USS Yorktown CV-10 in the Pacific Theater during World War 2. U.S. Naval officers and sailors discuss over a map on a table. Animated map depicts Japanese fleet positions on the Truk Atoll of Islands. USS Yorktown Navy flier squadron and squadrons from other carriers take off for combat over the Truk Islands. Sailors talk over the radio aboard USS Yorktown. A map shows the heavily fortified islands surrounded by air strips, and naval anchorages among the islands. Crewmen aboard Yorktown prepare the planes for take off. Machine gun fire from the planes over the Truk Islands. They dive bomb the island. The aircraft are hit and descend to the ground. A plane drops into the ocean. U.S. airplanes bomb Japanese planes on fighter strips, bomb bases and sea plane ranches. Smoke due to heavy bombardment. Planes dive and drop bombs. Fire due to bombing of a fast fleet tanker hiding in a sheltered cove. U.S. bombers and fighter planes strafe other fleet auxiliaries including rice boats, transports and ammunition ships. They are set on fire with 50 caliber incendiaries and armor piercing plugs. The ships on fire sink into the ocean.
U.S. air raids on the Caroline Islands in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. An aerial view of U.S. aircraft flying over a target area. Close-up aerial views of the side and front of a B-25 bomber while in flight. United States Army Air Forces B-25 Mitchells in flight over the target area. Forepart of a B-25 in flight. The B-25s fly at a low altitude.
The U.S. aircraft attack the Japanese base in Truk, Caroline Islands during World War II . Animation depicts the Japan occupied Marshall Island and the Japanese base in Truk. The U.S. aircraft stationed at the aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean. The pilot gets into the cockpit of the aircraft. View of firing in air. The Japanese aircraft being attacked. The U.S. aircraft takes off from the deck of the aircraft carrier. The Japanese vessels circle in sea to escape. The Japanese vessel being bombed. The U.S. aircraft bomb the Japanese ground installations. Aerial view of the bombed installations. The U.S. aircraft in flight while returning back to the aircraft carrier. The aircraft lands on the deck. Another aircraft with on of the wheel collapsed lands. The injured pilot being carried on a stretcher.
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.
Film opens showing reenactment of Japanese attack ostensibly against Formosa, in 1894. Japanese troops and artillery are shown. The event is depicted in a critical political cartoon. Next, Japanese Admiral Heihachiro Togo is seen in 1904, standing with other naval officers. Then, Japanese warships are shown, firing barrages of naval gunfire at the Russian fleet in Port Arthur, Manchuria. Huge black clouds arise from burning ships. Scenes of Japanese people celebrating their naval victory. Date shifts to 1910. Cartoon depicts Japanese annexation of Korea. Cartoon illustrates Japanese actions in World War I when, siding with the Allies, Japan acquired the German-held Shandong (Shantung) Peninsula of China, as well as German-held Marianas, Carolines, and Marshalls islands in the Pacific. Japanese representatives are seen participating in Post World War 1 international activities. They signed the so-called Five-Power,Four-Power, and Nine-Power treaties, and participated in the League of Nations. Glimpse of two Japanese officers, followed by cartoon depiction of the Mariana, Caroline, and Marshall Islands, that Japan insisted on keeping. Cartoon shows them being fortified. A Japanese military marching band parades down a city street while being cheered by spectators on the sidewalks. Next, Japanese military General, Baron Tanaka Giichi, is seen in uniform with other officers. Cartoon illustrates the so-called Tanaka Memorial document that Baron Tanaka allegedly presented to the Emperor, in 1927, outlining a strategy to conquer the world. Cartoon then illustrates plan of conquest by acquiring Chinese manpower; Manchurian iron and coal; Siberian timber, coal, wheat, and metals; Tin,oil and rubber from Malaysia and the East Indies. The United States is shown as the last conquest. Views of ordinary farm and factory activities in the U.S. Cars parked in the Ford Motor Company factory lot. Japanese officials and legislators meeting in the Diet (Parliament). Japanese theater-goers and a Japanese woman singing with an American-style band, are shown as examples of activities the Japanese Government sought to discourage. A Japanese female ensemble in traditional dress, playing traditional instruments, is shown as more desirable. Western dancing and movies are shown and narrator states they were forbidden. Japese movie scene depicts ancient martial arts. A musical production displays German swastika flag and that of the Kingdom of Italy. Japanese men are shown playing the ancient game of Chu Shogi, instead of playing Western card games. People are shown in a library, where Western books are replaced by more militaristic tomes, such as: "If we fight" by Admiral Shinsaku Hirata, March 15, 1930 (shown on film slate). Slate goes on to quote about attack on Hawaii as the first battle in war of the Pacific. Film cites another approved Japanese publication: "Arguments Against American Policies" by Kawashima Seichiro, Christmas Day, 1924. It discusses distruction of the American fleet and subsequent landing on the U.S. West Coast.
The U.S. task force advances in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. A tanker burns in the Ulithi harbor. Black smoke pouring up from the ship. Other ships surround the area. The tanker burns. A Destroyer drops ash cans (depth charges). Explosions going off behind another ship.