U.S. Admiral Byrd's special navy mission in the South Pacific. Vegetation on the island. View of the island. Houses in the background. Beach and wharf at the island. Ships in the water. Unloading of lumber from a boat on the beach.
U.S. Admiral Byrd's special navy mission in the South Pacific. An airfield at the Galapagos Islands. USS Concord CL-10 in background. Scenes of the airfield. Barracks in the background. A seaplane ramp and water in foreground.
U.S. Admiral Byrd's special navy mission in the South Pacific. View of an airstrip on the Galapagos Islands. A plane taxis and takes off from the airstrip. Jeeps parked on the airfield. Two men stand and talk.
An Amphibious Attack (APA) transport ship underway at a sea during U.S. Admiral Byrd's special navy mission in the South Pacific. A man on the bridge looks through binoculars. Three ships in the convoy. A man looks over rigging and life rafts. A cargo ship in background. A gun crew and a gun in foreground. A shirtless gun crew man operates controls to rotate the gun. .
The German Auxiliary Cruiser, Komet (masquerading as Ryoku Maru) seeking Allied shipping targets of opportunity in the Pacific during World War 2. Sailors relax on her deck.Some paint her motor launch. Several sailors in white trousers, dark jackets, and white side caps, hurry into formation where they are inspected by supervisor wearing a checkered necktie. Officers in Khaki look through binoculars as the Komet's Arado 196 float plane lands and taxis in, guided by sailor with signal flags. The pilot is standing up in the cockpit.He reports to the bridge and exchanges salutes with Komet's Captain, Rear Admiral Robert Eyssen. He discusses his flight observations with other officers. Smoke from a steaming ship seen on the horizon. An officer on the deck lights a cigar. Smoke and sound of Komet firing her 15cm deck guns. Silhouette of freighter, MV Australind, very low in the water. Next,life boats row toward Komet carrying 43 survivors who climb aboard. Komet's Arado 196 float plane flies past and the Australind is seen sinking, It is 8/14/1941, off Galapagos Islands. Next, seas are rough. Smoke is seen from Komet's guns firing again, and another ship is stopped in the water.Boarding party from Komet lowers away in motor launch and boards the stopped ship. Sign on her says "No Smoking," in English. Armed Komet sailor guards her seamen. Glimpse of one of Komet's 15cm deck guns. Later, crew of stopped ship resume duties, as Komet pulls away from her. Komet's sailors wave. (Ship is likely American, so not yet active in Allied war effort.) Next, Komet and her supply ship, Kulmerland seen in a Japanese port to replenish and refuel. Her crew are now in proper German Kriegsmarine uniforms, as Japanese Naval officers board for a visit. Admiral Eyssen and his executive officer entertain the Japanese officers. German and Japanese flags fly side-by-side. Admiral Eyssen and his executive officer, with Japanese officers, tour local sites. Two Komet sailors view Mt. Fuji.
Bombing of Rekata bay (near Munda and Guadalcanal in the South Pacific) during August 24th 1943. U.S. B-24 Liberator bombers of the 13th Army Air Forces in flight at a high altitude over the bay. Bombers drop bombs on Japanese targets at Rekata bay.