• Short Summary

    Flight Lieutenant Harry Monks on an RAF survival test on Thorney Island, Hampshire.

  • Description

    Thorney Island, Hampshire.

    M/Ss as an RAF officer, Flight Lieutenant Harry Monks, on a survival test lands in a field by parachute; he gathers up the parachute and carries it and his kit bag to a suitable spot for camping. C/U as he sits on the bundled up parachute, starts to undo his survival kit bag and takes out the contents, starting with a rubber dingy.

    C/U panning right of other items in the bag, now laid out on a pink sheet or blanket on the ground; items include drinking water, concentrated foods, sea-water desalting equipment and a new item known as 'SARAH' - a radio transmitter with self-erecting aerial and a 20 hour battery ('SARAH' stands for Search and Rescue and Homing). M/S as we see the airman assembling this transmitter, speaking into a mouthpiece and listening to it.

    M/S and C/U of the airman selecting some wood for chopping. M/S and C/U of him opening his concentrated food rations; then emptying the food from tubes into silver tins. M/S as he lights a fire; C/U as he fixes some handles on the tins. M/Ss of him cooking something in a tin hung above the fire on a stick; then pouring it into a cup to drink - I think it's hot chocolate.

    M/S of the airman opening the parachute over the dinghy; he gets into the boat and folds the parachute up around him. He puts the hood up over his head and buttons the outer flaps of the dinghy up to his neck, then snuggles down inside the dinghy cocoon to go to sleep.

    High angle M/S of his campsite with all his survival bits and pieces still laid out on the blanket, and the airman completely encased in the dinghy cocoon, with his head out of sight inside too!

    Note: there is a small newspaper article on file about the RAF survival tests.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:08:47:00 / 01:11:40:00
    CP 054

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