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Bob Hope and his USO Troupe visit a U.S. Navy base on Mios Woendi island, Schouten Islands, Papua New Guinea, during World War II.

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.)

Date: 1944, August 11
Duration: 1 min 7 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Preparation of supplies and drops executed by soldiers from airplanes in Papua New Guinea.

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. (World War II period).

Date: 1944
Duration: 7 min 25 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
American and Australian troops advance during the New Guinea Campaign.

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. (World War II period).

Date: 1944
Duration: 1 min 48 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
U.S. Marines Invading Talasea, New Britain, Papua New Guinea, during World War II

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.

Date: 1944, April 6
Duration: 2 min 36 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Soldiers prepare and pack various material and supplies for delivery over Papua New Guinea.

1942: Troop carriers drop supplies for troops at war over a lake in Papua New Guinea. Various material and supplies being prepared for delivery. Wheel barrow parts dropped from planes. The parts are then reassembled for use. Barbed wire dropped with the supplies. Soldiers organize and pack mails for the troops in sacks. Soldiers wrap Gelignite between two sand bags for minimum damage during drops. Rations packed in neatly stacked cartons. Soldiers prepare and pack ammunition for machine guns and mortars, as well as grenades for delivery. A soldier packs medical supplies into boxes. Two soldiers wrap the packed supplies in cloth. Another soldier attaches a parachute to the medical supplies.

Date: 1944
Duration: 3 min 4 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Soldiers pack supplies and parachutes at an Australian Parachute Packing Depot in Papua New Guinea.

March 1943: A map shows Salamaua in Papua New Guinea. An aircraft drops supplies with parachutes over hills. An Australian parachute packing depot. Soldiers pack parachutes on tables in rows. Stacked Australian parachutes to deliver rations, American parachutes used for Ammunition, and 24 foot parachutes for regulation. White parachutes used for medical supplies, blue ones used for rations and red used for ammunition supplies. Aerial view of Goodview, an area of conflict. A soldier radios the requirements to base. Another soldier delivers the plan to the depot. Soldiers pack mortar ammunition. The fuses and sheets are packed together in boxes. Soldiers put boxes into sacks, tie the sacks and attach parachutes. Soldiers pack canned meat: lay straw in big cans, put small cans into those, seal the big cans, secure them with a wiring machine, and attach parachutes. Sacks of rice are put into copper sacks, their mouths tied. Soldiers pack rations including onions, bacon and potatoes for delivery. Supplies are loaded onto trucks and transferred to the aerodrome. (World War II period).

Date: 1944
Duration: 5 min 51 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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