The jail breakers (Ops 68)

Accession Number F02572
Collection type Film
Measurement 6 min
Object type To be confirmed
Physical description 35mm - safety/b&w/silent
Place made France: Picardie, Somme, Amiens
Date made 18 February 1944
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


The raid on Amiens prison by Mosquito aircraft of No. 215 Squadron RAF and No. 464 Squadron RAAF. The purpose of the operation was to breach the prison walls thereby enabling the escape of members of the French resistance who were imprisioned there awaiting execution. Shows Mosquitoes lined up on the runway and bombing up prior to the raid. Mosquito of No. 21 Sqn RAF taking off. An animated map of the flight path over the channel. Fighter escort provided by Hawker Typhoons of No. 174 Squadron RAF. Mosquitoes flying low over the sea. A model of the prison with superimposed animated road signs. The attack on the prison. Still photographs taken after the attack showing the breached prison walls.

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