• Short Summary

    Great story shows Canadian pilots arriving in Britain after flying aircraft across the Atlantic.

  • Description

    Titles read: "RAF FERRY COMMAND".

    Somewhere on the west coast of Britain.

    Aerial views as we cross over the sea in a Liberator aircraft that is on its way from Montreal in Canada to a reception terminal in west Britain. Brief shots of pilots in the cockpit.

    In a Transatlantic Air Control Room at the terminal we see wireless operators and WAAF cypher officers receiving and decoding messages relating to the types of aircraft on their way over. A movement board keeps track of planes arriving from Canada. In the observation tower men give landing instructions to the approaching Liberator and it lands on the airfield.

    M/S of Chief of Ferry Command Sir Frederick Bohill arrives at the airfield after a transatlantic crossing to inspect the European end of his organisation. WAAF ground staff unload kit from the plane. Government sponsored passengers step off a plane. A Fortress arrives with war supplies. Newly trained airmen from Canada step off a plane; one man has brought a banana with him that he hands to a WAAF.

    In the mess airmen write their reports and have a hot drink. WAAF mechanics refuel and check the aircraft. Freight is brought into the freight store. Airmen change American and Canadian money into British currency. Instruction on using oxygen masks is given to passengers including Commander Anthony Kimmins who is going to Canada. In the Met Office ferry pilots check on the weather; they are going back to fetch more bombers.

    In the kitchen, flasks of hot drinks and packets of sandwiches are prepared. In the mess lounge pilots put on flying kit for an other journey. M/S of a plane outside called 'Hitler's Hearse'. Dark shots at night as an Aldis lamp flashes a signal and a Liberator takes off.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:12:38:00 / 01:15:51:00

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