U.S. Army Air Force aircraft attack enemy positions on Kahili, Papua, New Guinea during World War II. U.S. 13th Air Force aircraft take off from a runway to attack an enemy base. B-24 Liberator bombers bomb the enemy base. Japanese aircraft in the sky attack U.S. fighter planes. The Japanese aircraft go down in flames. The B-24s drop bomb load over Kahili.
Aerial views of the bombing of Kahili Airdrome on Bougainville Island. U.S. B-24 Liberator bombers in flight at a high altitude over the airdrome, dropping bombs.
August 1943: Animated map depicts Allied ground advances, 5th AAF air fleet stations, Japanese opposition base at Rabaul as well as Japanese positions and network in Papua New Guinea. Map depicting strategic Japanese positions of Wewak and Boram. 5th AAF soldiers decide to raid the two posts. 17 August 1943: USAAF B-25 Mitchell bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters attack the Japanese post of Wewak. Heavy bombardment by the American bombers. Smoke and explosion from the bombardment. Aerial view of the Japanese airplanes parked on the airstrip. 20 August 1943: USAAF B-24 Liberatoor bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters attack the Japanese position at Boram. Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service Mitsubishi Zeros attack the B-24s, P-38s intervene. Bombs dropped on the target. Smoke and explosion from the bombardment.
September 1943: Animated map shows advance of the Allied troops to Nadzab and Lae in papua New Guinea. The Australian 7th Division advance towards Lae. Soldiers in jeeps, on motorcycles and on foot advance through the jungle amidst air and artillery barrage. Soldiers fire machine guns and other artillery. Animated map shows the advance of General Thomas Blamey's troops towards Salamaua. Soldiers cross the Francisco River with natives. The Australian 9th Division advances along the east coast. soldiers in puddles and streams. A military truck stuck in the mud. Soldiers prepare for jungle fighting. Soldiers take cover among bushes as Japanese troops fire. Machine gun nests in the jungle. USAAF B-25 Mitchell bombers drop bombs over enemy territory. Fire and smoke from the explosions. Paratroopers jump from USAAF A -29 Havocs. Australian 7th Division troops amidst artillery and anti-aircraft fire. USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress and B-26 Marauder bombers in the sky. 16 September 1943: Australian 7th Division capture Lae. Bombed ruins, damaged Japanese planes, destroyed airstrips, enemy ships and boats in the harbor. Destroyed Japanese ammunition dump 'Chinatown'. Australian 9th Division crosses the Bamboo River bridge to enter Lae. Animated map shows advance of amphibious forces, paratroopers and air borne operations of the 5th AAF. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur and his men at the 90th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing quarters.
1943: Animated map depicts Japanese advancement and footholds of Allied troops in Papua New Guinea. Australian 6th Division troops advance through thick jungles towards Salamaua. Soldiers route for enemies in the jungle and fire guns and artillery. Machine gun nests in the jungle. An injured soldier waits to be evacuated. The natives carry soldiers on stretchers. An Australian soldier help a wounded comrade across a river. The Australian troops are relieved by U.S. troops. USAAF B-26 Marauder at a supply depot in Kela village. Native carriers wait for supplies to be dropped from airplanes. 14 August 1943: 5th AAF bombs and strafes targets in the Wewak and Salamaua areas. USAAF B-24 Liberator drops bombs over target areas. Smoke and explosions due to the bombardment.
1943: An animated map depicts the strategic Japanese air and shipping base at Nubia in Papua New Guinea, during World War Two. 25 August 1943, Nubia: USAAF 5th Air Force B-24 Liberator bombers drop 1000 lb demolition bombs, from 16,000 feet, over Nubia. They target bivouac and supply areas. That afternoon, U.S. B-25s, flying low to the ground, make strafing attacks against the Japanese airfield at Nubia. United States soldiers unload jeeps, bulldozers, scrapers and other construction equipment in an abandoned Japanese airfield at Nadzab. U.S. 5th AAF constructing their air base. USAAF C-47s bring Australian infantrymen to the new base.