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Video showing SEN-021 clip from Ken Senar's film.   Background to the film.   The film was taken at Royal Air Force Borgentreich, 83 Group, 2 A.T.A.F., Central Germany.   Ken was stationed there as a Fighter Controller.   He recalls that the inspecting A.O.C. was Air Vice Marshal the Earl of Bandon - but admits he could be wrong.   At the time of the film the station was the base for 537 Signals Unit, a 'mobile' G.C.I. station with urgently superimposed C & R responsibilities.   The establishment was small, with very few officers and just over 100 other ranks.   The Station Commander was Squadron Leader 'Paddy' Ryan.   The whole camp was undergoing a massive development programme in view of a permanent `Ops' site being built as an extension of the 'Rotor' programme at Auenhausen.   The building work is seen in the film but the new `Ops' site is not visited.

Photographic.   The film was taken with a hand held Paillard Bolex B8, 8mm movie camera, using Kodak 'Standard 8' reversal Kodachrome colour film.   Much was cut away during the editing process, which itself was done as part of a spare time hobby.   Many shots were retaken and more added to make continuity links.   The Station Commander asked Ken to film the parade and the day's events for later showing in the camp cinema.

Personnel.   There are many faces in the film that Ken can no longer remember, particularly those of the 'other ranks', most of whom he knew by name at the time.   Those who are remembered are named in the ensuing text.   The officers are named, except for one, the Education Officer, a Scottish Flying Officer (National Service) whose name Ken can no longer recall.

Security.   For obvious reasons shots of radar equipment do not exist, except for one momentary glimpse of a Type 13 'nodding horror' antenna later in the film.   It must be remembered that Borgentreich was an important front line station.   The Cold War was a very real factor at the time and, during the time of Hungarian riots, the station was on full alert and some blackout precautions were invoked.   Common sense (if not actual regulation) dictated that any record, no matter how remotely relevant, of operational equipment or activity could, in the wrong hands, have been of value to a potential enemy.   It was said, probably quite truthfully, that the camp was only a one hour Russian tank ride away from East Germany.

The A.O.C. Inspects RAF Borgentreich, 1st May 1956 - The film:   After TITLE: Parade sequences.   The Guard of Honour is formed up outside the Guard Room by the main gate.   Flt.Lt. Ron Young is in charge.   The education officer is supernumerary.   Flt.Lt 'Sam' Weller, station adjutant, hands over the main parade to Station Commander, Sqn.Ldr. 'Paddy' Ryan.   The supernumerary officers take up their positions.   The parade waits.
CLOCK: 08.58.
The arrival:    The A.O.C.'s car approaches.   The A.O.C. arrives, Guard of Honour 'Presents Arms', the ensign is hoisted.   The parade and inspection sequence:   Wives of serving personnel watch from by the flag pole.   There are many close-ups of personnel.   Those of the officers are of:   Fit. Lt. High, C & R officer, and i/c PSI funds.   Fg.Off Taylor, fighter controller, and i/c NAAFI and travel agency.   Flt.Lt. 'Bill' Billing, senior (& chief) controller, Flight Commander 'B' flight.   Fg.Off. McPhail, controller, and i/c sports.   PIt.Off. Peter Bunn, deputy technical officer, and i/c MT.   Officers seen during the inspection are:   Flt.Lt. Ray Street, chief technical officer.   Flt.Lt. Phil Philpott, senior (& chief) controller, Flight Commander 'A' flight.

Close order March!   The parade marches past the saluting base.   In order to do so, with the parade being held on the only available space - a vehicle turning circle outside Station HQ, all Flights had to march in a tight circuit to march past at all!   The Guard of Honour was made up of mostly admin personnel; the other two Flights were a mixture of technical and ops personnel.   One has to remember that a full watch was being worked at the time of the inspection, and nearly a quarter of all personnel would be so employed.   CLOCK: 10.00.

There is no sound with this clip.   This clip runs for 6 mins 45 secs.

(Thanks to Ken Senar for original film.)
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