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American comedian Bob Hope and troupe arrives at the Mullinex field

American comedian Bob Hope arrives at the Bonriki airfield also known as Mullinex field. A PBY-5A Catalina lands and taxis. Bob Hope and his entertainment troupe exit the plane. They are greeted by officers and men. The troupe enters jeeps. PBY-5A Catalina warms up. Stage and spectators for the Bob Hope show. Bob Hope and troupe in plane.

Date: 1944, July 29
Duration: 4 min 12 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
U.S. Naval Task Force 58, including USS Yorktown attacked by a Japanese Kawanishi H8K flying boat in the Pacific.

USS Yorktown CV-10 in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Early 1944: Animated map shows the Caroline Islands, Mariana Islands, Gilbert Islands and the Marshall Islands in the Pacific. The U.S. Naval fleet advances from Truk Islands towards an advanced naval base in the Marshall Islands, taken from the Japanese. U.S. ships underway around the fleet anchorage. U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers, battleships, cruisers, fleet auxiliaries and support ships. Crew and aircraft on the flight deck of the 'Fighting Lady' CV-10. The crew members relax and enjoy themselves in the water. They dive and jump off a contraption into the sea. Sailors sort letters in the ship's post office. Some write letters back home. The crew assembled on the ship deck. Commander of the ship Rear Admiral Joseph James 'Jacko' Clark briefs the crew about their mission, designation to Task Force 58, and advance towards Tokyo. The USS Yorktown and other carriers of the Task Force underway. Sign boards for various Ready Rooms on the ship. Air Group Commanders and pilots ready on call. Rear seat gunners and radio men on call in another Ready Room nearby. They talk, relax, drink Coca-Cola and have ice cream. Flags on board. Commander of the TF 58 Admiral Marc Andrew 'Pete' Mitscher and Skipper Clark on the flight deck. A poster for the ship board movie 'Home in Indiana'. Sailors watch the movie. Planes in flight through clouds, the Task Force underway seeking the Imperial Japanese Naval fleet. New cruisers, Coast Guard cutters and Navy Transports in the Task Force. The patrol spots a Imperial Japanese Navy search plane, a Kawanishi H8K flying boat called 'Emily' by the Allies. The plane fires at the Task Force ships before being hit and sinking in the water. U.S. officers and sailors in a discussion. An animated map depicts the objective to move towards and free the Mariana Islands.

Date: 1944, February
Duration: 7 min 7 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
USAAF B-24 bombers drop bombs over target areas in Volcano Island and Yap island in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

U.S. bombings on islands in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Several aircraft in flight. A map showing a flight path from Volcano Island in the Philippines to Iwo Jima in Japan. On 10th August, 1944 : A United States Army air Force B-24 Liberator bomber aircraft in flight. Several B-24s in flight. The aircraft drop bombs over target areas and explosions occur. Smoke rises from the bombed areas. A map showing the flight path to Yap island. On 20th August, 1944 : A B-24 in flight drops bombs over target areas on Yap island. Smoke rises from the resultant explosions.

Date: 1944, August
Duration: 56 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: None
 
 
Battle of Saipan in the Pacific during World War II.

Animated map shows U.S. forces extending control in the Pacific to the Mariana Islands islands in the Pacific during World War 2. It shows chain of airfields linking island of Truk to homeland, Japan. Map focuses on island of Truk, in Micronesia, showing concentration of Japanese aircraft, ships, and troops there. Paths of U.S. air and naval attacks on Truk are shown. Map shows Japanese fleet withdrawing and U.S. forces by-passing Truk to concentrate on the Mariana islands. U.S. naval task force is seen off the island of Saipan on June 11, 1944. Two U.S. battleships are followed by two escort aircraft carriers/ Barrels of battleship triple guns firing at Saipan. Landing Craft Tank: Rocket LCT(R) firing salvos of rockets. Glimpse from aircraft, overhead, of landing craft leaving white wakes during amphibious assault. Closeups of U.S. troops in landing craft. View from shore of American troops storming ashore through surf, from landing craft, under heavy enemy fire. Closeup of soldier hunkered down in sand. Soldier dropping down from side of beached landing vehicle tracked (LVT). A fallen U.S. soldier floating in the water. Troops firing from their LVTs. Shells striking on sandy shore. Marines running with stretcher over their shoulders Fletcher class destroyer firing her guns to port. Brooklyn class light cruiser firing guns to port. View from ships flying Japanese flags, of Japanese warships headed to engage U.S. fleet. Japanese aircraft carriers and Aichi Kokuki KK dive bomber (Val) taking off from a carrier. Arial closeup of Japanese Val aircraft in flight. Formations of Japanese Val aircraft in flight. Formation of American Grumman TBF Avenger aircraft engaging the Japanese. Gun camera film showing Japanese aircraft being shot down. A Japanese aircraft crashing into the sea. Sailors of U.S. ship firing batteries of Bofors 40mm anti aircraft guns. and 20mm anti aircraft guns. Black flak clouds in the sky. A Japanese plane crashing into the sea. Aerial view of formation of Japanese Val aircraft in flight. Closeup of a Japanese Kawasaki Ki-61 (Hien) aircraft maneuvering to attack. More views of Japanese Val aircraft in formation. American dive bombers dropping bombs on, Japanese held, Orote airfield. View from the air of bombs striking and smoke clouds. Fires burning on the airfield. An American navy F6F hellcat plane diving. Gun camera film showing Japanese aircraft being downed. A plane director on deck of U.S. aircraft carrier. Two Grumman TBF aircraft taking off from a carrier. View toward tail of one taking off. U.S. aircraft in formation overhead, and then peeling off in trail formation to attack a target. Japanese ships being strafed. U.S. infantry continuing heavy fighting on Saipan.

