World War II. B-17s of the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) 'Hell's Angels' staging at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine, on their way to their base at RAF Station Molesworth, in England. Airmen work on a parked Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Names and artwork on the B-17s: Nose, body, and tail art reveal names like: 'Perk the Jerk', 'Gunnin for Marijane' under the dorsal turret, 'Duke of Paducah', 'Klee's Lounge', 'Kiler Kilgore', 'Hell Cat', 'The 8 Ball', 'The Duchess', 'One 'o' Clock Jump', 'The Devil Himself' under the aircraft nose, 'Bad Check', 'Delta Rebel No. 2', 'Knock-Out Dropper', 'Sky Club' and 'Continental' on propellers, 'Wild Bill' on a nose, 'Pepper Box' under a dorsal turret, 'Wee Willie Woo', 'Hornet's Nest', 'Lady Fairweather', 'Margaret - M' under a dorsal turret, 'Canuck' on a nose, 'Squirt' and 'Maggie' on propellers, 'Mimi' on a nose. A B-17 called 'The Green Hornet'. Two airmen stand under the aircraft. 'Yahoodi' with 'Si the Gonuf' made on an aircraft. Note: From Brian O’Neill’s “303rd Bombardment Group” here is the fate of the name ships in this film. “Hell Cat” 41-24580, pilot: T.O. O’Connor, fate: MIA 23 Jan 43
“The 8 Ball” 41-24581, pilot: W.R. Calhoun, fate: C/L UK 20 Dec 43
“The Duchess” 41-24561, pilot: H.L. Stouse, fate: ret USA, 7 Jul 44
“One O’Clock Jump” 41-24582, pilot: W.N. Frost, fate: MIA 12 Dec 42
“The Devil Himself” 41-24612, pilot: R.S. Hayes, fate: ret USA 20 Dec 44
“Bad Check” 41-24587, pilot: B.B. Southworth Jr., fate: MIA 11 Jan 44
“Knockout Dropper” 41-24605, pilot: J. Rolle, fate: ret USA 27 Mar 44
“Lady Fairweather” 41-24568, pilot: A.R. Redding, fate: MIA 23 Nov 42
“The Green Hornet” 41-24603, pilot: E.J. Sanderson, fate: MIA 23 Nov 42
“Yehudi” 41-24608, pilot: F.A. Saunders, fate MIA 3 Jan 43
(Also seen is a 91at Bomb Group B-17:“Delta Rebel No. 2” 42-5077, pilot: Lt Birdsong, fate: MIA 12 Aug 43. It is seen because the 91st BG was passing through Dow Field at the same time, during deployment to England.)
Scenes from 1934 film production about westward expansion of United States in last quarter of the 19th Century. Marias River flows through the mountains. Goats and bears in forest area. View of the Washington Monument. Engraved stone reads 'Farthest Point West on Captain Lewis trip up Marias River'. Car drives into portico of an old building in Washington. 'Children of a Common Mother' written on top of a monument. Engraved picture shows Lewis and Clark pointing towards land with boats next to them. View of the Columbia River flowing between mountains and a bridge. Aerial view of city of Portland. Steamer leaves harbor of Portland.
Teachers in Chicago protest pay injustice during the Great Depression, as they had not been paid for 11 months. 5,000 instructors joined by students and parents in a march and protest as they also complained about cuts in school services. Scenes from other labor strikes across United States in 1934 including shipyard and auto industry strikes. Striking workers marching. President Roosevelt intervenes in an automobile strike. President Roosevelt on Vincent Astor's yacht for a brief fishing holiday. Men in a factory or manufacturing facility punching timecards in time clocks. New automobile cars seen in production and rolling off assembly lines. Working men eat lunch beside their posts in an assembly line factory, during a break.
A newsreel titled "Universal five wins Olympics basketball final" shows a game between the company team from Universal Pictures and the McPherson Globe Refiners from Globe Oil and Refining Co. of McPherson, Kansas. The McPherson team is sometimes also referred to as the Oilers, or the Refiners. The teams are seen playing in the Olympics Qualifying basketball final in New York's Madison Square Garden. People cheer the two teams. Universal defeats the McPherson Globe Refiners to win the Olympics final. The win entitled the Universal Pictures team to name 7 players to the Olympic basketball team representing the United States in the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin Germany, and McPherson Globe Refiners was able to name 6 players to the team. These two teams beat out five U.S. college teams to earn the spots in the final and determine the makeup of the U.S. Olympic Basketball team. Players in the game in this video clip include Globe Refiners forward Francis Johnson, Centers Willard Schmidt and Joe Fortenberry, and Universal forward Carl Knowles. Universal beat the Globe Refiners by a score of 44 to 43. According to a Time Magazine article of April 13, 1936, the Globe Oil & Refining team, "...have perfected a technique called dunking with which they score by jumping up above the basket, dropping the ball into it." This may be one of the earliest references to dunking, now a staple technique in basketball. The same Time article further stated of the Oilers, "On the defense, they prevent opponents from scoring by batting the ball out of the basket." Again, the Globe Refiners were demonstrating play that later became standard in modern basketball. The idea for the Globe Refiners was a company promotion scheme, thought up in 1934 by Gene Johnson, the Sales Manager of Globe Oil who had several years experience coaching basketball. The Olympic team also included Washington State Huskey player Ralph Bishop. The USA went on to win the gold, defeating Canada 19-8.
Strategic Air Command (SAC) Reflex Action Alert flight crew members, responding to on alert, run across icy ramp to man their B-47 aircraft at the Loring Air Force Base in Maine, United States. Crew is seen preparing to board and launch. Heater hoses are attached to the aircraft. Pilot talks to crew chief, who then attends to ground auxiliary power unit and communicates with aircrew using mike and headset. Sun is setting.Snow plowed from alert area and runway. Three responding crew members slip and slide as they run over ice. A flight line guard, carrying a carbine and wearing fur lined parka, checks their passes and lets them continue. Aircraft in flight seen in background.
Scenes from 1934 movie about Westward Expansion of the United States at end of the 19th Century. View of San Francisco harbor with a steamer passing in the background. Inserted scenes from 1906 film of Market Street taken from a cable car headed toward the Oakland Ferry. It shows hectic uncontrolled vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the street. Change of scene shows current (1934) views of San Francisco from a vantage point above the city.