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U.S. aircraft carriers USS Belleau Wood and USS Bunker Hill, and battleship USS New Jersey are launched in the United States.

Launch of two aircraft carriers and a battleship in the United States during World War II. People gathered at shipyards of New York Shipbuilding Corporation for the launch of the USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24). Sponsor Mrs. Thomas Holcomb seen with U.S. Marine Corps General Thomas Holcomb. Mrs. Holcomb christens the ship as it launches. Scene shifts to Fore River Shipyard in Massachusetts and launching of the USS Bunker Hill (CV-17). The aircraft carrier slides down skids into the water. Scene shifts to Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on the same day, December 7, 1942, as the launching ceremony for the Battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62). Carolyn Edison, wife of New Jersey Governor Charles Edison is seen christening the ship and it then slides into the water. Two boats underway in the background assist with positioning the Battleship.

Date: 1942, December 6
Duration: 1 min 36 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
General Electric producing the first American jet airplane engine. Bell Aircraft building first U.S. jet powered airplane.

General Electric Company engineers work on designs for America's first jet aircraft engine. In the company's plant, at Lynn, Massachusetts, machinists make parts for the engine and others assemble it. Company executives conversing about the enterprise. On April 18, 1942, the first engine produced is rolled into a test cell for operational testing. Engineers pull down the door to the test cell displaying the words: "Fort Knox." Engineers at control panel of the test cell. View into the test cell. GE Project manager, Donald F. Warner, actuates toggle switch to "on" position, and the engine ignites. Flame seen in rear of the engine. Complete change of location. View of Bell Aircraft company buildings. Bell engineers working on design of an airplane designated, XP-59A (Airacomet) to be powered by the new General Electric jet engine (later designated J-31 by the military). Views of the Bell engineering and production activities at secret facilities in Buffalo, New York. Two Bell workers expressing reservations about airplanes without propellers. A main intersection street scene in Schenectady, New York. Pedestrians walking and shopping. An F.W. Woolworth store on the corner. Copy of the Schenectady Gazette Newspaper, with headline about 500 planes raiding Berlin. A man buying a copy of the paper. (World War II; World War 2; WWII; WW2)

Date: 1942
Duration: 2 min 13 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: None
 
 
First flight of Bell YP-59A aircraft. GE develops J-33 jet engine. First flight of Lockheed P-80 jet fighter.

Official films of the flight of Bell YP-59A Airacomet jet-powered airplane, October 1, 1942. Workers at the General Electric plant in Lynn, Massachusetts, producing versions of increasingly more powerful jet engines: the I-16 with 1600 pounds of thrust and the J-33, with 4000 pounds of thrust. First flight, January 8, 1944, of a Lockheed P-80 shooting star fighter jet powered by the J-33 engine. Formation of P-80 fighter planes in flight.

Date: 1942, October 1
Duration: 1 min 23 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: None
 
 
Influx of foreign immigrants add to total population in Northeastern States of the United States.

Animated map of Northeastern United States bounded with Middle States and Southeastern States. Map depicts geographical condition of Northeastern States. Map marks States of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Map shows Northeastern settlement during colonial period by Scotch, English, Dutch, Germans, and Swedes. Also shows influx of French Canadians during early 19th century and immigrants from different countries occupying urban Northeastern centers. Map explains the population occupying region.

Date: 1942
Duration: 2 min 50 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
The liaison between the telephone system and civilian defense units at times of air raids in the United States.

The air raid warning systems in the United States. An air drill in Newton, Massachusetts. A building set on fire by bombardment. A warden reports the bomb damage to the information center. A sign reads: 'Report Center (Telephone Room)'. Men and women work inside the room. A woman talks on the telephone and she notes down the information about the location, time, date and other essential things on a paper. Chief warden and other officials seated in the report center. The report about the bombardment is given to them. The location of damage is planted on a map. They take quick actions. Fire equipment and medical aid is dispatched to the scene. A sign reads: 'District Warning Center'. Public utility representatives stand by to take charge of the repair of water mains, electrical and telephone equipment. A map locates various areas.

Date: 1942
Duration: 5 min 32 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Soldiers march on streets holding rifles during World War I and veterans return to farming and dairying in United States.

A United States troop transport ship at sea during the first World War. U.S. Army troops (aka dough boys) aboard the ship. U.S. Army soldiers march in formation in a large city square area in Europe (likely France) holding rifles during World War 1. United States troop ships being loaded with American soldiers for World War I, and scenes of U.S. troops in WWI marching in the streets of a European city. Scenes from earlier during combat in the war. World War I allied soldiers on battle front in France. Soldiers run to a bomb crater area for shelter when crossing no man's land. Soldiers fire artillery. Artillery shells explode. Allied soldiers running across a battlefield as tanks run beside them toward the German enemy. People wave U.S. flags as First World War war ends with Armistice. Large crowd gathers in New York celebrating WWI armistice. Newspaper held high by a man with headline "Germany Surrenders". Views in the United States of hard times in American towns after World War I ended and war industries were no longer providing money. View of forests. Girl draws water from a well. Man and a boy operate a grindstone sharpening a saw. Farmers plowing fields with horse drawn plows during great depression era. People do agricultural works at fields. Negro farmers at cotton office. Cattle in field. Man and a woman milk cows with hands. Man pours milk in vessels. Milk processing before bottling including pouring milk through a cooling device. Men on tractor at fields. A board reads 'For the common defense'. Views of a factory. A man operates a switch on a switchboard for generating electricity. Views of a power generation plant. Narrator describes how America will prevent a slide into hard financial times again after World War 2 ends. From a 1942 production with footage from 1917 through 1942.

Date: 1918
Duration: 6 min 50 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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