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    Default Looking for info: WWII camera films available ?

    Hi all
    One quite often sees in ORBs and similar documents that when a RAF/RCAF/RAAF pilot was engaged in air combat when they destroyed or damaged an enemy aircraft the pilot would then write a report of the incident. When shooting on enemy a/c the cine camera was used if working. This means that when a Pilot opened fire on the enemy aircraft the camera started at the same time and would record the shooting. Some of these films are on YouTube.
    F/Lt Bob Earle was involved two times in such incidents damaging two Fw 190s on 14 + 24 Dec. 1944. He joined 412 Sqdn RCAF and both reports are in The National Archives in London UK ref. AIR 50/143/34. Is there anyone who can advise us how and where to obtain such films ? Bob (Robert Nevill) Earle himself was shot down and killed one week later on 31st Dec. 1944 and has been buried at Cleve/ Germany. He died at the age of 24 leaving his wife. His daughter was born four month after his death in April 1945.

    Peter Monasso
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    info@crashmuseum.nl
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    The Imperial War Museum Collections website has some gun camera film footage.

    This reel has two clips of F/Lt Earle of 412 Sqn (possibly your man?) attacking ground targets (click on 'Show More' for a full list of the clips on that reel):

    https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/i...ect/1060033381

    And more ground attacks by Earle here:

    https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/i...ect/1060035040

    https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/i...ect/1060035041

    https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/i...ect/1060035120

    This one has him attacking a Bf-109 on July 19th 1943, but not available to view online:

    https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/i...ect/1060035142

    Regards

    Simon
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    Default Looking for info: WWII camera films available ?

    Dear Simon
    Thank you very much for this great help. This is exactly where we are looking for !
    Really good work of you !
    Regards,
    Peter Monasso

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