U.S. Army Air Service Douglas World Cruisers (DWC) in Calcutta, India during their first flight around the world. A harbor in Calcutta, India. World cruisers in the background. Cruisers taxi on water. The Indians crowded around the cruiser. One cruiser is lifted onto a pier.
A film based on the problem of getting supplies to China from Calcutta, India during World War II. An aerial view of ships docking at a harbor in Calcutta, India. Civilians walk on the streets in Calcutta. Cargo ships and boats docked at a harbor. A crane hoists containers. Native laborers at a U.S. jeep assembly line. U.S. officials instruct the laborers. Assembled jeeps lined up in Calcutta Park. Lack of storage facilities shows outdoor storage area with large crates stacked after unloading. Army trucks move along a road to U.S. Army Air Force 28th Air Depot near Calcutta. Trucks and vehicles lined up outside the 28th Air Depot.
A flight around the world. A globe rotates. U.S. President Calvin Coolidge bids goodbye to army airmen. The President and Major General Mason Patrick and the fliers on a lawn of the White House, Washington DC. The journey starts from Seattle, Washington. Douglas World Cruisers ( DWC ) in flight. The DWCs parked in a bay. A forest in the background. They arrive at Chignik Bay, Alaska. The aircraft in flight. An iceberg. Lieutenant Lowell Smith stands on one of the pontoons and works with propellers on his DWC. The DWCs in flight from America to Asia. The aviators are welcomed by Japanese officials in Yetorufu, Japan. Japanese children playing in a school yard. A child has a Japanese and a U.S. flag, one in each hand. They reach Hong Kong, China. A fleet of native junks to welcome them. In Calcutta, India , a DWC taxis on water. A large number of people gather around a DWC. A crane lifts a DWC out of water. The aviators land in Constantinople. People around the aircraft. They reach Paris, France.. Aerial views of the city. Mrs. Maclaren congratulates the airmen in London, England. The crew of USS Richmond cheers the aviators. The aviators board their aircraft from a small boat. People watch as the aircraft land in Labrador, Canada. The DWCs are anchored in a bay and the aviators are brought to the shore in a boat. Naval officers greet them. The aircraft in flight over the Boston skyline. A motor launch in Boston Harbor. The DWCs land on water. The aviators arrive at the dock in the motor launch and are greeted by officials. They fly over New York. A large crowd greets the aviators at Mitchel Field, Long Island. They arrive at Bolling Field in Washington and are congratulated by President Coolidge and U.S. Secretary of War John Wingate Weeks. The three DWCs are followed by an XNBL-1 Barling bomber in flight in Dayton. Lt. Jack Harding is welcomed home. The world flight ends in Seattle, Washington. Photographers click pictures as a DWC lands. Major Martin greets aviators standing beside a DWC.
U.S. Army Air Service Douglas World Cruisers (DWC) in China during their first flight around the world. Animated map reads '3rd Division, Kagoshima to Calcutta, India, distance of 4,860 miles'. Boats in a river in Shanghai. Fishing vessels in the river. The world cruisers circling in the background. Chinese men in junks row out to greet the world cruisers. A Chinese band playing. Chinese aviation officers greet Americans aviators Lieutenant Erik H. Nelson and Lt. Leigh Wade.
Indian political leaders during the independence movement in India. Crowds gathering in the huge Maidan, urban park, in Calcutta. India proposes the Dominion status after the war, new constitution after the war, representatives in the war cabinet and representatives at the peace conference. A political rally. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a political and spiritual leader of India, during the independence movement. Jawaharlal Nehru, a political leader of the Congress Party, speaks to the Indian Congress Party. The Congress Party includes Hindu and Muslims political leaders. Another Indian leader addresses the party. Mohammed Ali Jinnah, a politician and leader of the All India Muslim League, speaks to the Moslems. Pakistani area is highlighted on an animated map of India. A sign:' Hindu Mahasabha'. The political leaders of Hindu Mahasabha talk. Rice cultivation on a farm. A farmer works on the farm. Two sets of cattle plow the farm.
A film based on getting U.S. supplies to China from Calcutta, India during World War II. An animated map highlights Calcutta in India, Santahar and Parbatipur in Bangladesh. A train loaded with U.S. jeeps and trucks. The trucks and a jeep driven onto flat railroad cars. A train moves on a track. U.S. troops board boats on the banks of the Brahamputra River and are ferried to Pandu. A barge loaded with railroad cars moves towards the ferry point of Pandu. An animated map connects Parbatipur with Dhubri, Pandu and Chabua. Chabua is ultimately connected to Kunming in China. U.S. troops sort and unload supplies at Chabua satellite field.