After the battle of Saipan, during World War 2, P-47s of the 318th fighter Group 19th Fighter Squadron are seen flying in from the Carrier, USS Natoma Bay and those of the 73rd Fighter Squadron, flying in from the USS Manila Bay. View from a P-47 approaching Coastline of Saipan Island . Control tower operator on lookout for aircraft. Signal from the tower giving the planes directions for landing. Four P-47s peeling off for landing. P-47s approach and land on Aslito airfield, island of Saipan. Fliers standing around their aircraft watching other planes come in for landing. 19th Fighter Squadron P-47s taxiing into parking area. Pilot talking to the crew chief of his plane. View across airfield showing the demolished hangar building with P-47s in 19th Fighter Squadron's dispersal area. Fuel Trucks and ground crew personnel attend to the arriving aircraft. One of the P-47s carries the name: "Jackie Eilen" and another, the name "Angel." (Note: Although written introduction to this film refers to 11 June, the events depicted occurred after 20 June, 1944. The invasion of Saipan did not begin until 15 June, 1944. Aslito Field was captured on 19 June, 1944. The first P 47 aircraft (a few) arrived on 20 June, 1944 while the Seabees were working to make the field operational.)
The Pacific Campaign of World War II on the Island of Saipan, Mariana Islands. Aslito Airfield as it appeared when ground crews of the 318th Group arrived on 18th June, 1944. A U.S. Marine as he walks around inspecting the dead bodies of Japanese soldiers. Japanese mess kit showing spilled rice. Several dead Japanese soldiers lying around in the area. Destroyed Japanese aircraft with "NTP-1" written on tail. Demolished hangars and buildings. Fuel drop tanks lying around in the area. Surrounding installations showing the buildings that have been bombed or completely demolished. 804th Aviation Engineers at work clearing the area for camp site using heavy duty equipment such as bulldozers, graders, cranes, and half tracks. Damaged Japanese hangar.
U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) P-47s of the 318th Fighter Group on Aslito airfield (Insley Field) Saipan, launch mission against Japanese positions onTinian Island during World War 2. Preparations showing Base Weather Station with men preparing last minute data, Saipan Island. Pilots are being briefed by officer in front of chart titled Tinian. 19th Squadron pilots in jeep leaving for take off area on Aslito Airfield, Saipan. Pilots boarding P-47 Thunderbolt fighters. P-47s warming up in flight line. P-47s moving out of flight line and taxiing on airfield. P-47s of the19th and 333rd Fighter Squadrons take off from airfield.
(Note: last 60" or so of film is reversed.)
Pacific campaign of World War II on the island of Saipan, Mariana Islands. U.S. Army Air Forces P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft of 19th Fighter Squadron, 318th Fighter Group, taxiing into parking area in Aslito Airfield (Isley Field), Saipan Island. Weapon carriers going out to transport pilots back to base operations. Pilots being driven off to debriefing session after the Tinian strike mission.
U.S. Army Air Forces 19th Fighter Squadron personnel on the Island of Saipan, Mariana Islands in World War 2. Pilot writing a letter at Aslito Airfield, Saipan Island. Interior operations building showing the men lounging around and relaxing. Barber giving a haircut in outside area, P-47 Thunderbolt planes in background. Airman taking a nap. Bulletin board of the fighter squadron with chalk reference to 19th Bomb Squadron (possibly meaning fighter-bomber Squadron).Contains a note reading: "Minimum buzzing alt 50 ft." Alert duty roster is posted with names of pilots, shifts they will pull, & assigned aircraft numbers. Pilots cleaning and inspecting their sidearms.
U.S. forces battle against the enemy on Saipan, Mariana Islands during World War II. The 4th Marine Division advances on the eastern side of Saipan. Marines fire rifles. The 2nd Marine Division fires at enemy snipers. The 8th Marine Regiment advances amidst heavy firing. A Marine M3A1 light tank equipped with flamethrower (Satan flame tank) is seen in action. Marines moving slowly behind a tank. Two marines running, under fire, carrying a wounded on a stretcher. Others run for cover before a huge explosion. The 8th Marines capturing Mount Tapochau. The 4th Division moving M16 rocket launchers into position for deployment. barrages of rockets striking distant targets in the Bluff Point area. Closeup of rockets being fired from launcher on back of a truck. Map showing Saipan and the disposition of the various Marine units as of 24 June, 1944. American P-47 aircraft parked at Aslito airfield. One has the name "Rosemary" painted across its engine cowling. P-47s taking off on 26 June, to strike at Tinian. A Grumman TBF Avenger is seen taking off at the same time. Another status map shows improved U.S. positions.