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ID numberF00242
Collection typeFilm
Title[Interview with Captain R J 'Bert' Ritchie AO CBE] (By the seats of their pants)
Measurement58 min 36 sec
DownloadDownload video 260.28 MB
Object typeInterview
Place madeAustralia
Date made27 October 1987
DescriptorBetacam SP/Colour/sound (stereo)
AccessView only
DescriptionCaptain 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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