Repatriated American flyers depart Annecy, France, during World War 2. French civilians walking and cycling along a path beside the airfield, at Annecy, France, are blown by the propwash from a taxiing U.S. Army Air Forces C-47 aircraft. Image of the Hotel des Alpes, overlooking Lake Annecy, Glion, s/Montreux, Switzerland, and image of the flag of Graubunden Canton, Switzerland. (These are souvenirs from places where American flyers were interned.) Repatriated American flyers climbing aboard a C-47 at the airfield. The C-47 taking off. More repatriated flyers gathered on the airfield grass, waiting to board another airplane. A person chasing a sheep and lamb near the group. German prisoners of war, pause from their task of clearing stones from the airfield, to watch a c-47 taking off. Children,and several adults, on the path beside the airfield, are blown by the propwash from a C-47's propellers, as it taxis. Some of the boys lie down to minimize the effect, while they watch. The German POWs resume work clearing stones, as a C-47 takes off in the background. The German prisoners pause and pose for the camera.
U.S. Army Air Forces flyers who escaped internment in Switzerland, are seen at Annecy airfield, France, during World War II. Escapees pose on a field. Swiss banner and sticker on a suitcase. French civilians stand around. U.S. Colonel shakes hands with departing escaped USAAF flyers, who board USAAF C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft parked in the background. U.S. Colonel and French civilians stand in wind caused by propwash from the aircraft. The C-47 taxis along the grassy Annecy airfield. French civilians watch the C-47 as it taxis and takes off. Cattle on field. German prisoners of war look toward sky. Prisoners march along a field.
Large group of American airmen repatriated from internment in Switzerland, pose against backdrop of an Army canvas-covered truck, at Charmilles Hotel, Lake Annecy, France, during World War 2. A woman walks along the edge of Lake Annecy. Camera pans from her across the lake and mountains in background. Formation of clouds over mountains. Two Frenchmen hold baguettes of bread and stand in front of Charmilles Hotel. They walk through the gate.
view of a building in Annecy, France, during World War 2. Flags of Britain, Soviet Union, United States, and Poland displayed together. A busy street with many bicyclists. A truck driving on a road carrying a group of American flyers who have escaped internment in Switzerland. The flyers, in civilian clothes, smile and wave at the camera from the back of the truck. Change of scene to front view of the truck arriving at Annecy airfield. some flyers are riding on the fenders and running boards of the truck. view of German prisoners of war clearing stones from a field near the airfield runway. A C-47 transport aircraft landing on the field, in background. The German POWs pose for the camera. Cyclists on a dirt road near the airfield, pause to watch a C-47 taking off. Children on bicycles wave to the camera. View again, of German prisoners clearing stones from the field. Local children looking to the sky for airplanes.
An old French woman pushes a hand cart along a road beside Annecy airfield, France. during World War 2. German prisoners of war work removing stone from the airfield. American flyers, who escaped from internment in Switzerland, ride on a truck carrying them along the road behind the woman with her cart. They are dressed in civilian clothes. The German POWs look up as the truck drives past. One of the German prisoners is painting a signal device. The truck of American aviators pulls up to a C-47 transport airplane. They climb down. One of them wearing a German army cap, laughingly gives a Nazi salute, to the amusement of his companions. The Americans watch as a groups of German POWs march past. An officer speaks to the Americans. Meanwhile, German prisoners of war continue to walk past in the foreground, guarded by armed French soldiers. The repatriated flyers are briefed by pilots.
Repatriated U.S. Army Air Forces flyers, are gathered, waiting to depart the airfield, at Annecy, France, during World War 2. A C-47 airplane is parked behind them, They mingle with several French armed soldiers (who are guarding German POWs at work on the airfield). One officer examines a French guard's rifle. Some Frenchmen in black uniforms are also seen conversing in the group, as they all stand beside the open door of a C-47. An officer in the C-47 signals that it is time to go. The Americans and French say their goodbyes as the Americans climb aboard the aircraft. The door of the plane is closed.