Animated map indicating routes from Northern Marianas Islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Guam to Japan, and return. Map of the islands and focus on Guam. A village in Guam. Shows natives going down street on a bullock cart. Supply dump showing boxes, tires, and Pilot oxygen containers. Trucks hauling supplies. B-29 on hardstand, with tail code "Z", from the 73rd Bomb Wing, 500th Bomb Group, stationed at Saipan. Several B-29s along the flightline, displaying tail code "O", from the 314th Bomb Wing, 29th Bomb Group, home-based on Guam . Scenes of tent area. GIs standing at table, eating. Two homemade washing machines. Two GIs scrubbing fatigues with brushes. Three GIs taking showers.
From "The Last Bomb", shows U.S. Army Air Forces conventional bombing of Japan in 1945, during World War 2. Map shows take off points in Saipan, Guam and Tinian. Guam Island shores. Houses and mountains in Guam. Civilians in village. U.S. military equipment, ammunition, vehicles and aircraft parked at airfield. Men around tents. Men at airfield engaged in morning activities. B29s parked and taxi at airfield. Technicians work on aircraft engines. Men manning B29s. Men board B29s. Sign reads 'Headquarters XXI Bomber Command'. General Curtis LeMay around chart planning raid on Japan's industrial areas. Other officers in room. Officer stand up as General Curtis leaves. Officers discuss the plan of attack. Bombs including GP bombs transferred at airfield. Submarines speed up in water to take up positions. Officers at headquarters in discussion. Officers talk on phone. Officer around flight status panel carry out visual progress of the flights. Officer marks positions. Time table for statistics of each wing on wall. B29s taxis for take off at airfield.
On the joint force assault by the American Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force against the Japanese on the island of Saipan, Guam and Tinian in the Mariana islands. A map of the Mariana Island in the Pacific, occupied by the Japanese forces. Map of the Guadalcanal. U.S. troops advance in jungles, reach ashore in inflated boats and land on beachheads. Grim faced soldiers marching in the Marshall Islands. Map shows advancement of U.S. forces in Japanese occupied areas. Map shows location of the Marianas Island. U.S. troops aboard landing crafts reach ashore. Face of commander as he yells to comrades. Scenes of battle between the American and the Japanese forces. Landing ship tanks (LST) advance on beach head. Sounds of heavy artillery shelling. U.S. troops advance on beach under heavy enemy fire. Joint Assault Force attacks the island of Guam. Guam is finally reclaimed by the U.S. forces. The U.S. flag is planted on Guam.
From "The Last Bomb": The defeat of Japan through American airpower in World War 2. A single B-29 from the 39th Bomb Group (stationed at North Field Guam) drops clusters of incendiary and fragmentation bombs over Japan. Bombs away view of large number of bombs falling toward Japan. A formation of B-29s from the 498th Bomb Group, Isley Field, Saipan, in flight during a daytime bombing mission over Japan. Explosions and smoke rise from targets in Japan, including two Japanese aircraft plants and an airdrome as part of U.S. tactical plan 574. Color, low aerial view of massive bomb damage over Tokyo following U.S. air attacks of March 1945. Escorting P-51s from Iwo Jima engage defending Japanese fighter aircraft in dogfights. Later, P-51s conduct strafing attacks against Japanese ground targets, including: lines of communication; railroads; marshaling yards; factories; airfields; ships; and harbors. Color gun camera footage shows these strafing attacks. P-51s returning to land at Iwo Jima and performing celebratory rolls over the field. Crippled B-29s making emergency landings on Iwo Jima. A B-29 from 500th Bomb Group with an engine shutdown. A B-29 from the 29th Bomb Group. Bad weather over runway at Iwo Jima forces a P-51 pilot to bail out over the field. A B-29 from the 6th Bomb Group ditches in water near beach on Iwo Jima. A B-29 crashes and bursts into flames during landing at Iwo Jima (all crew escapes.) Firefighters douse the flames with foam. Formation of B-29s from 39th Bomb Group returning to Guam after bombing mission over Japan. A B-29 crashing on landing and bursting into flames. Sole surviving crew member being carried on stretcher, as firemen and rescue teams work at scene. Formations of B-29s from 498th Bomb Group and 9th Bomb Group, in flight. Good color view from B-29 of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, which brought about the capitulation of Japan and end of World War 2. Large mushroom cloud rising into the air following atomic bomb explosion at Nagasaki.
USS Gamble, destroyer/mine layer, DD-123/DM-15, being scuttled off Guam, after decommissioning, due to extreme damage from Japanese bombs off Iwo Jima. Witnessed by Admiral Chester Nimitz and staff.
Post-world war II image of 4-Star General Lemay in an office with an American flag in the background. U.S. General Curtis LeMay in Guam, Mariana Islands during World War II. A U.S. Army Air Forces B-29 aircraft lands and taxis along. General LeMay walks from the aircraft, smoking a pipe. LeMay talks with Lieutenant General Barney Giles. Major General LeMay and a group of officers salute with a B-29 in the background. The dedication ceremony at North field in Guam and the B-29 aircraft fleet names 'Fleet Admiral Nimitz'. People look on as photographers take pictures of General H H Arnold, Major General Lawrence Cuter and Major General LeMay as they stand beside the ' Fleet Admiral Nimitz'. A B-29 aircraft taxis and takes off. Flakes burst in the air.