March and April, 1945. Near the end of World War 2, P-47s of the U.S. 9th and 8th Air Forces attacking ground targets in Germany. They strafe various ground targets virtually at will. One chases a German Me-109. Rapid succession of identifying slates and fragments of gun camera footage. The first involves P-47 of the 100th Fighter Wing, 362nd Fighter Group, 378th Fighter Squadron, operating out of Frankfurt, Rhein Main Airbase (Y-73) Germany. Others involve the 8th Air Force, P-51s of the 338th Fighter Squadron and possibly other units.
Germany about a month before the end of World War 2 in Europe. A crash landed United States Army Air Force Republic P-47D Thunderbolt aircraft, nicknamed "Mom's Irish Mick." It was assigned to the 404th Fighter Squadron, 371st fighter Group, and crash landed on Advanced Landing Ground Y-74 Frankfurt/Eschborn that had been seized by advancing U.S. forces, in 1945. The aircraft carries tail number 44-33253 and was piloted by Charles T. Martin III. Officers retrieve ammunition from the wing gun. Crane brought in to lift the fighter plane also known as the Jug. Crane pulls the P-47 off field. The hulk of a Gotha 242 transport glider stands next to the American flag at half mast with air field tents in the background. A formation of P-47s flies over the flag. Four P-47s buzz and pull up with the flag in foreground. P-47s flying in 'V' formation with American flag in foreground and officers on the ground. Four P-47s circle for landing. A North American T-6 Texan training plane, a.k.a. Harvard, with occupants in both cockpits, taking off and pulling up.
An aircraft of the American Overseas Airlines in Frankfurt, Germany. It is on a multi-leg journey carrying 45 former War Correspondents back to Europe for celebrations commemorating the 5th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion of World War II. Views of Frankfurt from a moving vehicle, high atop a ridge, looking down at the city, and winery grape fields. Many Frankfurt buildings visible and the Main River running beside the city. Views of some buildings still destroyed from World War II, five years prior. Several negro U.S. Army soldiers beside cars greet the party of former war correspondents. The correspondents meet with a U.S. Army General -- possibly J. Lawton Collins or Thomas Handy. A correspondent looks out from a window at a war-damaged building in the background. A street car with the sign "Nied Hochst" arrives at a stop and civilians get into it. Exterior and interior views of the main train station, the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof. Some cakes and pastries in a bakery. Correspondents meeting with a local Frankfurt official and his wife. Remains of a largely destroyed church, likely either Saint Bartholomeus's Cathedral (Dom Sankt Bartholomäus) or Katharinenkirche (the Church of St. Katherine). Views of the wrecked exterior and interior of the church. A West German flag draped over an interior balcony. Sign outside the church door indicates "Entrance to the Exhibition" (Eingang zur Ausstellung). A Germany girl selling trinkets at a market cart. German boys and girls in a market square and fair area, possibly Romerberg. Correspondents approach a booth selling cigars and cigarettes. More partially destroyed buildings in Frankfurt. Correspondents boarding a plane at Rhein Main Airbase. View of the airport terminal. Sign on a building reads 'Rhein Main Base Operations. Elev 358'. The correspondents boarding the American Overseas Airlines aircraft, and seated inside the aircraft. Aerial view of the German countryside below. Passengers sleep and relax aboard the airborne aircraft.
Visit of film executives to Brussels, Belgium to Frankfurt in Germany. A plane takes the film executives from Brussels to Frankfurt. They enter the Farben building. Military officers welcome them. Film producers dine at General Eisenhower's private dining hall at Farben building. Robert Murphy, German Ambassador speaks to Edgar Mannix.
Bombed out cities in Germany during World War II. Aerial view of damaged cities and fields. Two aircraft in flight. United States troops stand at attention at Frankfurt Airport. An officer holds the American flag. United States President Harry S. Truman disembarks from a United States Army Air Force Douglas C-47 Skytrain aircraft.
United States President Harry Truman inspects 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, the 3rd Armored Division and the 84th Infantry Division in Frankfurt, Germany. A large American flag on a car. President Truman departs in his car after the inspection. President Harry Truman shakes hands with soldiers. View of the I G Farben Building used by U.S. Army General Dwight D. Eisenhower as his headquarters. The President bestows the DSM (Distinguished Service Medals) on four foreign officers.