• Short Summary

    Belgian Defence Minister Gutt presents a historic flag to the Belgian Air Force in Britain.

  • Description

    Titles read: "FLAG WITH A HISTORY".

    A Home Counties Aerodrome, somewhere in Britain.

    Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands arrives in uniform at the aerodrome and meets the Belgian Defence Minister, Monsieur Gutt, and the Secretary of State for Air, Sir Archibald Sinclair. M Gutt makes a short speech and presents the Standard of the Belgian Air Force to the Belgian section of the RAF.

    Commentator explains that the flag was presented to the Belgian Air Force by the late King Albert in 1919. With the second German invasion in May 1940 it was placed in a shell case and buried in a wood near the Belgian coast. There it lay for over a year, until recently a young pilot officer went back to his country and recovered it. Newly promoted officers hold the corner of the flag while taking the oath of allegiance. An air force band plays while airmen march past the dignitaries present. End shot shows aircraft flying in formation.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1318.14
    Media URN:
    43646
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    19/02/1942
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:21:48:00 / 01:23:42:00
    Canister:
    42/15

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