PERSONAL RECORD. PAPPS, COLIN. [84 SQUADRON IN INDIA - QUETTA AIRFIELD, RECREATION, CAMEL TRAIN, SPORTS DAY]
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Air force personal getting into a RAF Lockheed Hudson at Quetta Airfield, Balochistān in modern day northern Pakistan. Two NCOs fooling about for the camera. POV of the officers on bicycles riding about the base, filmed from another bike. Sheep in the Himalayan foothills. Young serviceman in athletic gear with scorpion on singlet (84 Squadron insignia). Eating in the mess. [Falcons] flying about. Servicemen at target practice. Light aircraft crash landing on airfield.
Steel sign reads: “Kabari Market”. The markets resembling a giant jumble and the locals peddling their wares. Airmen holding hands. Swimming in pool, diving off board. Man on swing with child. Recreational scenes. Dog fetching in the pool. Servicemen on donkeys. A camel train traveling to Afghanistan. Elevated view of the base from hills.
Sports day. Relay races. Prize giving. Hand drawn poster for the 84 Squadron Grand Dance.
Feeding puppies a leg of mutton.
Plaque presented to the squadron.
A de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide landing at airfield.
Servicemen beside war memorial.
Note: Colin Papps was a Commander in the RAF during World War II. He served with 84 Squadron in India and later flew spitfires in Burma with 681 Squadron.
Reference number F26521
Collection Film and Video Collection
Media type Moving Image
Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA, UNITED KINGDOM