• Short Summary

    Australian man flies family home from UK in bomber, having been refused sea passage.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Family flies home by bomber".

    Location of events unknown.

    Having been refused priority sea passage from Britain, Australian man takes things into his own hands: he buys an RAF bomber.

    Various shots of Captain Wickner, his wife, two children, crew, and passengers (20 in all) walking around the Halifax bomber "Waltzing Matilda". The aeroplane is parked on an airstrip. C/U of plane's name sign. M/S of Mrs W and her two small children looking out of gun turret. M/S of Wickner showing his son the interior of the bomber. Captain Wickner speaks (natural sound):

    "I want to introduce all my passengers to Waltzing Matilda which is your serial chariot, and which I hop will take you safely to Australia. I am taking with me my wife Trudie, my daughter Isobel Christina and my son Val. The crew consists of ex-RAF personnel all thoroughly experienced on the job they are going to undertake on this flight".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1380.23
    Media URN:
    45179
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1946
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:39:58:00 / 01:40:52:00
    Canister:
    46/33

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