B-29 taking off from Isley Field, Saipan, during World War Two. View of Pilot at controls. View from nose of aircraft as it flies very low over ships in the water. Crew members in flight gear plus mae wests are sweating from tropical heat at low altitude . B-29s moving as they taxi to line up for takeoff. A C-46 flies overhead. Seen are B-29s of Saipan-based 73rd Bomb Wing's 497th Bomb Group (Tail Code "A"), 499th Bomb Group (Tail Code "V") and 500th Bomb Group (Tail Code "Z"). Also seen are aircraft of the 314th Wing, stationed on Guam, including those of 39th Bomb Group (Tail Code "P") as well as B-29s of the Tinian-based 313th Wing's 9th Bomb Group (Tail Code "X") and 6th Bomb Group (Tail Code "R"). Views of the B-29s taking off. Name on one aircraft, "The Rocket," can be seen. B-29 taking off directly over camera. Ground operations and departures being controlled by a controller/dispatcher on radio telephone. Formation of B-29s overhead. Interior of a B-29 in flight, showing gunner relaxing at his position. View of crew inside B-29
Animated map indicating routes from Northern Marianas Islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Guam to Japan, and return. Map of the islands and focus on Guam. A village in Guam. Shows natives going down street on a bullock cart. Supply dump showing boxes, tires, and Pilot oxygen containers. Trucks hauling supplies. B-29 on hardstand, with tail code "Z", from the 73rd Bomb Wing, 500th Bomb Group, stationed at Saipan. Several B-29s along the flightline, displaying tail code "O", from the 314th Bomb Wing, 29th Bomb Group, home-based on Guam . Scenes of tent area. GIs standing at table, eating. Two homemade washing machines. Two GIs scrubbing fatigues with brushes. Three GIs taking showers.
Members of U.S. Army Air Force 73rd Bombardment Wing paint the undersides of B-29 Superfortresses black for night –flying camouflage in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands during World War II. Men stand on ladders and paint the underside of a Boeing B-29 Superfortress. Side view of the B-29. B-29s are lined up and are painted.
Camouflaged (black painted underside) U.S. Army Air Force Boeing B-29 Superfortresses in flight over Saipan, Northern Marianas Islands during World War II. A B-29 in flight. B-29s in formation flight.
U.S. B-29 bombers of the 73rd Bomb Wing, at Isley Field, Saipan, during Second World War in Pacific. Seen are those of the 499th Bomb Group (Tail Code "V") and 498th Bomb Group (Tail Code "T"). Also seen are B-29s of the 314th Bomb Wing, stationed on Guam, including those of the 29th Bomb Group (Tail Code "O") and the 330th Bomb Group (Tail Code "K "). Load of bombs on trailer. Bombs under B-29s which are ready for loading. Ground Crews turning props through on B-29s prior to starting. Flight crews boarding aircraft. Briefing chart of mission showing courses from Marianas Islands to Japan and back. Ground crews stacking bombs near aircraft. Brief glimpse of a surfaced submarine underway. Lines of B-29s taxiing and taking off.
Numerous B-29 bombers operating against Japanese targets from Northern Marianas bases during World War II in the Pacific. Bombers are seen from following units: Guam-based 314th Bomb Wing, 39th Bomb Group (Tail Code "P"), 29th Bomb Group (Tail Code "O") and 330th Bomb Group (Tail Code "K"); Tinian-based 313th Bomb Wing, 6th Bomb Group (Tail Code"R"); Saipan-based 73rd Bomb Wing, 497th Bomb Group (Tail Code "A"). Aircraft of these units are all seen taking off on missions. View in cockpit of a B-29 taking off. Pilot calls for and signals "gear up" to copilot. View from nose of the aircraft as it flies low over some ships. On airfield, a ground controller/dispatcher is seen on radio telephone. View aboard a B-29, during mission, as bombardier signals that he has control of the B-29. Large clusters of incendiary bombs dropping from B-29s. Huge clouds of smoke rise and obscure the scene after the strikes. B-29s returning to land after the mission. View from nose as a B-29 touches down and taxis on active runway. Crew members discussing mission in front of parked B-29. Final scene is of formation of B-29s from Saipan-based 73rd Bomb Wing, 499th Bomb Group (Tail Code "T").