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U.S. Air Force Generals flying aboard B-17s operating from Australia, during World War II

B-17 flying fortress bomber taxiing on Royal Australian Air Force Base at Laverton, near Melbourne, Australia during World War 2. Several other B-17s are parked in the background. Armorer crews loading bombs aboard B-17s. American Army Air Forces crews boarding B-17s. Closeup of Brigadier General Ralph Royce, Chief of U.S. Air Operations in the South Pacific, as he looks out from copilot's window in a B-17. View out left window in cabin ofthe B-17, on takeoff roll. View of two left engines from pilot's window at low altitude. View of crew members in cabin of B-17. Change of scene to cockpit of B-17 named "The Swoose," in flight, being piloted by Lieutenant General George H. Brett, Commander of all Allied Air Forces in the South Pacific. Closeup of General Brett. Glimpse of navigator charting position at his station. The plane's pilot and aircraft commander, Major Frank Kurtz, is occupying the copilot position and converses with General Brett. Waist gunners preparing for battle in the aircraft. View out gunner's opening.

Date: 1942
Duration: 1 min 11 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
People gather to greet the British fliers as they land in Melbourne, Australia.

British fliers land in Melbourne, Australia. The British airmen CWA Scott and Tom Campbell Black land in Australia while flying in a race from England to Australia. Airplane lands on an airfield. People gather in a large number to greet them.

Date: 1934, December 24
Duration: 19 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
As the United States enters World War II, U.S. military forces are seen, deployed in various places throughout the world.

American troops are seen in arctic gear moving on skis through blustery snowy weather in Iceland, during World War 2. They were sent in 1941 to relieve British troops occupying Iceland since 1940, during World War II. A guard post at the American camp, with Quonset Hut in background. Closeup of U.S. sentry in arctic gear holding rifle with bayonet affixed. View from above, of numerous tents partially covered with snow in the American camp. Change of scene shows U.S. troops disembarking from transport ships at the British Isles. They march with their combat gear onto a square where Army trucks wait to transport them inland. Another scene shows the American troops, viewed from behind, parading in London. Other scenes show them marching in various areas of London. Saint Paul’s cathedral is seen in the background of one scene. A large number of American M3 Stuart Light tanks move on a railroad train in Britain. Scene shifts to the Middle East, where railroad cars and various military supplies for Russia are be offloaded from American ships. A Russian officer is seen signing receipts for war materiel, from a U.S. Army Technical Sergeant. A row of American Army trucks are lined up behind them. The Russian and American exchange salutes, and shake hands. Next, a troop ship carrying American troops is seen arriving at a port in India, where they disembark with their gear. An American Army Sergeant in a pith helmet pays attention to a little Indian girl. Scene shifts to China, in 1942, where Brigadier General Claire Lee Chennault, Commander of the China Air Task Force, of the Tenth Air Force, that replaced the American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers), is seen with Brigadier General Caleb V. Haynes, Commander of the India Air Task Force. A colonel joins their discussions. A Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber is parked behind them. View of Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter planes, with Flying Tiger markings, parked on a flight line. A B-24 bomber landing on a runway, between hills, deep in China. Closeup of Nationalist China Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, saluting. Huge numbers of Chinese troops assembling in a formation. Next, an expeditionary force of American troops is seen arriving on a troop ship in Australia. They line the ship’s deck and wave. General Douglas MacArthur arriving in Australia to assume the office of Supreme Commander, South West Pacific Area (SWPA). .Glimpses of U.S. Navy activities in Australia: setting up defenses of islands; unpacking a Kingfisher float plane and making it ready for use on a desert island. The final segments of the film show American forces in August ,1942 sailing to Adak in the Aleutian Islands, to strengthen American defenses there. Troops seen descending by rope ladder from the American transport ship USS J Franklin Bell (PA-34), into her landing craft for deployment on Adak Island. Scenes of landing craft reaching the beach and offloading troops, vehicles, and supplies. View of beach filled with supplies. One landing craft is clearly marked with ""P34" showing that it belongs to the USS J Franklin Bell ( later reclassified as APA-16).

