Formation of USAAF B-17 bombers over Emden, Germany, during World War 2. They are under fire by Flak and German fighters. B-17 belly gunner firing at attacking German fighter plane which explodes. Scene of a waist gunner firing from inside a B-17. Bombadier crouched over bombsight in nose of B-17.Bombs exploding on targets below. View from inside of bomb bay doors opening on a B-17. Bombs falling from open bomb bay. Scenes of smoke rising from explosions on ground. German aircraft being shot down. . Aerial view of Emden, Germany. Several views of B-17s with bombs dropping from them. B-17 with Square B tail code of the 95th Bombardment Group. Black smoke from antiaircraft firing (flak). German fighters attacking B-17s. A new group of P-47 fighters arrives to protect the bombers. B-17 is hit by a German long-range antiaircraft rocket and explodes.
P-47D Thunderbolts of the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) 56th Fighter Group taxiing and taking off from RAF Halesworth airfield in England in World War 2. They are on mission ("Ramrod to Emden) escorting U.S. bombers in raid on German U-Boat Base at Emden, Germany.The first P-47 seen is serial 41-6261 "Bat Out of Hell" (coded UN-B) flown by LT Gordon Batdorf of the 63rd Fighter Squadron. Others seen in the sequence include P-47s including: 42-74750 ("Lady jane") and 42-74635. Officer fires a flare to signal takeoff. After taking off in pairs, the aircraft of the 63rd Squadron assemble in a formation of 16 aircraft and then join other squadrons of the 56th Fighter Group to proceed on their mission.
The German light cruiser, SMS (KMS) Emden, leaving Wilhelmshaven, Germany, November 14,1926 on a worldwide training cruise. She is the third German warship to carry the name, "Emden." The ship's company, including many naval cadets, pose before departure. Some members pose on the dock, others her deck, and some are seen aloft on her upper structures. View of the ship's bow with Imperial shield visible above the anchor and a German cross affixed to her prow. The pier is crowded with family, friends, and interested spectators. After the official photographs have been taken, the ship's company prepare for their journey. Views from a high point nearby of the Emden in what is probably the Reichsmarinewerft naval shipyard. Cranes ships, docks, and other shipyard equipment and activities are seen in the background. The scene shifts to the ship ready to depart, with everyone at duty stations aboard. Smoke rises from the Emden's stacks as she leaves the pier and proceeds seaward on a world cruise, from which she will not return until March 1928.
A film titled 'Lt. P. A.Conger 61 Sqdn.(Squadron) 56 F.G.(Fighter Group) attacking ME-110 and JU-88 on 11 December 1943'. A German Zerstorer ME-110 explodes. A JU-88 or Junkers formation seen in flight and one explodes due to attack during World War II in Germany.
Groundcrewman fueling tank of a P-47 thunderbolt aircraft of 8th Air Force in England. P47s and P-38s take off to escort B-17 bombers on mission to Emden, Germany. One P-38, tail number 42-67057, is from the 338th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group. Scenes of American B-17 bombers in formation, escorted by P-47 and P-38 fighters. B-17s from the 95th Bomb Group (13th Bomb Wing) at Horham, UK, and B-17s from the 305th Bomb Group (40th Bomb Wing) at Chelveston, UK. Gun camera scenes of German fighters being hit by P-47 gunfire. Planes flying over clouds. Flight of four P-38s joins the formation. P-38 gun camera views of German fighters being destroyed. Scenes of crew members inside B-17 bombers under attack by fighters and flak. German fighters attacking the formation of bombers head-on.
Planning of bombing raids on Emden, Germany by U.S. 56th Fighter Group in England during World War II. Presentation of awards to pilots including the DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross) to United States Army Air Forces Captain Gerald W. Johnson after the mission. Past events show an officer at a desk talking over a telephone. Officers marking bomber route and locations of AAA (Anti-Aircraft Artillery) on a wall map. Major General William Kepner pointing to the map. Teletype operators sending and receiving message. Personnel reading messages, marking routes on a wall map, setting up a room for briefing and making phone calls. Pilots relaxing, gathering around a blackboard as orders of flight are assigned.