Documentary titled 'The Biscuit Bomber - The Story of Dropping' about the development of aerial supply techniques by the Troop Carrier Command in New Guinea, 1942-43. A fighter formation of U.S. Douglas C-47 Skytrains and P-38 Lightning fighters of the 54th Troop Carrier Wing with fighter escorts in flight. Soldiers with supplies on the plane. U.S. and Australian troops fighting in the jungles of New Guinea. Soldiers amidst heavy firing and bombardment. Natives on foot carry heavy supplies on their shoulders and backs. Soldiers and natives make their way across the rough terrain. A village with huts and army vehicles. A map shows the area of conflict. Soldiers gather and wrap supplies in blankets and rags, load them into planes. Plane taxis and takes off from field. Soldiers on the ground give a smoke signal. Soldiers in the plane drop the supplies over the drop area. Inadequate wrapping and packing of supplies and the failure to use parachutes damages the supplies during the drops over Goodview.
Screen Magazine film 'Aussies and Yanks' about American and Australian troops in Papua New Guinea. 1942-43: U.S. 5th AAF B-24 Liberators flying over Port Moresby towards Salamaua. A destroyed ship in the water. Australian troops advance through the thick jungles. U.S. C-47 Skytrains drop supplies with parachutes over target areas. Native bearers collect the supplies and carry them to the front. Troops prepare and eat hot food at a camp in the jungle. Soldiers advance through the jungle amidst enemy fire. They capture Japanese machine gun nests. Load shells and fire anti aircraft guns and machine guns. Dead Japanese soldiers. The wounded Allied soldiers are taken to safety on stretchers across the Francisco River by the natives. A soldier leads another wounded soldier across a stream. Wounded soldiers are made to board a plane at an emergency air field to take them to a hospital. Soldiers read from a Bible at a grave for their comrades. Reinforcements and supplies are loaded into a plane at Moresby. An American pilot and an Australian co-pilot in the cockpit. The plane crashes, soldiers get off the plane. American and Australian soldiers in the jungle.
Mechanics servicing P-40 fighter aircraft on what is most likely 4-mile Strip on New Guinea. Date is probably late 1942. "Scatterbrain" was the name painted a P-40 flown by Captain George Manning of the 7th Fighter Squadron, which was based at Rogers Airfield, Port Moresby, New Guinea, during 1942-43, during World War Two.
Scenes from the Japanese South Seas Force invasion of coastal New Guinea in March 1942, during World War 2. Stern of a ship. Smoke rising from a ship in the far background. Japanese warships underway at sea, mountains in the background. A Japanese man on deck of warship, paints picture of historic naval victory. Animated map showing Northern Australia and New Guinea, with animated bombs falling on Port Moresby and flags showing Japanese-held positions at Lae and Salamaua on the coast of the Solomon Sea, to the North. A view of the coastline on the Solomon Sea. Japanese troops are seen in a column making their way through the jungles.They stand with the rising sun battle flag and proceed further, pulling field pieces and carrying other war materiel. View from inside a dwelling, as the Japanese troops enter town of Lae. Destroyed hangars and aircraft at the Lae airfield, which the Japanese bombed on January 21, 1942. The Japanese rising sun flag flying on a tall flag pole. Japanese ships in harbor.
The film 'Sea power in the Pacific' showing Japanese dominance in China and at start of World War 2. Then it chronicles U.S. efforts to build Navy and fight back on sea and in the air. Opening scene shows Japanese Mitsubishi G3M (Type 96) bombers high overhead, and then closeup in formation. View from bomber of bomb bays open with bombs falling and view from ground of explosions and destruction. Overlay on film says: "China---1931." (This is not correct. The G3M bomber was not yet in service.) This film depicts Japanese attacks during second Sino-Japanese War, commencing 1937, Chinese civilians running to escape Jap;anese bombing of Singapore. Buildings destroyed and on fire. Next, Japanese troops, carrying the Rising Sun flag, are seen establishing a beachhead in an Amphibious assault. More scenes of Japanese infantry advancing through Singapore, ad it is being destroyed and burned. Soldiers charging along an alleyway, with pagoda in background. Next, Japanese soldiers are seen attacking Nanking, and committing atrocities during the so-called "Rape of Nanking," in December, 1937. Chinese civilians being summarily shot and dumped into a large open grave. Two Chinese prisoners with hands bound, being executed by rifle fire. Jubilant Japanese troops celebrating their victory. Map shows areas of China occupied during second Sino-Japanese war and the East Indies to the South. View of oil tanks; an open pit tin mine; a native cutting rubber tree bark to collect latex. Flags on map show regions of English, French, and Dutch colonial interest. It also shows Islands to the East, fortified by the Japanese. Cartoon shows Japanese soldier opposed by and American sailor (representing U.S. Sea Power). Next, famous images of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941, are shown, including the USS Arizona burning and sinking. Hawaii, Midway, Wake, and the Philippines Islands, are highlighted on a map and Japanese control of the Pacific is illustrated. Japanese soldiers are seen displaying a captured American flag. U.S. Lieutenant General Jonathan M. Wainwright is seen surrendering the garrison at Corregidor, on May 6, 1942. View of Japanese General Masahara Homma discussing surrender terms with Wainright. Map shows interlocking web of Japanese fortified bases in Pacific and need for seapower to oppose it. View of American shipyard with hundreds of workers, employed to build ships for the war effort, in World War 2. Views welding, metal fabrication, and other shipbuilding activity. A new ship going down the ways and a woman christening a new ship with splash from bottle of champagne. A new "Liberty Ship," the Richard Bassett, going down the ways at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc. Baltimore, Maryland. Closeup view as the stern of another ship enters the water upon launching. View of it from a distance. Shipyard workers knock supports from under what may be a landing craft, as it is launched. Japanese warships underway in the Pacific and firing their naval guns. Explosions on a shoreline from naval bombardment. Japanese infantry wading ashore during an amphibious assault. Map shows where Japanese forces attempt an amphibious assault on Southern New Guinea, thwarted by the U.S. Navy in the battle of the Coral Sea of May, 1942. In June, 1942, a Japanese attempt against Midway Island, was again checked by the U.S. Navy in the Battle of Midway. View of USS Wasp (CV-7) carrier deck filled with airplanes, including Grumman F4F Wildcats. A Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber being cleared for takeoff from the Wasp. Gun camera film showing Japanese airplanes being shot down by pursuing U.S. aircraft.
1942-43: U.S. transport planes parked on an airstrip during the New Guinea Campaign in Papua New Guinea. Paratroopers board the planes and they take off. Supplies are parachuted from U.S. transport planes to Australian troops in the jungles. Australian troops advance amidst heavy fire in the jungles. Machine gun nests. Machine gunners and riflemen load and fire at the enemy. Natives carry wounded soldiers on stretchers. A soldier helps another wounded comrade across a stream.