Crew work on L-5 Sentinel aircraft of the U.S. Army Air Corps 25th Air Liaison Squadron, at an airfield in Saidor,New Guinea during World War 2. Ground crew removes jack from under landing gear of an L-5. Other L-5's seen parked on the airstrip. Ground crew work around them. Man under L-5 aircraft makes repairs to fabric on the fuselage.
U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) Stinson L-5 Sentinel of the 25th Liaison Squadron "Guinea Short Lines" in flight over water during World War 2. View of Madang air strip (recently captured by Australian forces) pock marked with craters. Dogumur Bay in the background. L-5 lands and taxis on the battered strip. Other aircraft parked in the background. Crew men refuel L-5 aircraft, named "Little Larry," from fuel drums with funnel over wing. Australian soldiers carry litter bearing bandaged Indian Punjab soldier, who escaped Japanese prison camp. Airmen of 25th Liaison Squadron help the Indian Punjab soldier into the Stinson L-5 Sentinel aircraft. The Punjab soldier in cabin of the L-5 aircraft. American Sergeant (pilot) removes his passenger's hat, so he can be seen more clearly as he poses for the camera. An L-5 lands on the beach. Other L-5 aircraft parked on beach. Personnel in the background. L-5 (transporting the injured Indian Punjabi soldier) takes off in the opposite direction. Other L-5s in grass near beach. Scene shifts completely, to the injured Punjabi being assisted as he steps from the L-5, after landing back at the 25th Liaison Squadron base in Saidor, New Guinea.
United States troops land on New Guinea, Saidor during World War II. United States Army Air Force A-20s of 3rd Attack Group 5th provide aerial cover. PT (patrol torpedo) boats patrol a shoreline while troops disembark from a landing craft. The aircraft fly in formation and drop bombs over the target area. Smoke from bombardment. An airstrip and a harbor captured.
L-5 aircraft of the U.S. Army Air Corps 25th Air Liaison Squadron, parked at an airfield in Saidor,New Guinea during World War II. Men stand near the L-5 Sentinel aircraft, that has just rescued an injured Punjab soldier (one of 20) who escaped from a Japanese POW camp. Two men carry the Punjab soldier on a stretcher and place him into an ambulance. Tent in the background. Ambulance drives away.
The Allied campaign across New Guinea and onward to the Philippines during World War 2. U.S. warships firing their guns at night. Flashes illuminate the blackness. Bombs dropping from an aircraft bomb bay. Bombs exploding on stretch of jungle near water. A U.S. Army Air Forces B-26 bomber in flight View rearward from very low flying USAAF bomber as it bombs it drops explode behind. U.S. troops making amphibious assault on New Guinea. Map showing path of Allied attacks from Australia, across New Guinea from Port Moresby to Buna and on to the Admiralty Islands, cutting off Japanese-held Rabaul, New Britain. Map shows Allied forces moving towards Japanese strongholds at Wewak and along the North shore of New Guinea and bypassing Wewak to strike at Hollandia. General Douglas MacArthur is seen aboard a U.S. warship conferring with American and Philippine officers. Annimated map shows Allied assaults on Japanese positions along the coast from Hollandia, to Warde, Biak, and beyond, stepping along towards the Philippines. Views of numerous fallen Japanese soldiers numbering more than 150 thousand dead. Crosses in battlefield cemetery at graves of some of the more than 13 thousand Allied military who lost their lives during the campaign. A soldier paying respects at one of the gravesites. Admiral Chester Nimitz with members of his staff at his headquarters in Hawaii. U.S. Navy F4F aircraft launching from an American aircraft carrier. American aircraft bombing Japanese positions on an atoll. U.S. warships bombarding Japanese positions with their heavy guns. Admiral Nimitz standing with Admiral William Halsey. More Navy gunfire and amphibious assault scenes. Map showing places where Allied forces had to battle the Japanese, including, Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands, Kwajalein, in the Marshals, Saipan, and Guam in the Marianas, and Palau to complete the "bridging" of the Pacific to the doorstep of the Philippines.
U.S. Army Air Forces P-38 pilots of the 80th (Headhunters) Fighter Squadron in New Guinea, during World War 2. Three native tribesmen in regalia gather near a P-38. One U.S. pilot on a wing, waves his arms to indicate flying. Other pilot holds an illustration of a New Guinea warrior near the plane, indicating to a tribesman the intent to paint it on the fuselage. One of the three tribesmen poses for a picture inside the plane cockpit. (Note:The 80th Fighter Squadron was nicknamed the "Headhunters" by Squadron Commander Major Ed "Porky" Cragg in honor of these local New Guinea natives who hated the Japanese and helped American pilots return to their bases if they were shot down.)