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ID number F00242
Title [Interview with Captain R J 'Bert' Ritchie AO CBE] (By the seats of their pants)
Collection Film
Object type Interview
Place made Australia
Date made 27 October 1987
Physical description Betacam SP/Colour/sound (stereo)
Measurement 58 min 36 sec
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Captain Ritchie talks about his career in aviation and the role of Qantas during the Second World War. Among the topics mentioned are the 'Double Sunrise' operation, Australia to Colombo, using Catalina flying boats, Liberator bombers and Lancastrians (converted Lancaster bombers); 'biscuit bombing' and 'bully-beef bombing' - supply dropping sorties along the north coast of New Guinea; the evacuation of military and civilian personnel from Singapore and Java and the Japanese air raids on Broome.

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