Bomber aircraft production by the Ford Motor Company in the United States at the Willow Run plant between Ypsilanti and Belleville Michigan. Henry Ford and Edsel Ford sitting on a wall, conversing. A building under construction in the background. A sign on the building reads: 'United States National Defense Willow Run Airplane Plant, Dedicated June 16, 1941. Designed and erected for Bomber Production by Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford Founder-Edsel Ford President'. A United States Army Air Force B-24 Liberator bomber flying over a field. A group of workers posing outside the plant with a new bomber. The group includes Henry Ford II and Army Officers. Henry Ford II signing his name on the side of the last bomber built at Willow Run Several other people signing. Women workers signing. A crowd around the bomber. Aerial views of the plant.
A film about the Negro pilot training in U.S. Army Air Forces in July , 1941. Negro pilots come out of a building at Tuskegee air base. Men work on U.S. Army Air Forces P-40 aircraft. Bombs being loaded under the wing. Pilots being briefed by an officer. Pilots put on their masks and board the planes. At Oseoda air base in Michigan, P-40 aircraft piloted by Negro airmen taxis and take off. Aircraft in flight. P-40s dive strafe and skip bomb an area. Smoke rises due to dropping of bombs. Aircraft lands. Pilots check the accuracy of their hits and being congratulated by an officer.
Preface to U.S. in World War 2. German U-boat on surface. Crew climbing down into submarine and at duty stations while submerged. Torpedo trails bubbles underwater. Ship hit and explodes. Newspapers report torpedoing of American ships: SS Robin Moor, SS Lehigh, SS Sessa, SS Steelfarer, and SS Montana, by German U-boats. Secretary of War, Henry L. Stimson calls on U.S. Navy to secure sea lanes. Wendell Wilkie agrees. U.S. Congress repeals Neutrality Act, November 17, 1941. Deck guns being placed on U.S. Merchantmen. Japanese warships docked and troops entering Indochina, as local people watch.Japanese troops by Dong Dang, near Chinese border. Situation described by animated illustrations.Japanese Special Envoy, Saburo Kurusu, is dispatched to Washington. Pan American Boeing 314 flying boat taking off. Japanese Naval Task Force of warships underway. Kurusu arriving in San Francisco, on November 14, 1941. He steps from the aircraft and makes statement to reporters. Japanese Ambassador, Kichisaburo Nomura, and Special Envoy Kurusu escorted into the White House by Secretary of State Cordell Hull, on November 17, 1941. Japanese troops bombarding Chinese city with artillery. November 26, 1941, View of Executive Office Building with statue of Victory atop U.S. Army First Division Monument. Secretary Hull announcing proposal to Japan.The Japanese representatives leaving the White House. Japanese aircraft carriers steaming toward Pearl Harbor. Japanese flight crews getting briefed on December 7,1941. Nakajima B5N (Kate) torpedo bombers taking off and in formation. Secretary Hull at his desk. The aloha tower and aerial view of Honolulu. Sailors at outdoor Sunday service, and relaxing at Pearl Harbor. Vehicle entering Hickam Field. Japanese airplanes bombing Pearl Harbor. Explosions on U.S. warships. USS Arizona (BB-39) suffers direct hit and explosion, as filmed from the deck of U.S. Navy Hospital Ship, USS Solace (AH-5). Shots of pilots and point of view from pilots inside Japanese bomber and attack aircraft, through a mix of dramatized segments from Japanese propaganda films about the Pearl Harbor attack, and real footage from the Pearl Harbor attack. View from Japanese planes bombing and strafing Ford Island. U.S. sailors firing antiaircraft and machine guns down Japanese planes. Secretary Hull describes memorandum from Japanese.
Purdue wins against Michigan during a college football game in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The crowd in the stadium cheers the teams. The game begins. The Purdue Boilermakers play against the Michigan Wolverines. At half time, the teams are tied at 14. The fans watching the game cheer the players. The third quarter of the game being played. In the final quarter of the game Michigan needed two points to win. At the end of the game the Purdue Boilermakers win with a score of 21 and upset the Michigan Wolverines who scored only 20 points.
A U.S. Army Air Forces Douglas B-18 bomber burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl harbor. At first it is obscured by flames and smoke. United States soldiers run around the burning aircraft. Cars and other army vehicles drive past the burning aircraft. A fire fighter is seen on the broken wing of the airplane, directing water on the fuselage, while flames and smoke are all around. The nose canopy is missing from the bomber and half the right wing and engine are broken off. Its tail is damaged. Burned out remains of the aircraft is shown at end of film.
New York Daily News headline reads 'Japan at war with U.S.' Journal American newspaper headline reads:'US votes war'. Boxes of M-1 ammunition being off-loaded from a ship and placed on a roller conveyer. U.S. Army tank, trucks, and aircraft ready for shipment overseas.