Location looks like Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides Islands, during World War 2. Palm trees in background. The weather is clear and sunny. Plane captain, in shorts, climbs into cockpit of an F4U corsair airplane of Marine Aircraft Group 11 (Number 525 on fuselage). Marine pilot hands him his seat pack parachute, which the plane captain places into the seat. The pilot climbs into cockpit, as plane captain stands on right wing and gives thumbs up for engine start. The engine does not start, so he walks along wing to check the engine. The scene is repeated, with plane captain scrambling over the fuselage again to a position on the wing for engine start. This time the engine starts. He clambers back to cockpit and helps pilot with his shoulder harness. Another view of this shown in closeup from left wing of the aircraft. View from in front of the aircraft, as engine starts, and plane captain steps up to help pilot with shoulder harness.
Location is probably Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides Islands, during World War 2.The day is clear and sunny and palm trees are seen in background. Pilot sits in cockpit of Marine Aircraft Group 11 F4U Corsair airplane number 525 after returning from a mission. Plane captain, in shorts, climbs up to cockpit and gives the pilot a booklet in which he makes notes regarding any aircraft problems.He hands the booklet back to the plane captain and climbs out of the cockpit. He unfastens the chute leg straps and carries the chute in his arms. Scene shifts to another F4U that has just parked and is shutting down it's engine. Plane captain climbs up to the cockpit. A crew truck pulls up and a ground crewman picks up a parachute and places it on the truck fender.
American flag flying from a tall flagpole over a hill near Henderson Field on Guadalcanal during World War 2. U.S. Marine officers are seated at a table in a local headquarters tent dug in and sandbagged at the base of the hill, which sits on the edge of the captured Japanese airfield (Henderson Field). One of the officers is looking through binoculars. Nearby, behind them a C-45 transport plane (Beechcraft Model 18) is approached by a fuel truck. Many other aircraft parked aircraft are seen in the distance. Two Marines standing in front of a mound of sandbags discuss something on a clipboard. Several Marines relax in front of a wooden building. Another Marine officer wearing a sidearm joins them with a large map, which they discuss. One of the Marine officers is a Colonel (O-6). Scene shifts to a B-17, tail number 41-2403, taxiing. Next, several B-17s are seen through palm trees, flying overhead. One has its landing gear extended and descends, beyond some trees, to land. Camera moves to a site where pipelines are being repaired by Seabees. A Seabee welder is at work on one. Seabees move new pipe into position on cross ties. (Note: The B-17 Number 41-2403 ditched January 27, 1943, on the way from Guadalcanal to Espiritu Santo, with Brigadier General Nathan Farragut Twining, Commander, 13th Air Force, on board. On 1 February 1943, the U.S. Navy rescued him and 14 others from their life rafts, near New Hebrides Islands.)
A crew truck is pulled up in front of a parked F4U Corsair airplane (number 036) of the Marine Aircraft Group 11. ("MAG-11"is displayed on door of the crew truck.) A seat pack parachute sits on the truck fender. Plane captain straddles the cockpit of the airplane. Pilots gather next to the aircraft as the senior officer gives a last minute briefing after which they pick up their parachutes and head toward their respective aircraft. The pilot of aircraft number 036 climbs into his cockpit with help from his plane captain, starts the engine and taxis out for takeoff. F4U number 081 is seen taxiing out.Two F4U Corsairs are seen taking off.
U.S. Torpedo Bombers TBF Avenger in various formations over jungles of Espiritu Santo Island in Pacific Theater. TBF Avengers in flight over water.
U.S. Torpedo Bombers TBF Avenger in flight over Espiritu Santo Island. The TBF Avenger bombers in various formations over clouds.