An aerial view of Atsugi Airfield as seen from a U.S. aircraft in flight, shortly after the end of World War 2. Aircraft parked on Atsugi Airfield. Scene shifts to a harbor area and dock installations in vicinity of Yokosuka Naval Base. Ships alongside a finger dock. Bomb damage in the surrounding area.
Surrender of Japanese Imperial forces leads to end of World War II. American planes approach Atsugi Air Base in Japan. Wrecked Japanese planes on airfield. Japanese labor works on airfield. C-54 aircraft lands in Atsugi. General Douglas MacArthur disembarks the plane. USS Missouri in Tokyo bay. Surrender ceremonies aboard USS Missouri. Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mamoru Shegemitsu (with cane), General Yoshijiro Umezu, Major General Yatsuji Nagai, Katsuo Okazaki, Rear Admiral Tadatoshi Tomioka, Toshikazu Kase, and Lieutenant General Suichi Miyakazi on deck of USS Missouri. Cameramen record event. General MacArthur speaks on mike. American officers surround General MacArthur. Surrender Instrument on table. Eleven men Japanese Delegation move ahead to sign the Surrender Instrument. Mamoru Shegemitsu signs Surrender Instrument. General Jonathan Wainwright and Lieutenant General Sir Arthur E Percival of British Army step forward with General MacArthur to sign Surrender Instrument. Map shows surrender locations like China, Manchuria, South West Pacific, Central Pacific, Japan, South Korea and Philippines.
Japanese soldiers unload equipment from C-54 at Atsugi Airdrome in Japan. Japanese Work Battalion repair runway of Atsugi Airstrip. Japanese soldier spread dirt. C-54 parked on runway. C-54 with truck nearby, unload the equipment. Truck pulls away. View of airstrip and C-47's. C-54's lined up.
Japanese soldiers at control tower of Atsugi Airdrome in Japan. Sign board of "Atsugi Tokyo Airdrome Base Operations 3rd Airdrome Squadron". Control building. Japanese in control tower look outside from window. Japanese soldiers around. Japanese officers talk. Japanese soldiers march. Japanese civilian talk to Japanese officer. Japanese alphabets are written on a shirt.
Various Activities at Atsugi Airdrome near the city of Yamato in Japan. Two Japanese soldiers look into cockpit of a captured American P-40 fighter plane, which has been repainted in Japanese markings.. Steel structure of hangar in the background. Enlisted man looks through binoculars on tripod near Base Operations headquarters. Sign seen reads, 'Atsugi Tokyo Airdrome, Base Operations, 3rd Airdrome Sqdn.'
Satchel with 5th Air Force patch. American troops leaving C-54 transport upon arrival at Atsugi Airdrome in Japan. Air Transport Command (ATC) insignia on fuselage of aircraft. Wooden Control tower with sign "Tokyo Base Operation, 3rd Airdrome Squadron". Several red Japanese fire trucks in a row at edge of tarmac, along with two liquid tank trucks and 7 brown Japanese cloth top automobiles marked with crosses on their fenders. A C-47 is parked in background. American soldiers in full combat gear walking across the tarmac. American soldiers, who just arrived in C-54 transport aircraft, line up and collect their baggage from bottom of the aircraft.