• Short Summary

    Air Transport Auxiliary pilots at work + Churchill inspect planes at Bomber Command.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Ferry Pilots".

    Unidentified RAF station.

    Panning shot with two Bristol Beaufighters as they land. The aeroplanes are being delivered to RAF (Royal Air Force) operational centres by Air Transport Auxiliary pilots. Various shots of the ferry pilots which include a few women. A female WRAF officer is heard giving instructions to the women pilots about a plane delivery to Scotland. Various shots of pilots getting into planes. Panning shot of an RAF Douglas Mohawk taking off. Panning shot of De Havilland Flamingo taking off. Panning shot of Mohawk taking off.

    At another RAF station.

    Pan from Sir Charles Portal to Sir Dudley Pound to Winston Churchill. They are inspecting aeroplanes at section of Bomber Command. M/S Avro Anson taking off. C/U of the VIPs getting caught in a dust cloud thrown up by the aircraft's slipstream. Good shot of a Boeing D.17. on the ground. M/S of Churchill getting out of the Boeing, having inspected its interior. Various shots of VIPs inspecting the planes. C/U of Churchill in overcoat and wearing a homburg hat smoking a cigar.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    hd format:
    HD at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:22:16:00 / 01:23:58:00

Comments (1)

  1. Flybob says

    The two landing 'Beaufighters' at the start are a Bristol Blenheim Mk 1 followed by an Avro Anson. The 'Douglas Mohawk' is a fictitious name; the aircraft shown are early North American Harvard Mk 1s. The Boeing 'D17' is a B17C ('Fortress 1' in RAF service) and this section also has shots of a Bristol Blenheim Mk lV.
    Good shots of the ATA ladies being briefed in front of an Airspeed Oxford (by Pauline Gower?)

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