• Short Summary

    British airmen return to UK and tell of their rescue from the frozen wastes of Greenland.

  • Description

    Topcliffe, Yorkshire. British airmen are rescued from Polar ice cap, off Greenland after crash.

    GV. SV. Plane taxiing in. STV. Crowd walking forward. SV. Ice Cap Men Disembarking. CU. Lance Corporal Brian Fussey greeting mother. SV. Major D. Barker Simpson leaving plane with crutches. SV. Crowd around plane. CU. Flight Sergeant Frank Burke greets wife and 3 year old son Bobby. SV. Pressmen etc. A/V. Ice Caps. A/V Glacier. A/V Snow wastes pan up to Ice Caps. SV. Supplies being prepared for drop. LV. Marooned airmen around wrecked plane. SV. Airmen preparing to drop supplies. SCU Signal light in a/c. SV. First drop going overboard. LV. Twin 'chutes floating to ground. SV. Wrecked plane. SV. Another drop being pushed out of aircraft. LV. Wrecked plane. Arctic tents in background. SV. Other 'chutes floating down. LV. Wrecked plane. SV. Jerry cans containing spirit being made ready. LV. Amphibian plane going into land. SV. Amphibian plane landing. LV. Amphibian plane taxiing up to wrecked Hastings. SV. Jerry cans kicked out by free drop method from 50 feet, and cans bounce on ground. V. Next load of cans being made ready. SV. Cans bounce on snow. LV. Ski Dakota taking off. GV. Hastings plane. LV. Plane with skis flying away. GV. Wrecked Hastings a/c after rescue. GV. Ice cap mountains.

    Topcliffe, Yorkshire: SV. Rescued men lined up for interviews. CU. Flight-Lieutenant Clancy saying NATURAL SOUND: 'When the full appreciation of our position was made we became fully reconciled to the fact that we might have to spend the winter there. We were quite prepared to do that.' SCU. Major D. Barker-Simpson (lead for voice). CU. Major Simpson saying NATURAL SOUND: 'luckily we had a very excellent amateur Doctor on board on my left Flight Lt. O'Dare who looked after us extremely well. What he didn't know, which I agree wasn't very much, but he got advice from a Doctor in an aircraft and he strapped us up and looked after us extremely well while we were there.' SCU. Pan - Rescue men. GV. Rescued men.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:18:00 / 01:03:55:00

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    Two news reports I've found from the time of the incident suggest that the man currently named as "Brian Fussey" MIGHT in fact be Brian Hussey.

    The other men rescued and not currently mentioned in the shots list, (but possibly appearing in the clip), were F/L E. K. Adair, F/L R. E. MIchie, F/O L. Richardson, F/Eng R. R. Mosley, F/S J. Boyd, L Cpl B. Yates and Pte G. Jones.

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