Date: 1942
Duration: 2 min 31 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
A Japanese Mitsubishi A6M3 Type 32 Zero fighter plane being tested at Wright Field, Ohio, during World War II

Army Air Forces records describe this as flight tests conducted at Wright Field on a Japanese Mitsubishi Type 0 MK2-SSF Hamp fighter plane, Army Air Forces (AAF) No. EB-201. (Recognized later, as a variant of the Zero, these Mitsubishi A6M3 Type 32 planes were renamed "Zeke 32.") Flight tests were made from January 9th to March 10th, 1944, to compare this aircraft with AAF fighters and to verify tests made in Australia by the Special Duties and Performance Flight of T.S.-7, Directorate of Technical Services, Melbourne. Test pilot in the cockpit with engine running. Closeup of pilot (possibly Captain Ralph C. Hoewing, who became first Commandant of the AAF Test Pilot School). He takes off from the airfield. and is seen in flight. Various aerial views of the Zero are seen including: flying overhead and from above as it flies over Ohio farmland. The pilot enters a shallow climb; and is seen from above and behind. He performs a slow descending roll. Finally, he buzzes the airfield at low altitude and high speed, and then brings the aircraft in for a smooth landing. (Note: This aircraft was rebuilt by the Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit in Hangar 7 at Eagle Farm Airfield, Brisbane, Australia, from the wrecks of five Mitsubishi A6M3 Type 32 Zeke's captured at Buna, New Guinea, during the war.) [ Ref. WWW. hangar7.org.au ]

Date: 1944
Duration: 4 min 1 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
U.S. Olympic team arrive in Los Angeles, United States after the Olympic games in Melbourne, Australia.

America's Olympic contenders return in Los Angeles, United States from the Olympic games at Melbourne. The America's Olympic team members climb down a ladder. American weightlifters Paul Anderson carrying Charles Vincci on his shoulders climbs down the ladder. A close up of American Oarsman John B. Kelly. Basketball player Bill Russell. A close up of Anderson waving. All the players including Anderson seated together. American athletes Glenn Davis and Greg Bell stand together. Olympic athletes Bob Richards, Charles Dumas and Tom Courtney stand together. Parry O' Brein meets his family members.

Date: 1956, December 10
Duration: 42 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Japanese forces capture Corregidor, Philippines; Bataan Death March; Pacific supply lines to allies in Australia in World War

Japanese forces fire artillery at Corregidor. Smoke rising from Corregidor under bombardment. Japanese troops land on Corregidor, Philippines Islands, May 5 1942. A soldier watches enemies' action through binoculars. Soldiers fire artillery in the field. General Wainwright surrenders. He sits with other officers and Japanese officers and discusses. Japanese soldiers lower the American flag and then bonzai cheer and celebrate their victory. They raise the Japanese flag. Captured Americans departing Mariveles on Bataan Death March, under Japanese guard. Map shows Japanese targets for invasion in other areas like Malay, Borneo, and New Guinea. Close up view of Japanese soldier's face. Briefing documents labeled Secret are opened and reviewed. Airplanes on the ground. U.S. And Australian troops march in Australia. Animated globe shows different countries. View of armament and artillery production factory operation in the United States supplying war materiel. Close up views of faces of war production workers. Animation and models shows a supply line through which supplies are transferred to Australia. Lockheed P-38 Lightning wrapped in camouflage is lowered onto a transport ship deck. U.S. Army tank loaded onto ship and American troops go ashore in Australia. United States planes bomb and sink Japanese ships in the Bismarck Sea on March 2, 1943. View of American machine gunner firing machine gun from aircraft in flight toward enemy Japanese ships. Cockpit point of view shot out of American aircraft as it bombs and strafes Japanese ship. Bombs away view as U.S. aircraft release bombs. Smoke rises from the burning Japanese ships. General MacArthur and Admiral Nimitz meet and discuss strategy and review maps. Animation shows different potential routes for American forces to return to the Philippines.

Date: 1943
Duration: 6 min 22 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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