USS Yorktown CV-10 in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Early 1944: Animated map shows the Caroline Islands, Mariana Islands, Gilbert Islands and the Marshall Islands in the Pacific. The U.S. Naval fleet advances from Truk Islands towards an advanced naval base in the Marshall Islands, taken from the Japanese. U.S. ships underway around the fleet anchorage. U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers, battleships, cruisers, fleet auxiliaries and support ships. Crew and aircraft on the flight deck of the 'Fighting Lady' CV-10. The crew members relax and enjoy themselves in the water. They dive and jump off a contraption into the sea. Sailors sort letters in the ship's post office. Some write letters back home. The crew assembled on the ship deck. Commander of the ship Rear Admiral Joseph James 'Jacko' Clark briefs the crew about their mission, designation to Task Force 58, and advance towards Tokyo. The USS Yorktown and other carriers of the Task Force underway. Sign boards for various Ready Rooms on the ship. Air Group Commanders and pilots ready on call. Rear seat gunners and radio men on call in another Ready Room nearby. They talk, relax, drink Coca-Cola and have ice cream. Flags on board. Commander of the TF 58 Admiral Marc Andrew 'Pete' Mitscher and Skipper Clark on the flight deck. A poster for the ship board movie 'Home in Indiana'. Sailors watch the movie. Planes in flight through clouds, the Task Force underway seeking the Imperial Japanese Naval fleet. New cruisers, Coast Guard cutters and Navy Transports in the Task Force. The patrol spots a Imperial Japanese Navy search plane, a Kawanishi H8K flying boat called 'Emily' by the Allies. The plane fires at the Task Force ships before being hit and sinking in the water. U.S. officers and sailors in a discussion. An animated map depicts the objective to move towards and free the Mariana Islands.
The Pacific Campaign of World War II on the Island of Saipan, Mariana Islands. Aslito Airfield as it appeared when ground crews of the 318th Group arrived on 18th June, 1944. A U.S. Marine as he walks around inspecting the dead bodies of Japanese soldiers. Japanese mess kit showing spilled rice. Several dead Japanese soldiers lying around in the area. Destroyed Japanese aircraft with "NTP-1" written on tail. Demolished hangars and buildings. Fuel drop tanks lying around in the area. Surrounding installations showing the buildings that have been bombed or completely demolished. 804th Aviation Engineers at work clearing the area for camp site using heavy duty equipment such as bulldozers, graders, cranes, and half tracks. Damaged Japanese hangar.
The Pacific Campaign on the Island of Saipan, Mariana Islands during World War 2. Map titled 'Mariana Islands' showing the location of U.S. carrier convoy. Map showing the location of LSTs (Landing Ship, Tank). Map with heading '804th Aviation Engineers in Saipan'. Map and sea route marked from Hawaii past Johnson Island showing location of transport convoy, June 17, 1944. Convoy at sea showing men aboard the ships looking down at the water. Convoy showing the various types of vessels in the convoy, mostly freighters. Continuation of maps with sea markings of the route of the convoy showing the location of Kwajalein Islands and location of Eniwetok. Carriers underway showing planes aboard the carriers. Personnel on look out, aircraft spotters and others. Huge geyser of water erupting near a freighter. Convoy off the coast of Saipan showing a huge geyser of water going up. LSTs and freighters at anchor off the coast of Saipan. Personnel aboard LST as they move in towards the shore. Gun flashes can be seen ashore. Unloading operation showing the LST pulling into shore, the door falls down into the water and a half track pulls out and moves into the shore loaded with men and equipment. Trucks, jeeps and all types of equipment moving across the water in toward shore. Men walking ashore.
On the joint force assault by the American Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force against the Japanese on the island of Saipan, Guam and Tinian in the Mariana islands. A map of the Mariana Island in the Pacific, occupied by the Japanese forces. Map of the Guadalcanal. U.S. troops advance in jungles, reach ashore in inflated boats and land on beachheads. Grim faced soldiers marching in the Marshall Islands. Map shows advancement of U.S. forces in Japanese occupied areas. Map shows location of the Marianas Island. U.S. troops aboard landing crafts reach ashore. Face of commander as he yells to comrades. Scenes of battle between the American and the Japanese forces. Landing ship tanks (LST) advance on beach head. Sounds of heavy artillery shelling. U.S. troops advance on beach under heavy enemy fire. Joint Assault Force attacks the island of Guam. Guam is finally reclaimed by the U.S. forces. The U.S. flag is planted on Guam.
After the battle of Saipan, during World War 2, P-47s of the 318th fighter Group 19th Fighter Squadron are seen flying in from the Carrier, USS Natoma Bay and those of the 73rd Fighter Squadron, flying in from the USS Manila Bay. View from a P-47 approaching Coastline of Saipan Island . Control tower operator on lookout for aircraft. Signal from the tower giving the planes directions for landing. Four P-47s peeling off for landing. P-47s approach and land on Aslito airfield, island of Saipan. Fliers standing around their aircraft watching other planes come in for landing. 19th Fighter Squadron P-47s taxiing into parking area. Pilot talking to the crew chief of his plane. View across airfield showing the demolished hangar building with P-47s in 19th Fighter Squadron's dispersal area. Fuel Trucks and ground crew personnel attend to the arriving aircraft. One of the P-47s carries the name: "Jackie Eilen" and another, the name "Angel." (Note: Although written introduction to this film refers to 11 June, the events depicted occurred after 20 June, 1944. The invasion of Saipan did not begin until 15 June, 1944. Aslito Field was captured on 19 June, 1944. The first P 47 aircraft (a few) arrived on 20 June, 1944 while the Seabees were working to make the field operational.)
The Pacific campaign on the Island of Saipan, Mariana Islands during World War II. P-47 Thunderbolt planes loaded aboard carriers in Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. P-47s of the 318th Fighter Group, 19th Fighter Squadron , are loaded aboard the two aircraft carriers, USS Manila Bay and USS Natoma Bay, at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. Among the aircraft seen are: P-47 named "Big Baduzi;" P-47 number 42-75783 named "Little Rock-ette;" one named "The Wicked Wench;" and one with serial number 43-2530. Various views of aircraft being loaded on carriers from dock area. Crane in operation. Plane being swung over onto the deck where it is pushed on the elevator and moved down into the hold of the ship. Air Force mechanics working with Navy personnel moving planes and placing them below deck. Navy personnel pushing the aircraft around into position above and below the deck of carrier. Sailors cut loose the mooring lines. Several officers and sailors standing on deck of a carrier as they move out of the harbor. View across Pearl Harbor at Diamond Head mountain in background. Remaining ground crews, support personnel, and others of the 318th Fighter Group assembled on the pier, ready to embark on a troop ship, June 6, 1944. They commence boarding via a gangplank, being checked off as they board.(This third convoy, departs on June 7th.) Various sections of ship with views looking out across at land and ships parked in the harbor.