From "The Last Bomb": The defeat of Japan through American airpower in World War 2. A single B-29 from the 39th Bomb Group (stationed at North Field Guam) drops clusters of incendiary and fragmentation bombs over Japan. Bombs away view of large number of bombs falling toward Japan. A formation of B-29s from the 498th Bomb Group, Isley Field, Saipan, in flight during a daytime bombing mission over Japan. Explosions and smoke rise from targets in Japan, including two Japanese aircraft plants and an airdrome as part of U.S. tactical plan 574. Color, low aerial view of massive bomb damage over Tokyo following U.S. air attacks of March 1945. Escorting P-51s from Iwo Jima engage defending Japanese fighter aircraft in dogfights. Later, P-51s conduct strafing attacks against Japanese ground targets, including: lines of communication; railroads; marshaling yards; factories; airfields; ships; and harbors. Color gun camera footage shows these strafing attacks. P-51s returning to land at Iwo Jima and performing celebratory rolls over the field. Crippled B-29s making emergency landings on Iwo Jima. A B-29 from 500th Bomb Group with an engine shutdown. A B-29 from the 29th Bomb Group. Bad weather over runway at Iwo Jima forces a P-51 pilot to bail out over the field. A B-29 from the 6th Bomb Group ditches in water near beach on Iwo Jima. A B-29 crashes and bursts into flames during landing at Iwo Jima (all crew escapes.) Firefighters douse the flames with foam. Formation of B-29s from 39th Bomb Group returning to Guam after bombing mission over Japan. A B-29 crashing on landing and bursting into flames. Sole surviving crew member being carried on stretcher, as firemen and rescue teams work at scene. Formations of B-29s from 498th Bomb Group and 9th Bomb Group, in flight. Good color view from B-29 of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, which brought about the capitulation of Japan and end of World War 2. Large mushroom cloud rising into the air following atomic bomb explosion at Nagasaki.
Formation of U.S Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator bombers, flying over Iwo Jima during World War 2. View from one of the aircraft of Japanese air field below. Nightime view of American anti-aircraft fire directed at Japanese bombers attacking Saipan. Explosions and fire silhouetting American aircraft on Saipan's Isely field during Japanese air raid. Burning U.S. B-29 bombers. Scene changes to Japanese aircraft destroyed on the ground at the air base on Iwo Jima. Bodies of dead Japanese airmen on the air field. Later view of P-51Ds from the 21st Fighter Group at Central Field on Iwo Jima, in the summer of 1945,after the field had been substantially upgraded to allow B-29 operations. A B-29 is seen displaying an "F" tail code. A formation of B-24 Liberator bombers in flight on a bombing raid. Waist gunner inside a B-24 firing at attacking Japanese fighter aircraft. A Japanese fighter going down in flames at night. View from a B-24 of another, off its left wing, flying in formation with its number 3 engine shutdown and propeller feathered. View from B-24 bombing oil facilities at Balikpapan, Borneo. Bombs bursting on the ground. Glimpse of B-24s in formation. Aerial views of bomb bursts carpeting target areas below. Aerial view of B-24s flying above smoke rising rapidly from bombs bursting below. View of bomb craters left below (probably from later reconnaissance flight).
Japanese air raid over Saipan during World War II. U.S. Army Air Force B-29 Superfortress bombers parked at an airfield in Saipan, Mariana Islands. Crewmen work on a B-29. Pilots being briefed by USAAF Brigadier General Emmett O'Donnel. B-29s take off from an airbase. B-29s fly through flak. Bombing of Tokyo by B-29s. Wreckage of B-29s after Japanese air raid on Saipan. Firefighters in action. Black smoke rises from the burning B-29s. A Japanese plane goes into a kamikaze suicide dive over Saipan.
From "The Last Bomb", shows U.S. Army Air Forces conventional bombing of Japan in 1945, during World War 2. Map shows take off points in Saipan, Guam and Tinian. Guam Island shores. Houses and mountains in Guam. Civilians in village. U.S. military equipment, ammunition, vehicles and aircraft parked at airfield. Men around tents. Men at airfield engaged in morning activities. B29s parked and taxi at airfield. Technicians work on aircraft engines. Men manning B29s. Men board B29s. Sign reads 'Headquarters XXI Bomber Command'. General Curtis LeMay around chart planning raid on Japan's industrial areas. Other officers in room. Officer stand up as General Curtis leaves. Officers discuss the plan of attack. Bombs including GP bombs transferred at airfield. Submarines speed up in water to take up positions. Officers at headquarters in discussion. Officers talk on phone. Officer around flight status panel carry out visual progress of the flights. Officer marks positions. Time table for statistics of each wing on wall. B29s taxis for take off at airfield.
USS Bluegill SS-242 off the coast of Saipan, Mariana Islands during World War II. A man fires at a mine with a rifle from the deck of USS Bluegill SS-242. CPO (Chief Petty Officer) and an enlisted man on the deck of USS Bluegill. A U.S. ship off Saipan Island. Stowing rope in a stowage space on the deck of USS Bluegill. A sailor paints on the deck of the boat. Saipan Island in the background. Men shoot at a mine with a 40mm gun and rifles. A man on the deck looks through binoculars.
USS Balao underway in the Pacific Ocean. Sunset view. The submarine underway. Bow of the submarine. Other ships underway and mountains in the foreground. The submarine approaching Saipan. A boat along the side of the submarine. Men aboard the boat and the submarine. USS Balao tying up at Saipan and handing out mail. Men aboard a tender watching the submarine. USS Balao underway leaving Saipan. Submarine underway.