• Short Summary

    Astra Gazette special about Princess Elizabeth attending graduation parade at RAF Cranwell.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Astra Gazette Special Edition. Graduation Parade of No 53 entry and No 4 (E&S) Entry at The RAF College Cranwell".

    Royal Air Force College Cranwell, Lincolnshire.

    GV of Cranwell building. VS of rows of chairs outside. VS of cadets making preparations for guests - moving chairs, vacuuming red carpet. MS Cadets being checked out before the parade. GV of gates of College - cars and pedestrians start to arrive. Good shot through gates of College with people walking up to it. VS of guests taking their seats. Seats being filled. Cadet with family. CU RAF senior officers: Air Vice Marshall G. E. Nicholetts (Senior Air Staff Officer Coastal Command), AVM G. R. C. Spencer AOC No. 19 Group, Coastal Commander Sir Leslie Hollinghurst (Air Member for Personnel) with Lady Embry, pan to Sir Basil Embry of Fighter Command.

    Top shot cadets marching on parade ground. Crowd watching. Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) arrives and walks towards camera with Air Commodore Sinclair, commander-in-chief Cranwell. Cranwell tower with royal flag breaking. Present arms by cadets. Princess Elizabeth inspects officer cadets (4 shots). CU Air Marshal Stevens. Princess Elizabeth inspecting cadets (2 shots). Crowd watching, including American and foreign Air Force officers. Various shots cadets marching past Princess.

    Presentation of special awards to Flight Cadet Under-Officer Henry Alan Merriman (Sword of Honour and King's Medal) of Buntinford. Medal of Honour being presented to Flight Cadet Under-Officer B. A. Spry of Paignton Cadets. Princess Elizabeth makes speech to cadets (natural sound). Colours marched into college (5 shots).

    Princess Elizabeth leaves college by car for airfield. Crowd. Princess Elizabeth inspects line of aircraft and airmen (Sinclair with her). Princess Elizabeth looks at modern aircraft. LS Cranwell College tower. MS Sir Hugh Walmsley, Group Captain Kyle and Sir John Slessor. CU Air Commandant N. M. Salmon, Director of WRAF (Women's Royal Air Force). Group looking up. Three aircraft flying. Princess Elizabeth and cadets looking up. Three planes loop the loop. MS Princess Elizabeth chatting with cadets.

    Astra Special, issue 133. Shots also used in Pathe Gazette issue 51/63 and UN 2382 D

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:08:00 / 01:08:52:00

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