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.
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.
The Pacific Campaign on the Island of Saipan, Mariana Islands during World War 2. Map titled 'Mariana Islands' showing the location of U.S. carrier convoy. Map showing the location of LSTs (Landing Ship, Tank). Map with heading '804th Aviation Engineers in Saipan'. Map and sea route marked from Hawaii past Johnson Island showing location of transport convoy, June 17, 1944. Convoy at sea showing men aboard the ships looking down at the water. Convoy showing the various types of vessels in the convoy, mostly freighters. Continuation of maps with sea markings of the route of the convoy showing the location of Kwajalein Islands and location of Eniwetok. Carriers underway showing planes aboard the carriers. Personnel on look out, aircraft spotters and others. Huge geyser of water erupting near a freighter. Convoy off the coast of Saipan showing a huge geyser of water going up. LSTs and freighters at anchor off the coast of Saipan. Personnel aboard LST as they move in towards the shore. Gun flashes can be seen ashore. Unloading operation showing the LST pulling into shore, the door falls down into the water and a half track pulls out and moves into the shore loaded with men and equipment. Trucks, jeeps and all types of equipment moving across the water in toward shore. Men walking ashore.
Reconstruction of Saipan airfield in the Mariana Islands. Damaged hangars on Saipan airfield due to bombings by Japan. Men beside bulldozers parked in an area. A bulldozer clearing the airstrip. Men set detonation charges on the ground. The bulldozers at work in the background. The charges going off resulting in explosions. Power shovels, bucket elevators and trucks used to reconstruct the airstrip. Equipment at work on the airstrip. Narrow guage flatcars are loaded with supplies by a crane. The flatcars moving on a path. The supplies are unloaded. A man beside a flatcar. Men beside equipment clearing the airstrip. Two men sitting on a track and one of them writes 'B & O Express' on the back of a rail cart. The men shake hands. A man beside a rail cart of drums on a track. Men stand on materials in rail carts and the rail carts move. Several tents in view.
U.S. Task Force 58 attacks Japanese held island Saipan in the Mariana Islands during World War II. Task Force 58 ships head towards Saipan. A map of Saipan. Carriers, battleships and destroyers of Task Force 58 underway. U.S. Navy Admiral Raymond Spruance aboard a ship. U.S. Naval guns bombard Saipan. Smoke rises from shell explosions on the island. U.S. Marines embark on landing crafts off Saipan. The Marines and U.S. tanks advance on the island. U.S. heavy artillery guns bombard Saipan. The Marines continue to battle Japanese troops as they advance. Japanese installations in ruins. A U.S. Navy F6F Hellcat fighter aircraft lands on the island. The American flag is raised. U.S. medics treat wounded soldiers. Japanese women and children are removed to safety by U.S. troops.
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.