Scenes of the Allied bombardment and invasion of Japanese-held Balikpapan in Borneo, during World War II. Bombers of the U.S. 13th Air Force making numerous strikes against Japanese coastal defenses, oil installations and airfields at Balikpapan, Borneo. Scenes of accompanying naval bombardment by warships of the U.S. 7th fleet supplemented by elements of the Australian and Netherlands Navies. General Douglas MacArthur observing operations from the deck of a ship. The Australian 7th Division, composed of the 18th, 21st and 25th Infantry Brigades, with support troops, making an amphibious landing a few miles north of Balikpapan. Australian troops wading ashore from landing craft. Australian armor and other vehicles on shore. Infantry advance supported by Matilda tanks of the 1st Armored Regiment. Australian troops firing machine guns, 5 pounder howitzers, and wielding flame throwers. A Japanese soldier runs from a bunker, with body and clothes aflame. General Douglas MacArthur and Australian officers inspecting the beachhead. Views of Shell Oil Company facilities destroyed by Allied pre-invasion bombing and shelling.
Allied troops invade Balikpapan, Borneo during World War II. Ships underway off the coast of Borneo. Allied troops fire heavy gun bombardment at the oil installation on island. Large smoke column rises. General of the United States Army Douglas MacArthur supervises the operation. Troops fire rockets. United States Navy attack. Australian 7th Division Military Forces and tanks advance on island. Flame throwers used to cause damage. Dead Japanese soldiers on ground. General MacArthur walks along with troops.
An animated map shows Balikpapan in Borneo. U.S. aircraft Catalina taxi. Australian engineers greet the 13th Air Force airmen. Damage by a bomb caused at the Manggar Air strip in Borneo. Pandansari refinery and abandoned weapons at Balikpapan.
Formation of U.S Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator bombers, flying over Iwo Jima during World War 2. View from one of the aircraft of Japanese air field below. Nightime view of American anti-aircraft fire directed at Japanese bombers attacking Saipan. Explosions and fire silhouetting American aircraft on Saipan's Isely field during Japanese air raid. Burning U.S. B-29 bombers. Scene changes to Japanese aircraft destroyed on the ground at the air base on Iwo Jima. Bodies of dead Japanese airmen on the air field. Later view of P-51Ds from the 21st Fighter Group at Central Field on Iwo Jima, in the summer of 1945,after the field had been substantially upgraded to allow B-29 operations. A B-29 is seen displaying an "F" tail code. A formation of B-24 Liberator bombers in flight on a bombing raid. Waist gunner inside a B-24 firing at attacking Japanese fighter aircraft. A Japanese fighter going down in flames at night. View from a B-24 of another, off its left wing, flying in formation with its number 3 engine shutdown and propeller feathered. View from B-24 bombing oil facilities at Balikpapan, Borneo. Bombs bursting on the ground. Glimpse of B-24s in formation. Aerial views of bomb bursts carpeting target areas below. Aerial view of B-24s flying above smoke rising rapidly from bombs bursting below. View of bomb craters left below (probably from later reconnaissance flight).
Allied Supreme Commander for the Pacific, General Douglas MacArthur, in Balikpapan, Borneo during World War 2. General MacArthur, Australian Brigadier, ,Sir Ivan Noel Dougherty, Commander of the 21st Infantry Brigade, and other officers inspect Balikpapan. Palm trees in the area. Th inspecting party climbs up a hill. General MacArthur and others look at the smoke rising from a coast in the distance. General MacArthur and others leave the beach in an LVT ( Landing Vehicle Tracked) . Oil refineries on fire at the coast as smoke rises. General MacArthur and others board a cruiser.
Australian soldiers operations on Tarakan island in Borneo, Indonesia during World War 2. Australian crew loads shells and fires an 80 mm mortar. An Australian Matilda tank and infantrymen advance along a jungle road. Australian soldiers throw grenades and fire machine pistols and rifles into the jungle from the road as they advance.