Bob Hope and members of his USO troupe ride on a PT boat during visit to entertain U.S. Navy personnel during World War 2. In opening scene, Bob Hope doffs his pith helmet as he strolls past the camera to climb aboard a PT boat (PT-331) of U.S. Navy Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 21, where several naval officers greet him. Members of Hope's USO troupe, Patty Thomas, and Francis Langford, step from jeeps to board the PT boat. Next, the two are seen in the cockpit of the boat next to its captain, Lieutenant Kermit W. Montz, USNR, as the boat speeds along in the water. Among sailors occasionally glimpsed behind them is Radioman 1st Class bill Thielen. In change of scene, Bob Hope climbs out a hatch, holding onto his pith helmet to keep it from blowing off. The boat's number, 331 is clearly displayed on superstructure behind him. (Note: (Squadron 21 received a Presidential Unit Citation for outstanding performance during the Huon Peninsula Campaign against Japanese forces from October 1943 to March 1944.)
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.
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.
September 1943: Animated map shows advance of the Allied troops to Nadzab and Lae in papua New Guinea. The Australian 7th Division advance towards Lae. Soldiers in jeeps, on motorcycles and on foot advance through the jungle amidst air and artillery barrage. Soldiers fire machine guns and other artillery. Animated map shows the advance of General Thomas Blamey's troops towards Salamaua. Soldiers cross the Francisco River with natives. The Australian 9th Division advances along the east coast. soldiers in puddles and streams. A military truck stuck in the mud. Soldiers prepare for jungle fighting. Soldiers take cover among bushes as Japanese troops fire. Machine gun nests in the jungle. USAAF B-25 Mitchell bombers drop bombs over enemy territory. Fire and smoke from the explosions. Paratroopers jump from USAAF A -29 Havocs. Australian 7th Division troops amidst artillery and anti-aircraft fire. USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress and B-26 Marauder bombers in the sky. 16 September 1943: Australian 7th Division capture Lae. Bombed ruins, damaged Japanese planes, destroyed airstrips, enemy ships and boats in the harbor. Destroyed Japanese ammunition dump 'Chinatown'. Australian 9th Division crosses the Bamboo River bridge to enter Lae. Animated map shows advance of amphibious forces, paratroopers and air borne operations of the 5th AAF. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur and his men at the 90th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing quarters.
U.S. 1st Marine division riflemen advance cautiously behind Sherman M4 tanks on a trail through heavy jungle in Talasea, New Britain, Papua New Guinea, during World War 2. Tank crews fire their guns point blank at Japanese positions. Marine in tank turret fires machine gun. Tanks rake side of trail with gunfire as they lead riflemen along the trail. They pass a metal building in Japanese installation.
March 1943: Soldiers in Douglas C-47 Skytrains prepare to drop supplies for American and Australian troops over Salamaua in Papua New Guinea. Aerial view of drop point in Salamaua with parachutes from previous drops visible on the ground. Supplies with and without parachutes descend to the ground. Planes fly low over the drop area. Parachutes with medical, food and ammunition supplies. C-47s fly low over the drop area. Planes fly over the peninsula.