77 Squadron RAAF Japan and Korea c1947-1954

Accession Number F04992
Collection type Film
Measurement 33 min 35 sec
Object type Home movie
Physical description 16mm/colour (Kodachrome)/silent
Maker Dohnt, Balfour
Place made Japan, Japan: Bofu, Japan: Iwakuni, Japan: Tokyo, Korea: Kimpo, Korea: Seoul
Date made 1947-1954
Access Open
Conflict Korea, 1950-1953
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

RAAF truck with unidentified airman posing for camera. Panoramic views of area around the town of Bofu. This was the initial location of 81 Wing (3 Mustang Squadrons) in occupation period. Good view of the Kintai Bridge constructed all in wooden centuries ago. Later washed away in a flood. Photographs being taken by group of airmen. A Japanese festival. United States Navy Martin Marnier on tarmac at Iwakuni. 81 Wing moved from Bofu to Iwakuni in late 1947. Living quarters at 81 Wing showing 81 Wing emblem over the entrance to the building. A train trip to Tokyo show with views of Mt Fuji. Panorama of the Imperial Palace, Tokyo showing the Diet building in the background. Scenes around Kyoto. BCOF leave hostel at Lake Biwa near Kyoto. Tokyo. Neon signs in the Ginza. Close ups of US servicemen with Japanese women in a bar or nightclub. RAAF airman at the same bar. Kintai Bridge at Bofu. Illustrated title 'Blossom season[. Approaching Eta Jima under large Torii. Eta Jima Island housed headquarters of BCOF. Street scene and market stalls. Another view of the large Torii from Eta Jima Island. Back at Bofu Japanese fashion models posing for photographers with Kintai Bridge in the background. In Bofu village showing allied servicemen in the street. Back at base showing RAAF mechanics boarding van to take them to work. One of two dogs after which the telephone exchange were named. RAF Sunderland aircraft moored at Iwakuni. Aircraft from 88 Squadron RAF that ran courier service from Hong Kong to Japan. Coastal scenes from a boat on the Inland Sea. RAAF party. Kure main street. Snow scenes at Kimpo, Korea. Unidentified RAAF individual walking towards camera. Group of RAAF mechanics pose for camera. Korean workers pose for camera. Pans of the base. Jeep and trailer at the base. Korean peasant homes and fields. Korean children. USAF transport aircraft Yong Dong Po airfield. Seoul showing street scenes and war damaged building. RAAF personnel wearing winter clothing. Korean children playing. Snow covered Kimpo airfield showing 77 Squadron RAAF Meteor aircraft with protective covers. Meteors in revetments. Douglas B-26 Invader and Lockheed F-80 Shooting star aircraft of the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing USAF. Sign for 67th Food Service Squadron. USAF transport aircraft. RAAF C-47 Dakota aircraft. Korean children and an Australian playing on a frozen paddy field. An armoured scout car. Korean children spinning tops. Kimpo town. Snow falling showing 77 Squadron RAAF living quarters. RAAF airman next to Jeep out side of a tent in spring or summer. 77 Squadron RAAF Meteor A77-855 'Easy Jake' and taxis out of revetment for take off. Farewell formation flypast for 77 Squadron RAAF departing Commanding Officer Group Captain Alan Hodges. The aircraft form the letters A H.

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