Views from a B-17 of U.S. 8th Air Force on its way back to England, after bombing mission over Germany during World War 2. The formation of B-17s is attacked by German FW-190s and ME-110 fighter planes. B-17 gunners shoot one down. They shoot down two more FW-190s and then an ME-110, which explodes in a ball of fire. An attacking German FW-190 is suddenly intercepted by a British Spitfire over the British Channel, and retreats. Seeing this, crew members in one B-17 begin to sing "Goodnight Sweetheart." Among the B-17s shown in flight, is B-17F, Serial Number 41-24635 (named:"8 Ball Mk II") of the 359th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group, stationed at RAF Station Molesworth, England. A rainbow is seen as the returning B-17s begin landing at their home base. Two airmen are seen walking together in their flight gear, across a field.
The United States Army Eighth Air Force 351st Bombardment Group shooting for the film 'Combat America.' Slate indicates these segments are filmed at RAF Station Molesworth, England. Several repeated takes for the An Army Air Forces film “Combat America.” An Air Forces Captain drops from the bottom hatch of a B-17 bomber and is approached by Captain Clark Gable, who begins reading to him from some papers. The scene is stopped and repeated again, when filming continues with Gable questioning and conversing with the Captain. Their conversation seems jovial, with both smiling from time to time. They both appear to be holding similar papers, and Gable occasionally makes a motion that suggests they are discussing the film script and associated actions. A Clapper is actuated for Take 4, in which Gable commences reading, again, from his papers, directing his comments at the B-17 Captain, and repeating the earlier hand motions. The final take is a closeup of the B-17 Captain, standing close to the aircraft, and appearing to answer questions. Clip ends with wild shots of flight boots and feet of someone walking.
The United States Army Eighth Air Force 351st Bombardment Group shooting for the film 'Combat America' at RAF Station Molesworth, England, during World War 2. Captain Clark Gable leaning on wing of a United States Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, talks to crew member in flying jacket sitting on wing of B-17. Crew member slides off wing and out of picture. Captain Gable also walks out. Crew member in leather flying jacket and peaked cap, seated on wing of B-17 talks to someone off screen. Captain Gable and ball turret gunner in conversation under the B-17. Ball turret gunner checks guns in turret. Crewman seated on wing of B-17.
The United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) 'Hell's Angels' based at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Station Molesworth in England during World War II. The English Channel, coast and land seen from a USAAF Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. The Molesworth Airfield. Hangars, other buildings, runways, military vehicles and soldiers at the base. Aircraft parked in and around hangars. Three British soldiers beside a machine gun on a tripod. One soldier points upward. Hangars and barracks at the base. Quonset huts.
The United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) 'Hell's Angels' at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Station Molesworth in England during World War II. USAAF Douglas A-20C Boston IIIAs taxi past parked B-17 Flying Fortresses. The aircraft take off. Several B-17s take off. The aircraft in flight. Aerial view of the Airfield. The landscape around the Airfield. The B-17s in flight over fields and buildings in rural England.
The United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) 'Hell's Angels' based at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Station Molesworth in England during World War II. A windsock flies with the wind. U.S. Army Air Force airmen work on the engine of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Several B-17s parked at the Airfield. Military jeeps around the aircraft. Two B-17s taxi along. They pass several other parked Flying Fortresses. The aircraft take off.