From a 1943 newsreel covering the Doolittle Raid on Japan in April 1942. United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) in Japanese waters. B-25 Mitchell medium bomber planes lined up on the deck of the carrier. Lt. Col. James Doolittle and Hornet skipper Captain Marc A Mitscher with the 80 volunteers seated near a 500lb bomb on board. He ties a Japanese medal (awarded to U.S. officers for humanitarian aid to Japanese people) on the bomb. The carrier in heavy seas 800 miles off the Japanese coast. A Japanese patrol boat is sighted and sunk. The survivors are taken prisoners. The crew readies the loaded bombers. General Doolittle in the cockpit as he leads the takes off. The planes take off in rough weather to bomb Japan. The Yokosuka Naval Base bombed and ablaze. The planes bomb armed plants, rail yards and oil refineries all over Japan. Soldiers examine a wrecked B-25 in Japan. U.S. pilots hold traditional Chinese umbrellas and pose with a Chinese man. Chongqing: Soong May-ling, better known as Madame Chiang Kai-shek, awards General Doolittle and his men for the gallant raid.
People gathered by their radios listening to President Roosevelt. An Allied International Conference in Cairo, Egypt during World War II. Excerpts from U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Christmas message of 1943 are heard. Vyacheslav Molotov, Anthony Eden and Hull at the fourth Moscow Conference. A pyramid in Egypt. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek discuss plans for the prosecution of the Normandy Invasion at the Cairo Conference. Other dignitaries stand behind them. An animated map of the world. A sign reads 'The Tanaka Memorial'. Attack on Japan by U.S. soldiers. Guns are fired. U.S. soldiers and sailors attack an island in Japan. A flag of the United States. U.S. soldiers fire at a Japanese boat. Smoke due to explosion. A U.S. ship underway at the Pacific Ocean. Soldiers get down from a boat at an the island. Soldiers walk with guns on their back. U.S. planes in flight and drop bombs on the island. U.S. soldiers fire a field gun. Soldiers on a deck. U.S. planes in flight. U.S. General Marshall with Allied officers. He visits U.S. General Douglas MacArthur and U.S. Admiral Chester Nimitz in the Pacific.
Damaged USS Louisville (CA-28) hit by Japanese Kamikase in World War 2. Damaged forward stack of the ship. Float of its scout plane left on catapult, is jettisoned. Large stack of the USS Louisville knocked down. Engine of seaplane blown up by explosion on the signal bridge. Man welds in superstructure. View of other men working to repair damage to the Cruiser.. [Note: The following eyewitness account of the kamikaze attack was recorded by Seamen 1st Class, Enrico Trotta, who was a crew member on the USS Louisville (CA-28) from 1943 to 1946, "At 1923 (hours) two planes which were identified as friendly flew around and one kamikaze dove onto the battleship USS Mississippi BB 41. The other kamikaze plane turned to the Louisville and started to make a run on us. I was on No. #4 - 20 mm AA gun mount on the port side below #2 main battery and I fired 58 rounds to set the kamikaze plane on fire prior to hitting the Louisville’s front smoke stack bending and twisting it and killing 9 men on the 40 mm gun mount mounting on the forward superstructure tripod about 140 feet from our gun mount. The kamikaze also cut our sea plane off and left only the pontoon on the catapult. Three other 20 AA mm gun crews opened up firing 4, 11, and 20 rounds as well. We were not told to fire for we did it on our own. We were only manning the guns at the time and were not on general quarters. Later, the officers came by and said good job."]
British troops and tanks arrive in Bengazi, Libya. Children cheer. People celebrate the victory of the United States. Ships burnt in the harbor. German flag lies on the ground. Field Marshal Montgomery watches through binoculars. Map of Europe and Africa show the war front. Russian troops advance through snow. German dead and graves in Russia. Stalin addresses the soldiers. Map of the 1943 Russian second winter offensive. General Douglas MacArthur near an aircraft with other soldiers. Troops advance in New Guinea. Japanese prisoners and dead on Guadalcanal and a map of Japan.
Reinforcements and supplies arriving on Guadalcanal during World War 2. Various views of Soldiers and supplies arriving from transport ships. These operations are occuring in 1943, after Guadalcanal has been secured and now being prepared as a base for further allied advances against Japanese-held islands on the road to Japan itself. In one scene Soldiers are seen arrivng on a Higgins Boat from the transport ship, USS George Clymer (APA-27). Most of the film shows supplies being amassed on the beachhead. Local natives are employed helping unload and store the large quantities of supplies.
A film titled 'The Life and Death of The USS Hornet' dedicated to the workers of America's shipyards and war plants during World War II. The Capitol building in Washington DC. U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt gathered at press conference to announce the bombing of Tokyo Japan by Doolittle Raid forces in April 1942. Reporters run out to phones and typewriters. A man at NBC microphone in 1943. The headlines of newspapers read 'Japs Murder Doolittle's Fliers'. American people listen to radio broadcasts, gathered at work and in living rooms around radios to hear the radio news. They buy newspapers at newstands. Headline of newspaper reads "Carrier Hornet was Shangri-La". Workers at shipyard, factories, machine shops. Men and women war workers of varying ages and races, including white, Japanese-American, and African-American seen welding, machining, and working to buld the ship and its parts. Scenes from the launching of USS Hornet CV-8 in December 14, 1940, with sponsor Annie Reid Knox at the launching.