Views of The Great Atlantic Hurricane lashing at northeast United States areas (after having already hit the North Carolina Outer Banks), and views of the aftermath and early cleanup following the storm. Regions shown include Atlantic City, Long Island (where it came ashore as a category 3 hurricane on September 15, 1944), New York City suburbs, and parts of New England. High surf flooding boardwalks and coastal cities. Trees bent over and snapped in high winds. People walking with difficulty in the high winds. Streets of towns submerged in water. Coastal docks destroyed and large boats scattered high onto shore areas. Trees, poles, and wires downed over roads and homes. Entire homes moved off of their foundations and placed down the street. The "Great Atlantic Hurricane" was the first example of a named hurricane by the Miami Hurricane Warning Office, which later became the National Hurricane Center. The name was meant to reflect the hurricane's size and intensity.
A film on the recruitment of women in the United States Armed Forces. The training of the women Marines. The training camp for female marines at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. A sign board at the camp reads: 'Headquarters Marine Corps Women's Reserve Schools'. A train passing on the railroad station. Women Marines arriving for their training from all over the country. They come out of the train with their personal belongings. A woman playing with a dog. The Marines board a truck and arrive at the training camp. 'USMC' written on the truck. Women walking towards the building. A man and some women seated at a desk and discussing. Exterior of a building. Marines inside the building. A sign board reads: 'General Physical Exams'. The physical and medical examination of the Marines being undertaken. Eye sight test of the Marines. A doctor checking the blood pressure of a Marine. Their fingerprints are taken. A Marine posing for a identity photograph. Identity cards being issued to them. Uniforms and shoes being issued to the Marines. Men taking measurements for uniform. An officer addressing the Marines seated on chairs inside a classroom. The Marines take notes. They march in formation on the ground. A man giving instructions to them. A woman serving as a drill instructor and instructing the women Marines. The Marines march in formation. Trees in the background. A U.S. flag flying atop a flag pole. A bell rings and the drill instructor blows a bugle. The Marines in barracks. They rest on their beds. A woman writing a letter.
The Pan American Highway Commission officials received by Cameron A. Morrison, Governor of North Carolina. Governor Morrison and the delegates pose for a photo on steps of a building. The commission visits the Highway Equipment Depot near Raleigh and inspects the machinery. They proceed towards University of North Carolina. Traffic signs and direction boards on road sides. University of North Carolina college students give a cheer and greet the group. The commission buses, cars, motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecars are seen traveling on highway roads in North Carolina. The commission members observe road machinery and try out the machines including early tractors, graders, scrapers, and plows, trench diggers, and steam shovels. Two delegate members ride in the bucket of a steam shovel. They halt at the newly completed Wilcox Bridge spanning the Yadkin River near Spencer, North Carolina. A view of the caravan on the open-spandrel (open support system) Wilcox Bridge over the Yadkin River and then in a North Carolina town. The group entering Bessemer city in North Carolina, where a welcome banner spans the roadway.
tOpening slate reads: "XBQ-3 Aerial Missile." Next, an XBQ-3 is seen taxiing on an airfield. It resembles an AT-21 training airplane. But it is actually a flying bomb (aka an aerial torpedo or an Assault Drone). The one shown in this film is the first of two built by the Fairchild Company. It displays serial number 43-25252. (The second was 43-25253). With a safety pilot aboard, it taxis about on a concrete ramp, at Fairchild Field in Burlington, North Carolina. The XQB-3 accommodated one pilot for testing or ferrying purposes, but otherwise was designed to be remotely guided to it's target and detonate on impact. Guided missile technology was progressing at such a pace as to render the 'flying bomb' concept obsolete and so the U.S. Army Air Corps cancelled the program in late 1944.
A film on the recruitment of women in the United States Army. Training of the new recruits. The WACs marching on the ground. Trees in the background. Several weapons are demonstrated in front of them. A soldier firing rifle. Machine guns and other guns are also demonstrated. Women stand near and aboard a tank. They are informed about the workings of the tank. A woman reading a document. Women seated in a room. They have a choice of subjects available to them. They can chose accountancy, statistics or many other subjects. Women lined up on a ground. They salute each other.
Viewed in the distance, on the horizon, USS Minneapolis, CA-36, with the USS North Carolina, BB-55 in the background, tankers maneuver to fuel the fleet. A battleship and light carrier on the horizon, another battleship being fueled. The aircraft carrier USS Lexington, CV-16, being fueled. The fleet oiler USS Guadalupe, AO-32, fuels the destroyer USS Maury (DD-401) and an unknown warship.