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.
Allied campaign in Lae- Salamaua in New Guinea during World War II Australian 7th Division soldiers move forward and take over Lae. Soldiers move through the ruins of the city. Soldiers at artillery. A soldier holds a native child after rescuing it. Damaged Japanese planes and a hangar at an airfield after Allied bombings. Damaged Japanese barges in the harbor. Soldiers play piano, relax and eat as they celebrate their victory in Lae. Australian flag hoisted by the soldiers.
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.
Opening slate gives date as September 20, 1943. Scenes show devastation wrought by Allied bombing of the Japanese airfield at Lae, New Guinea. Most views are from the ground, as Allies occupy the field. Numerous Japanese aircraft are destroyed along with all the buildings and facilities. Next, is shown the view from inside a B-25 bomber, on September 27, 1943, as it flies in a 100 aircraft bombing mission to attack coastal facilities, ships, and airfields in the Wewak area, including the main air base at Wewak and its satellite fields at Boram, Dagua and But. Several B-25s are seen ahead in formation. View of the coastal area below as the camera plane (B-25) comes under fire by Japanese anti-aircraft guns. A pall of smoke hangs over the Wewak area from bombing by B-24s earlier. view from cockpit as the B-25 makes very low strafing and bombing attack against the Japanese satellite airbase at Boram. Another B-25 seen as it flies close to the ground. View to the rear shows small parachutes being released by the B-25, carrying single 100-lb fragmentation bombs and 23-pounders in clusters of three. The fragmentation bombs explode amongst palm trees sheltering Japanese aircraft. view out the back of the camera B-25 shows it continuing to fly, just over the tree tops, at very low altitude. Next, several B-25s are seen rejoined up in formation, ahead. Scene shifts to view from high altitude of bombs striking in the Wewak waterfront area. View from below of three B-25s in formation. Then view from cockpit of a B-25 flying low over the water strafing a ship. (Narrator says they dive low to skip-bomb a ship trying to escape.) Various views of the high hills at the waterfront. View from B-25 strafing Japanese aircraft on the ground at Dagua and Boram airfields. several B-25s in formation headed home.
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.
Warplanes in air bomb Lae. Explosions in South Pacific. Australian soldiers go ashore. General MacArthur confers with officers and then flies in an airborne operation. Planes lined in rows. Paratroops prepare for mission. Several parachutes seen in sky.