Italian aircraft and crews surrender to Americans at Catania Air Base, in Sicily, during World War 2, under terms of the Armistice of Cassibile , signed on September 3, 1943 and publicly announced on September 8th by U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, on Radio Algiers. Under its terms, the Kingdom of Italy ceased hostilities against the Allies and Kingdom forces were to surrender to the Allies. An Italian SIAI-Marchetti SM79 ("Sparviero") Torpedo-Bomber is seen in flight over water, as viewed from another airplane. It carries the number 1NS-20. View of Catania Air Base, with U.S. B-25 Mitchel bomber, of the 340th Bombardment Group, landing, in background. The Italian SM79 is seen taxiing to the ramp, after landing at the Base. A Italian crew man opens the door and an officer exits using the aircraft ladder. He is followed by Giulio Cesare Graziani, torpedo bomber ace and winner of the Italian Gold Medal of Military Valor. (He is framed at 1:12.) Another officer also exits and the three shake hands with U.S. 9th Army Air Force officers on the ground. The Italian officers present some documents and discuss them with the U.S. officers. The officers from both countries gather around the Italian seal, of the kingdom of Italy, on the tail of the plane and discuss it. The officers turn to watch another Italian SM79 land, taxi in, and park. Italian fliers exit this airplane and walk across the ramp to join the others, with whom they exchange salutes, and shake hands.
Airfield damage in Sicily, Italy, from Allied "Operation Husky" and associated bombings by USAAF (United States Army Air Forces) 86th Fighter Bomber Group airplanes during World War II. A U.S. soldier inspects wreckage of enemy airplanes on captured Fontanarossa Airport, Catania, Sicily. Wrecked aircraft include: Fiat G 50 fighter bomber from 378° squadriglia; A Macchi 202, Breda built XII sr AS belonging to 91° squadriglia, 10° gruppo, 4° stormo ct. (The 91° squadriglia was commanded by ten. Mecatti. 4° stormo ct was based in three airstrips in the "Piana di Catania" and fought fiercely and bravely against Allied air offensive just before and during "Operation Husky.") U.S.soldier removes long ammunition belt from an airplane. The soldiers inspect airplanes in a hangar,One of the German fighter planes in the hangar has a painted picture of "Minnie Mouse", riding atop a bomb, and wielding a battle axe. Close up of the picture is shown.
July 10, 1943, U.S. invades Sicily in Italy. Fleet of warships underway. Navy bombardment of Sicily. Coast Guardsman observes through binoculars. Coast Guardsmen carry troops and supplies in LCVPs (Higgins Boats). LST-356 approaching Blue Beach 2, in the "Cent" area on July 10, 1943, loaded with tanks and other vehicles. A beach master signals with semaphore flags. Troops landing from assault boats. Concentrated enemy air attacks destroy U.S. boats and ships. Enemy aircraft in flight. U.S. troops firing. A map shows Italy. September 9, 1943, amphibious assault on Anzio, Italy. Naval bombardment, followed by troop assault on the beaches.
340th bomb group bombs over Italy, operating from Catania in September 1943. 340th bomb group in flight. American bomber in flight above target bridge. Destruction of bridge in Amantea, Italy.
Activities of the Seabees in Scotland in 1941 and in Algeria in 1943, during World War II. News headlines in 1943 read : ' Italy is out of war' and '17 more Italian towns taken'. An animated map. The Clyde valley in Scotland showing a base built by the U.S. Navy Seabees, in 1941. Numerous quonset huts and vehicles are seen. View of the River Clyde, where 2400 feet of oceangoing dock are being assembled. A ship anchored at a harbor displaying U.S. flag. Allied troops board a landing ship with their belongings. An animated map tracing travel of Allied invasion forces from Scotland to Oran, Algeria, where Seabees are seen testing a floating causway that would be used for invasion of Sicily. Scuttled axis ships and other obstacles and damage that Seabees must repair in occupied ports. Allied ships and troops proceeding for invasion of Sicily. Allied warships bombarding Sicilian coast.
340th bomb group bombs over Cortone, Italy; operate from Catania in September 1943. 340th bomb group in flight to hit the bombs over Marshalling yards. Aerial view of target Marshalling yards in Cortone. Explosions over target.