Tripoli [3 Squadron RAAF] / Flight Lieutenant Ralph C Wilkinson

Accession Number F00257
Collection type Film
Measurement 19 min 33 sec
Object type Home movie
Physical description 8mm standard/b&w/silent
Maker Wilkinson, Ralph Courtier
Place made North Africa: Libya, Tripolitana
Date made 1942-1943
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Captured Luftwaffe Fieseler Storch liaison aircraft comes in to land. A parked Hawker Hurricane of 238 Squadron (Sqn) RAF (code KC-K). P-40 engine cowling panels off and engine idling. RAAF truck with troops on the ground. Parked P-40 nose on engine idling. Same P-40 from the side. Captured Me-109 starting up and taking off. RAF Vickers-Armstrong ASVII Wellington flies past (note the large ring surrounding the aircraft used to detonate magnetic mines). Long shot of P-40s taking off from desert airfield. Long shot of squadron tents. Various shots of P-40s taking off. Australian with aircraft part. RAAF truck with two men next to truck. Axis aircraft wrecks. Grave yard of wrecked German Junkers 52 transport aircraft. Crusader tank transporters drive through the Marble Arch. High angle from Marble Arch. Various views of the relief sculptures that cover the arch. Men at Christmas mess in the desert. Road journey continues. Wadi Saddadah. Tarhunah. Camel herd. Tripoli cathedral. Street scenes. Civic buildings. Views of harbour. Changing guard - parade - Scottish Regiment. Pan of captured airfield showing P-40, Italian bombers, B-24 Liberator and hangars. Roman ruins at Submatha. Australians sightseeing. Amphitheater. Berber women carrying bundles of fire wood. Meffatia. El Hamma Hotel Gabas. Local children. El Djem, Vic and Nev barter with the locals. Captured German half-track drives around the Roman ruins. Butcher shop. Kairouan. RAF Douglas Boston light bombers taking off. Roman pool. Squadron member back to camera washing in the desert next to a 44 gallon drum.

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