10.11.1913 – 18.8.1970
Photo caption: SKEETS Kelly in the nose of a B-25 Mitchell bomber shooting aerial sequences for BATTLE OF BRITAIN (1969)
GRAHAM “SKEETS” KELLY BSC
Former camera operator on films such as Great Expectations (1946) Directed by David Lean and photographed by Guy Green BSC, Treasure Island (1950) directed by Byron Haskin and photographed by Freddie Young OBE BSC, Around the World in 80 Days (1956) foreign locations, directed by Michael Anderson and photographed by Lionel Lindon, who became second unit DP par excellence specialising in aerial sequences on films such as The War Lover (1962) directed by Philip Leacock and photographed by Bob Huke BSC, Lawrence of Arabia (1962) directed by David Lean and photographed by Freddie Young OBE BSC, Lord Jim (1965) directed by Richard Brooks and photographed by Freddie Young OBE BSC, Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (1965) directed by Ken Annakin and photographed by Chris Challis BSC, The Blue Max (1966) directed by John Guillermin and photographed by Douglas Slocombe BSC, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) directed by Ken Hughes and photographed by Chris Challis BSC, Battle of Britain (1969) directed by Guy Hamilton and photographed by Freddie Young OBE BSC and Zeppelin* (1971) directed by Etienne Périer and photographed by Alan Hume BSC.
*Tragically, An SE.5A replica EI-ARB (British fighter bi-plane from the First World War) collided in mid-air with the Alouette camera helicopter, during the filming of "Zeppelin" and fell into the Irish Sea. The Irish Air Corp pilot Jim Liddy of the SE.5A and all on board the Alouette: ace helicopter pilot Gilbert Chomat "Gilly", cameraman Skeets Kelly and director Burch Williams were killed.