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  • Short Summary

    Ships in a British convoy defend themselves from aerial attack.

  • Description

    Unused / unissued material - location and dates unclear or unknown.

    VS of convoy and accompanying warships at sea.

    VS as the fleet protection ships open up against German or possibly Italian air raiders with their anti-aircraft guns.

    Shots of bombs around convoy ships and gun crews in action.

    LS Planes taking off from aircraft carrier to engage raiders.

    LS Pan with enemy fighter ditching in sea.

    More shots of warships and merchant ships in convoy.

    (Dupe Neg.)

    Old record suggests date may be April 1941.

    Cataloguer's Note: - Film is scratched in parts - MD.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:06:36:00 / 01:09:09:00
    UN 273 A

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    If the suggested paperwork date is correct then this is probably footage of the Malta convey which set off from Gibralter in late March 1941 for the island in order to reinforce Malta's air defences. Operations MD 2 and MD 3 -begun in 17.4.41- were intended to supply Malta, retrieve empty ships in the island, and to create a diversion by bombarding Tripoli (on 18.4.41). The fleet, comprised battleships Barham, Valiant and Warspite, carrier Formidable, cruisers Calcutta and Phoebe, and destroyers Defender, Encounter, Griffin, Havelock, Hereward, Jaguar, Kimberley and Kingston. Twelve hours behind the Fleet, Breconshire escorted by the cruiser Perth and destroyer Hotspur also sailed.
    Source: THE SUPPLY OF MALTA 1940-1942, Part 1 of 3
    by the late Arnold Hague, Lieutenant Commander, RNR (Rtd) (c) 1995

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