Peaceful scenes of pre-war England, showing a church with sheep grazing on its lawn, and college building. In contrast, explosion and results of German bombing is shown, with buildings collapsing and ruined. A long line of Chinese soldiers marching along the Great Wall of china. Shadows of three Japanese bombers flying over Chinese landscape. On May 4, 1942, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek decorates American fliers who made the first attack on Tokyo in World War 2. Wearing a Chinese decoration around his neck, Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, who led that raid by U.S. B-25 bombers from the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet, poses with Madame Chiang and others of his group. Scenes of Moscow, Soviet Russia, including a T-70 light tank moving rapidly along a city street. A Soviet Petlyakov Pe-2 dive bomber taking off in a snow storm. U.S. troops on a halftrack in North Africa. British artillerymen firing a 25 pounder in the desert. Glimpses of smoke rising from enemy strikes at cities in England, Russia, and China. Scenes of destruction. Brief street scenes of unscarred towns and cities in the United States. Defense workers in America going to work at Ranger Aircraft Engines factory (later part of Fairchild Aircraft and Engine Corporation), and a star flag showing war service by worker families. Farmers in Western U.S. harvesting grain. Railroad trains and river barges carrying harvest from U.S. farms. Herds of cattle and sheep being raised for the war effort in Western U.S. Aerial view of orchards and farms in America. A mining bucket filled with iron ore. Barge carrying the ore. A steel mill in operation. Scrap iron being recycled. View from production floor of U.S. bomber aircraft being built in a defense plant. Countless freight cars in a railroad marshaling yard at a port, where a tug boat and a freighter are seen in the water. War materiel piled up at the port. A convoy of supply ships underway.
United States Army Air Force B-17 aircraft in flight in European Theater during World War II. United States 8th Air Force B-17 aircraft in flight. Bomb bay doors of the aircraft open. Five B-17 aircraft fly in a formation over water. A B-17G aircraft in flight and number 4 engine being feathered and restarted. A formation of seven B-17 aircraft in flight.
United States Army Air Forces B-17 aircraft in European Theater during World War II. United States 8th Air Force B-17 aircraft lands at an airfield. Three B-17G aircraft including a Pistol Packin' Mama and a B-17F aircraft come in for landing. The aircraft land at the field and taxi along.
United States Army Air Force B-17 aircraft in European Theater during World War II. United States 8th Air Force B-17 aircraft in flight. The B-17s in a formation flight. B-17G aircraft in a flyover. A mass formation of B-17 aircraft in flight. Formation of five B-17s in flight and they turn. Formation of six B-17 aircraft in flight.
United States Army Air Force B-17 aircraft in European Theater during World War II. United States 8th Air Force B-17 aircraft in flight. The B-17Gs in a formation flight of two. A B-17F aircraft in flight. Two B-17G and B-17F aircraft take off and climb.
A Red Cross seaplane on a rescue operation in the European Theater. The sea plane takes off. The aircraft in flight over the sea. The pilot and co-pilot in the cockpit. They spot the stranded flier below. A German flier in a life raft. The pilot lands the seaplane near the raft. The co-pilot approaches the rafts, and brings the rafts back to the aircraft with the help of a rope. The wounded flier in reeled aboard. The co-pilot boards the aircraft. The seaplane takes off.