• Short Summary

    Hurricane fighter planes for the RAF are assembled and take off from west African aerodrome.

  • Description

    Titles read: "PLANES FOR THE MIDDLE EAST".

    West Coast of Africa.

    Flashback to before the Second World War as we see African men working to clear palm trees and swamp land to make way for an aerodrome in this area.

    Then we see various shots from the present day of large crates being pulled by trucks onto the aerodrome tarmac. Hurricane fighter planes are unloaded from the crates and assembled by mechanics and locals, then wheeled into position.

    The newly built Hurricanes rev up and take off. Blenheim aircraft taxis for take off; it will lead the formation of Hurricanes across the African Bush to the Middle East. Air to air shots of the Hurricanes that have been fitted with extra fuel tanks to make this journey.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1328.22
    Media URN:
    43864
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    06/07/1942
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:27:58:00 / 01:30:10:00
    Canister:
    42/54

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