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Published on Feb 18, 2017
I have just been given this newly digitised coloured footage from 8mm home movie featuring former RNZAF Station Lauthala Bay, near Suva in Fiji. It was filmed by RNZAF member Barry Jones, and given to me to distribute by Barry's brother Owen Jones. It's a superb look around the station and showing the leisure activities of the personnel and their families. Plus there are brilliant scenes of the lovely huge Short Sunderland MR.5 flying boats of No. 5 Squadron at rest in the bay and in flight, including air-to-air during what is believe to be the last five-ship formation flight of Sunderlands done by the squadron, in 1961. The film footage was silent so I have added a music track, you can turn the sound down if you don't like it.
Music includes: Isa Lei - by Les Cleveland and the D-Day Dodgers Sing, Sing, Sing - by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra Harbor Lights - by Sammy Kaye and his Orchestra Blue Smoke - by Pixie Williams