• Short Summary

    Item showing events to mark the 25th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

  • Description

    Item title reads - Youth is the Spur. 1940 - 1965.

    25th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

    L/S boys from London Federation of Boys' Clubs at camp in Ashdown Forest. Various shots as they build log cabins and man short wave radio station. M/S's boys in cabin learning how to operate the radio. M/S boys running with logs. M/S's boys climbing up rope net, dragging logs along ground and through water etc. over assault course. M/S Mr and Mrs Goodlatte with Mr Latta. Various shots of a tug of war contest. M/S Mr Latta cheering them on. M/S winning team cheering. C/U David Jones. M/S as Mr Carreras awards prizes. M/S people applauding. M/S winning team.

    Various shots Spitfire on show at Biggin Hill. Various shots of the Air Show. L/S crowds round an Argosy Transporter. M/S the Heinkel Three. C/U people watching. M/S back view of Heinkel, C/U Swastika on tail. Interior shots people looking at JU-88. M/S Fockewolfe 190. C/U swastika. Dissolve into L/S of disused airfield. Pan looking through windows at airfield, we hear Churchill's speech about the Battle of Britain. M/S deserted Operations Room with sortie board. M/S deserted runway. C/U Bladon Church and churchyard. M/S Sir Winston Churchill's grave. C/U gravestone. L/S people queued up. C/U small girl. M/S as man puts wreath from people of Bladon onto grave. C/U wreath. L/S pan as Hurricane and Spitfire fly over and dip their wings in salute.

    Interior M/S Westminster Abbey, M/S as Battle of Britain pilots walk down aisle escorting the R.A.F. Ensign. L/S as the pilots take up positions. C/U Mr and Mrs Harold Wilson. L/S as Lady Clementine Churchill, accompanied by son Randolph, leads the family in procession. L/S as they take up positions. M/S as more members of the family, including Mr Soames, walk down the aisle. M/S Sir Anthony Eden in procession. L/S as the family take up positions.

    C/U pan Battle of Britain pilots from left to right. F. E. Rosier, A.R.D. MacDonell, Group Captain Davies. G. K. Bramah, R. R. S. Tuck, R. P. Beaumont, and J. Kowalski with white hair, others are unidentified. L/S Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by Dean of the Abbey, taking their places in front of commemorative stone to Winston Churchill. M/S members of Churchill's family watching. L/S as Dean turns and bows to Queen who walks forward and makes speech (natural sound) before unveiling the stone. C/U pan down the stone. M/S congregation, pan up to M/S of the Abbey. L/S as the Queen walks over to talk with Lady Churchill and Randolph. M/S as the Duke shakes hands with Randolph and Lady Churchill. Various shots as the Queen walks over and talks to the Battle of Britain pilots. Various shots of the Battle of Britain Window in the Abbey. C/U airman depicted on window. C/U printing on window "We Few We Happy Few, We Band of Brothers".

    L/S Spitfire looping the loop. Various shots of today's pilots. M/S instructor holding small model of jet. C/U's of the pilots. L/S of jets lined up on tarmac. Various shots of pilot in one, he adjusts his helmet and closes canopy. M/S planes flying in formation then peeling off.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:17:53:00 / 01:25:28:00

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