Date: 1944
Duration: 4 min 29 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Montage of U.S. World War II combat scenes focusing primarily on the foot soldier (Infantry)

U.S. Army infantry patiently making their way on foot at various places in Europe and the Pacific during World War 2. Troops under fire during an amphibious assault. Others employing small arms in fire fights. American soldier firing a Browning 30 caliber light machine gun from a protected position. The American flag planted at a beachhead on a Pacific island. Landing craft in the background. Infantry moving widely spread out across a field. A line of soldiers standing side-by-side firing their rifles toward an enemy position. Closeup glimpse of soldier with fixed bayonet on his rifle. Flamethrower being employed. A soldier throwing a hand grenade. Another firing a bazooka from prone position in woods. Other infantrymen employing weapons, including: machine gun; mortar; a light howitzer artillery piece. A soldier sharpening his knife on a ground stone. Aerial view of amphibious assault underway below. Closeups of infantry in fast moving landing craft Views of many wading ashore from landing craft in a shallow bay. Lines of infantry wading ashore from a Landing Craft Infantry Large (Number 747) in a Pacific campaign. Closeups of soldiers reaching shore. A formation of Waco CG-4A gliders in flight, and then some seen landing in plowed fields of Normandy on D-Day, 1944. One noses over and remains tail upright after a rough landing. Infantry moving under fire. Some cluster for protection next to a Sherman tank. Lieutenant General Mark W. Clark briefing officers with pointer and very large tactical map, in the open, in Italy in 1944. U.S. infantry moving under fire in rugged terrain of Italy. Troops moving casually past a fallen enemy soldier. Closeups of individual soldiers making their way past the camera and taking a break. One of their wounded seen on a litter in the background. Infantry moving along a dusty road and then slogging through a muddy stretch. A soldier with numerous cans of combat film, at a War Department repository. An army Signal Corps clerk reviews caption sheets that accompany the combat films. Infantrymen gathered at side of a hill and later digging foxholes in fields. Lines of infantry moving forward in rugged terrain, with pack horses behind them. Infantry moving in concert with advancing armor. Individual soldiers moving under heavy enemy fire. A grenade explodes and American soldier fires his rifle, striking fleeing enemy soldier who falls. Soldiers firing a 75mm M1 Pack Howitzer; rifles; and a flame thrower. Infantry seated in a line of DUKW amphibious trucks. A soldier in heavy cold weather gear, eating from his mess kit at a fox hole he prepared in snowy area. his trenching tool sits next to him. In contrast, soldiers are seen helping civilian refugees moving through rice paddy area somewhere in the Pacific. One carries a small child. A shift change at a U.S. war plant, shows thousands of workers . Lines of miners heading to work. Men and women punching time clocks as they leave after their work shift. Closeups of American men and women engaged in war production work of various kinds. Split screen shows war plant workers on one side and formations of soldiers on the other. Cemetery with grave stones of fallen American service personnel. One is marked "Unknown." Animated chart showing rising war production against backdrop of factories emitting smoke from chimneys.

Date: 1944
Duration: 9 min 37 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Battle between U.S. Marines and Japanese soldiers in Guadalcanal Island, Pacific Theatre

U.S. Marines climb up a hill between trees and throw grenades at an enemy Japanese position. Wounded soldier lying on ground. Soldiers looking at fire on the hill. Helmet covered with camouflage netting lying on ground. U.S. Marine operating a flamethrower directing flame at Japanese position. Japanese equipment scattered around dead Japanese soldier. A U.S. soldier talks over telex phone. Remains of Japanese men and artillery captured in dug out. Japanese on hilltop, soldier view pill box, another soldier discovers a mine and removes it. Shells lying on ground. Soldiers walk down the road.

Date: 1944, November 12
Duration: 2 min 46 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
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