A short film celebrating RAF's 25th birthday.
Full title reads: "MANY HAPPY RETURNS - (1918 - 1943) - 25 YEARS YOUNG - PATHE GAZETTE PRESENTS THIS TRIBUTE TO THE ROYAL AIR FORCE - ON THE OCCASION OF THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS FORMATION."
Several shots of early film of the Wright Brothers in their aircraft and as they are taking off. Several shots of four engine bombers being loaded by bombs. Group of World War I pilots of the RFC (Royal Flying Core). Bombs being fitted into old aircraft. Various shots of the WRAF's of the World War I preparing the planes for takeoff - women working, cleaning planes, etc. Various shots of WRAF's of the World War II working and marching. First war planes being loaded with bombs. Bombs dropping, cut to large explosion. Line of the World War I planes. Line of World War II planes. Close up shot of animated diagram showing how the R.F.C. (Royal Flying Core) and R.N.A.S. (Royal Naval Air Service) got together and produced RAF (Royal Air Force). Various shots of the scenes from Schnieder Trophy race of 1931 at which a speed of 397 m.p.h. was reached. Biplanes lined up - King George V inspects them at Mildenhall in 1935. Ground to air shots of fly past at one of the early Hendon meetings. Part of display of bombing mock targets. Early mass parachute drop at Hendon. Takeoff of first Spitfire in 1938. Mass of Spitfires taking off. Britain's Prime Minister Mr Churchill in R.A.F. uniform with his men. Pilots running out during scramble. Short Battle of Britain sequence. Formation of Spitfires. Close up shot of RAF heroes - Squadron Leader Nicolson V.C., Sergeant Hannah V.C., Sergeant Ward V.C., Squadron Leader Finucane D.S.O., D.F.C. and two bars and Wing Commander Nettleton V.C. Various shots of RAF activity on bombing raids, convoy escort etc. Several shots of the aircraft taking off for raid early in the morning. Montage sequence of bombing raids on Paris, Genoa, Holland, St Marlo, Cologne, Essen. All shots have titles of towns superimposed. RAF 'crowd' posing to camera.
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