Views of The Great Atlantic Hurricane lashing at northeast United States areas (after having already hit the North Carolina Outer Banks), and views of the aftermath and early cleanup following the storm. Regions shown include Atlantic City, Long Island (where it came ashore as a category 3 hurricane on September 15, 1944), New York City suburbs, and parts of New England. High surf flooding boardwalks and coastal cities. Trees bent over and snapped in high winds. People walking with difficulty in the high winds. Streets of towns submerged in water. Coastal docks destroyed and large boats scattered high onto shore areas. Trees, poles, and wires downed over roads and homes. Entire homes moved off of their foundations and placed down the street. The "Great Atlantic Hurricane" was the first example of a named hurricane by the Miami Hurricane Warning Office, which later became the National Hurricane Center. The name was meant to reflect the hurricane's size and intensity.
The Pan American Highway Commission officials received by Cameron A. Morrison, Governor of North Carolina. Governor Morrison and the delegates pose for a photo on steps of a building. The commission visits the Highway Equipment Depot near Raleigh and inspects the machinery. They proceed towards University of North Carolina. Traffic signs and direction boards on road sides. University of North Carolina college students give a cheer and greet the group. The commission buses, cars, motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecars are seen traveling on highway roads in North Carolina. The commission members observe road machinery and try out the machines including early tractors, graders, scrapers, and plows, trench diggers, and steam shovels. Two delegate members ride in the bucket of a steam shovel. They halt at the newly completed Wilcox Bridge spanning the Yadkin River near Spencer, North Carolina. A view of the caravan on the open-spandrel (open support system) Wilcox Bridge over the Yadkin River and then in a North Carolina town. The group entering Bessemer city in North Carolina, where a welcome banner spans the roadway.
tOpening slate reads: "XBQ-3 Aerial Missile." Next, an XBQ-3 is seen taxiing on an airfield. It resembles an AT-21 training airplane. But it is actually a flying bomb (aka an aerial torpedo or an Assault Drone). The one shown in this film is the first of two built by the Fairchild Company. It displays serial number 43-25252. (The second was 43-25253). With a safety pilot aboard, it taxis about on a concrete ramp, at Fairchild Field in Burlington, North Carolina. The XQB-3 accommodated one pilot for testing or ferrying purposes, but otherwise was designed to be remotely guided to it's target and detonate on impact. Guided missile technology was progressing at such a pace as to render the 'flying bomb' concept obsolete and so the U.S. Army Air Corps cancelled the program in late 1944.
Viewed in the distance, on the horizon, USS Minneapolis, CA-36, with the USS North Carolina, BB-55 in the background, tankers maneuver to fuel the fleet. A battleship and light carrier on the horizon, another battleship being fueled. The aircraft carrier USS Lexington, CV-16, being fueled. The fleet oiler USS Guadalupe, AO-32, fuels the destroyer USS Maury (DD-401) and an unknown warship.
U.S. bomber crew members on leave in England while awaiting final orders to return home to the USA, during World War 2. A sign reads 'Officers Entrance Red Cross Aeroclub'. U.S. airmen and officers have drinks and snacks in a garden, compliments of the Red Cross, at the aeroclub of 127th Replacement Battalion site, Washington Hall, Euxton, Chorley, Lancashire. The airmen line up in formation for a retreat ceremony and salute as the American flag is lowered and folded by Military Police. An announcement over Loudspeakers prompts the fliers to rush toward Squadron "O" Bulletin Board to find their names on the list of those scheduled to return home to the USA. One flier wears a leather jacket with image of B-17 named "American Beauty" and 36 bombs (for missions) painted on it. Another wears jacket with image of a B-24 and 31 bombs, and one has room only for the name,"Piccadilly Willy," because the rest of the jacket contains bombs for 65 combat missions. Army Air Forces Methodist Chaplain, Clifford Peace, from North Carolina, conducts a brief service of blessings and good wishes for the fliers who will now be returning home.
Credits for the documentary titled 'Creative Hands' about mountain handicrafts in North Carolina. Background info about earlier handicrafts as an important part of civilization. A farmer weaves, sculpts a swan, whittle in clay. Scene change to New York City and busy areas of Manhattan, with people outside the Rockefeller Center in New York watching ice skaters. Women do window shopping. People enter Radio City Music Hall. Scene change again to farming areas in the mountains of southwest North Carolina. Animated map of United States. Wide views of farmland and a house in Brasstown North Carolina. Men cut a tree for lumber using a two man saw. Teacher at John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown helps farmer to develop creative ideas using local materials. A sign reads "John C Campbell Folk School Handcrafts." Farmers walk with their materials and are seen seated at a table of the school showing some of their handicrafts. They are taught creative ideas by the teacher.