Great footage as we accompany the RAF on bombing raids by day and night.
Titles read: "PATHE GAZETTE SPECIAL PRESENTATION - TERROR FROM THE SKIES - THE RAF HITS THE HUN BY DAY & NIGHT".
Somewhere in Britain.
RAF men of a Boston Bombers Squadron gather on an airfield for an outdoor briefing. They make their way to their aircraft. Planes taxi and take off. Air to air shots with the Bostons as they make their way over English countryside and Channel at fairly low level.
As we fly over the dock installations and U-boat base at St Malo we see good shots of sticks of bombs falling from the bombers and finding their targets. Good (though quite scratched) shots from a Boston Bomber as it flies at low level across French coast and countryside and eventually attacks chemical works at Lyons.
At dusk we see bombs being loaded onto Lancaster Bombers. RAF pilots and crew chat in a hut before the raid. Carrier pigeons sit in boxes; one pokes his head out of his porthole. Shots in the diminishing light of airmen getting into their flying suits, having a last cigarette and making their way to their planes (this sequence is natural sound).
Against the night sky, we see the Lancasters start up and taxi out. The perspex parts of the planes glint in the moonlight. Quick shot of RAF man operating Aldis Lamp. Good shots of the bombers taking off. Air to air night shots of the Lancasters heading towards an unidentified German city. Aerial shots of the flickering of the bombed targets, some good shots. The plane we are in swings violently to avoid German anti-aircraft fire.
L/S in early morning light Lancaster returning to Tangmere Airport (? from old d/b record). Woman at control desk speaks to crews via radio. Various shots of returning bombers, crew leaving plane and coming in for debriefing and a cup of tea.