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.
USS Yorktown CV-10 in the Pacific Theater during the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The carrier advances towards the Mariana Islands. On the eve of battle, soldiers scrub up to lessen the danger of infection in case they're wounded. Sailors clean up, bathe and rest. Priests conduct services aboard the ship. Sailors take communion and pray. Crewmen read and sleep on their bunks. The carrier underway at dusk. Cooks and bakers prepare a hearty meal of stakes and eggs. Officers take their meal at a table. The alarm goes off to warn of an enemy attack. Sailors rush to their battle stations. Bombardment by Japanese torpedo bomber planes. Fire due to explosions around the ships. Black smoke rises up into the air. Anti aircraft fire from the U.S. ships, planes are hit and descend towards the water. The alarm sounds, pilots rush and board planes and take off. The Radio Plotting Room in charge Smokey and other operators tracks down enemy planes. A map depicts Japanese air bases and military installations in the Mariana Islands, including the Japanese fortified Guam. Radio operators at work. U.S. planes in flight. They swoop down upon Tinian Island and bomb enemy installations. Explosions due to bombardment. Shore installations and air bases bombed. Craters on the island. The U.S. Assault Force battleships including USS Colorado, USS Tennessee and USS Pennsylvania advance. Explosions due to enemy fire.
Camera pans across North airfield on Guam, Mariana Islands, in World War 2. Next a large group of Airmen are seen standing around a shiny B-29 bomber parked on the ramp. It has "K333" stenciled on left side of its forward fuselage. Its tail number is 42-224802. (This B-29 is named "Purple Shaft," but that is not stenciled on its left side.) The airmen walk around and examine it. Next, The aircraft commander, Lieutenant Warren Richard Aylsworth is seen speaking with a Captain, as they stand next to the plane. Others join in the conversation. (Note: The plane is scheduled to fly to Tinian this night, the 20th, but will land at Saipan, instead, because runway lights were not yet operational on Tinian. The "Purple Shaft" will be the first B-29 to arrive at Tinian, the following day, December 21, 1944.)
Bombardment of Tinian, Saipan and Guam in the Mariana Islands by the U.S. Navy during World War II. Sailors on the destroyer USS Braine, DD-630, as viewed from the battleship USS New Mexico, BB-40, following transfer of several wounded from the destroyer to the battleship, during World War 2. A U.S. Northampton Class heavy cruiser bombarding Japanese positions in Mariana Islands. Smoke rising from shell strikes. Officer aboard the USS New Mexico observing action through binoculars. A sailor scanning horizon with binoculars. Triple gun turrets of the New Mexico trained to port. She being firing guns singly. Signal flags being raised above the New Mexico. Officers scanning horizon with binoculars. A couple of crew members taking a snooze break on deck. Various views of smoke rising in distance, from naval shelling. Two U.S. Navy observation float planes fly overhead. A formation of nine U.S. carrier-based aircraft fly toward the island. More views of explosions ashore. Two light cruisers firing close to shore.
Invasion of Japanese held island of Guam, Mariana Islands by U.S. army during Pacific Campaign of World War II. Formations of U.S. Navy TBF Avenger torpedo bombers heading for Guam. U.S. task force including APs (Transports), LSTs (Landing Ships, Tank), AKs (Cargo Ships) in transport area. LCVPs (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) underway to beach. BB (Battleship) bombards beach. U.S. Navy SBD Dauntless dive bombers in flight.
U.S. forces on Saipan and Guam in the Mariana Islands during World War II. Native women and children are liberated by U.S. Marines on Saipan island. American military hospitals provide medical care in Guam. U.S. Navy doctors and native nurses treat the sick. Food is distributed to native children.