Accession Number F02134
Collection type Film
Measurement 6 min 6 sec
Object type To be confirmed
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Maker RAAF Historical Records Section Cine Unit SEAC
Place made India
Date made 25 March 1945
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


RAF Station Salbani, West Bengal, India showing a Consolidated B-24 Liberator VI (B-24H and early B-24J model) heavy bombers of 356 Squadron RAF as seen by the distinctive crossed tail markings and crew. Radio room. Road construction. Shot of survival kit and contents - map, money, British flag and Burmese phrase book. Salbani egg stores. "Snow White Laundry' , Salbani showing Warrant Officer (Toss) Starkoff (possibly 426701 Anthony Starkoff) submitting a shirt. Crew soccer team with their RAF coach Flight Officer Sid and soccer match. 434840 Flight Sergeant Mick Pullen a North Melbourne Australian Rules football player tries to stop a penalty. Men beating bomb fins into shape.

Between 4:16 and 4:48 is the fitting of a long range fuel tank into the forward section of a B-24 Liberator VI bomb bay. These long range tanks helped to increase the internal fuel load of the aircraft to undertake long range reconnaisance and strike missions across the Bay of Bengal and into Japanese occupied Burma and Thailand. 356 Squadron had many Australians serve within the unit alongside other British Commonwealth air and ground crewmen.

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