U.S. Army Air Forces XX Bomber Command Operations during World War 2. A Boeing B-29-10-BW Superfortress, number 42-6347, named "King Size," of the 462nd Bombardment Group, 769th Bombardment Squadron. It is seen here, at their forward operating base on Kiunglai Airfield, China. Tents are seen near the flight line. Numerous bombs are lined up on the ground ready to be loaded aboard the bomber. A B-29 taking off at nightfall. A formation of B-29s in flight. Bombs being dropped over Japanese installations at Hatto, Formosa (aka Taiwan). View of B-29 landing after the mission. (Note. Formosa was a Japanese colonial territory from 1895 to 1945.)
Mass funeral aboard the USS Hancock (CV-19) in the Pacific Ocean. Bodies committed to ocean in Mass Funeral Ceremony. Multiple crews of six men each carry dead sailors, wrap each in the U.S. flag, place them on a board and tip them into the ocean. Marines fire rifle salute. View of sheet covered bodies on lower deck awaiting burial at sea. The 50 men were killed in a January 21, 1945 accident when a TBF Avenger returned from a sortie in the area of Formosa (Taiwan). It landed on the deck and taxied near the island, and then exploded killing 50 men and injuring 75.
Animated map shows thrust of German forces during invasion of Soviet Russia in World War 2. Stalingrad is highlighted as a turning point. Another animated map shows Soviet territorial gains at the end of the war, as narrator discusses the disposition of those places and their respective populations, as in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. He also discusses Soviet zones of occupation. Animated map shows "Iron Curtain." Soviet troops on parade. Soviet ZSU-57-2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAG) on display during a parade in 1945. A stadium filled with people in Soviet-occupied East Germany, in 1949. Friedrich Wilhelm Reinhold Pieck, the first President of the German Democratic Republic, is seen in the stands. Young East German women parade in traditional costumes, clapping their hands, in the stadium. Waterfront scenes show Soviet trade activities with post-war occupied entities. Scenes of conflict as Chinese communist forces expel Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Chinese forces from the mainland to Formosa, in 1949. A litter-borne casualty and a refugee mother and small girl are seen.
World War 2, aerial view of air attacks (from unseen U.S. aircraft) on Japanese military camps in the slopes of mountains rising abruptly over the Keelung (aka Chi-lung, Kirun, or Kiirun) coast of Formosa (Taiwan). Clusters of small explosions are seen covering the camps
Activities of Formosan women in Formosa, Taiwan. A railroad station. Women wash clothes in a stream. A car drives on a bridge. Natives carry umbrellas and walk in a garden. They cross a bridge. A fountain and a building in the background. The Formosan stand in a balcony. A Formosan woman and a young girl swing. The Agricultural Inspection Center for fruit grown on the island. A man carries a basket. Ducks in front of a house. Workmen dry rice. Water buffaloes wade in a stream. Birds on a tree. Men seated in a grassy area. A young boy with a hat with his buffalo. Women make baskets and straw hats. Hands weaving straw hats.
Activities of men at a saw mill in Formosa, Taiwan. A railroad bridge. A train proceeds southward. A bus drives on a dirt road. A view of the countryside from the train. The train moves past a railroad station. A bus drives past a building. A car drives on a street. Huge logs are moved using an overhead trolley in a lumber yard. A trolley carries a wooden log and drops the log in a river. A log kept on a conveyor belt in a saw mill. Men at work in the mill. A man stencil boards of lumber.