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.
Activities of U.S. Marines off the shore of Iwo Jima, Japan during the Battle of Iwo Jima, World War II. A Landing Vehicle Tracked (LVTs) on its way to Iwo Jima beach. A Landing Ship Medium (LSM) in the background. Iwo Jima and Mount Suribachi in view. A wave of LVTs with troops aboard underway towards Iwo Jima. A Landing Craft Infantry (LCIs) in the background. Smoke rises from the bombardment at Iwo Jima shoreline. Airplanes bomb Iwo Jima beach. The wave of LVTs approach the beach in the foreground. Mortar fire close to an LVT. Iwo Jima beachhead shows marines pinned down at the water's edge. Explosions as shells burst in the background. The marines fire guns from battleships and destroyers offshore. Iwo Jima shoreline shows many explosions and heavy smoke as the shells hit the beach. The LCI fires towards the beach. A rocket barrage bursts on the beach. A wrecked Japanese ship. Rocket trails in the foreground.
Overseas activities of United States Coast Guard in World War 2. February 19, 1945, U.S. Marines invade Iwo Jima in Pacific Theater. Naval guns and aircraft bombard Iwo Jima. Mountain in the background. Aircraft in flight. Marines and Coast Guardsmen aboard landing craft. Marines landing on Iwo Jima under heavy Japanese fire. Destroyed landing ships litter water's edge. Marines hunkered down and treating wounded, under fire. LSTs and other ships at established beachhead. Vehicles drive onto beach. April 1, 1945, Marines attack Okinawa. Navy warships bombard Okinawa with heavy guns and continuous rocket fire. Beachhead is established against light resistance.
Japanese kamikaze aircraft attack American invasion ships. Several ships are hit and sunk. Surviving sailors are helped aboard rescue boats. Antiaircraft fire from American ships fills sky with smoke and flak. A kamikaze aircraft crashes in the sea. Sky filled with American bombers. Aerial view of Atomic bomb explosion over Nagasaki Japan on August 9, 1945. Raising American Flag on Japan homeland.
Dedication ceremony of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (The Iwo Jima Memorial) in Arlington, Virginia, United States. Sculptor Felix de Weldon and photographer Joe Rosenthal shake hands with the statue of flag raising in the background. Chaplain says a prayer at a ceremony. Spectators seated with their hats off. President's car comes own the drive way followed by others. U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower walks with Navy personnel. Vice President Richard Nixon talks to a Marine who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Nixon poses with the three survivors of the original flag raising at Iwo Jima. Statue of the flag raising at Iwo Jima. A sign at the base of the statue reads 'Felix de Weldon 1945-1954'.
View from inside one of several U.S. Army Air Forces B-24 liberator bombers attacking Japanese positions on Iwo Jima in World War II. Dim aerial view of Iwo Jima from overflying Navy PB4Y. Smoke rising from isolated explosions on the ground. U.S. Navy warships, including battleships, cruisers, and gunboats, of Task Force 51, commanded by Vice Admiral Richmond Kelly Turner, are visible but not individually identifiable from the air. smoke rising onshore as shells from navy guns explode. Smoke also seen from the barrels of the warships themselves, as they fire barrages. Large white clouds of smoke obscure the beaches of Iwo Jima as the warships begin firing white phosphorus shells. At the same time, large numbers of amphibious landing craft are assembled in lines ready to move toward the beach. Bright images of the battleship, USS Idaho (BB-42) bombarding Iwo Jima with her twelve 14-inch guns. View from the air over Iwo Jima during the naval bombardment.
The invasion of Iwo Jima by the United States troops during Battle of Iwo Jima, World War II. Aerial view of bombardment on Iwo Jima. Japanese installations and terrain in view. Small craft underway in circles. Bombardment on the Iwo Jima coastline. Wave of landing vehicle tracked (LVTs) underway at sea. Ships in transport area at Iwo Jima. LVTs underway at sea. LVTs head towards the beach, Mount Suribachi in the background. Battleships underway at sea.