View from hill of American Army camp outside Casablance, Morocco, during World War Two. Rows of pup tents visible. Troops drawn up in formation. President Roosevelt in a jeep, and General George Patton and General William H. Wilbur, standing, review troops. Army band in the center of the ground. A Sergeant demonstrates weapon handling from manual of arms. A building with 'Anfa Hotel' written on it. Marching troops and color guard seen.
U.S. Navy provides aircraft carrier ferry service for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War 2. View of the USS Ranger (CV-4) at sea with sunset and clouds in background. Scene shifts to the ship's company, turned out on deck in dress whites. An accompanying contingent of U.S. marines, is also seen presenting arms. Next. Rear Admiral, Ernest D. McWhorter,Commander Task Force 22, is seen conversing with Captain C. T. Durgin, Captain of the USS Ranger. Scene shifts to flight deck of the Ranger, where deck crews are readying Curtiss P-40L airplanes for flight to the former Vichy French Anfa Airport near Casablance (captured by the Allies in Operation Torch). One P-40 is named "Regina IV." U.S. Army Air Force 57th Fighter Group commander, Colonel Frank H. Mears, shakes hands with a navy officer, from the cockpit of his P-40. He then takes off. More P-40s follow. Closeup of an Army pilot in cockpit of a P-40, giving a thumbs up. P-40s forming up in flight overhead. Navy officers and sailors watch the departing P-40s and give thumbs up for approval. P-40s buzz the carrier as they depart for Casablanca, Morocco.
Seventy five U.S. Army Curtiss P-40L airplanes are ferried across the Atlantic Ocean to within flying range of Morocco, North Africa, by the Aircraft Carrier, USS Ranger (CV-4), during World War 2. U.S. Army Air Force pilots prepare to fly the P-40s to the former Vichy French Anfa Airport near Casablance, captured by the Allies in Operation Torch. The Army pilots and support personnel are seen being briefed on the flight deck. Navy deck crews help move a P-40 into position. USAAF 57th Fighter Group commander, Colonel Frank H. Mears shakes hands with a navy officer from the cockpit of his P-40. Carrier officer seen signaling for take off. Colonel Mears takes off. More P-40s follow. Navy officers and sailors watch the departing P-40s and give thumbs up for approval. The P-40s buzz the carrier as they form up to depart.
Scene aboard the USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) as she approaches the pier in Casablanca port, during World War 2. Life preserver reads "USS Samuel Chase, USCG". American flag flies. Officers and men on deck. Ship's wake seen astern. Line handlers on pier, with hawser in their hands, walk across the pier to secure the lines. As Coast Guardsmen on the pier watch, a Scuffle breaks out among some local men on the pier. Several are knocked to the ground. Rifle-armed Moroccan gendarmerie in brown uniforms and red fezs, chase the troublemakers off the pier, and restore order. Crewmen are seen retrieving the ship's lines. The Navy Jack is lowered from the stern flag pole as the Chase begins to move away from the pier. The French battleship, Jean Bart, can be seen at an adjacent pier, beyond a group of intervening warehouses. A U.S. PBY aircraft flies overhead. Several scenes show crew members as they settle down for the voyage home.Several play acey ducey backgammon on deck. Some simply relax on the deck. Four crewmen play cards. The USS Samuel Chase heads West into the sunset.
Major General James Doolittle and Lt. General Carl Spaatz of the United States Twelfth Air Force, Colonel Willis, as well as French Major-General Bergeret and other American and French officers attend ceremonies at the presentation of Curtiss P-40 Warhawk planes by the U.S. Army Air Forces to the French Lafayette Escadrille in Morocco during World War II. American troops parade before a hangar. Officers stand in front of P-40 planes lined up near the hangar. The band plays in the parade. French Moroccan horsemen. Officers salute the American and French flags. Opening cameraman slate indicates January 9, 1942, but this is an error as the event took place on January 9, 1943.
President Roosevelt in a jeep in Casablanca, Morocco during World War II. A jeep with the President and officials moves along a dirt field, followed by three security personnel and a large sedan.Three soldiers at attention at the side of a path. Several soldiers and officers, on the other side of the path, salute as the President passes. A large contingent of American troops is lined up in formation. A motorcade of jeeps arrives. President Roosevelt is in the second jeep which displays an American flag and another flag (Presidential Seal?). American Sherman tanks parade in formation, four abreast. A brass band marches and plays.