March 1943: Soldiers in Douglas C-47 Skytrains prepare to drop supplies for American and Australian troops over Salamaua in Papua New Guinea. Aerial view of drop point in Salamaua with parachutes from previous drops visible on the ground. Supplies with and without parachutes descend to the ground. Planes fly low over the drop area. Parachutes with medical, food and ammunition supplies. C-47s fly low over the drop area. Planes fly over the peninsula.
1943: Animated map depicts Japanese advancement and footholds of Allied troops in Papua New Guinea. Australian 6th Division troops advance through thick jungles towards Salamaua. Soldiers route for enemies in the jungle and fire guns and artillery. Machine gun nests in the jungle. An injured soldier waits to be evacuated. The natives carry soldiers on stretchers. An Australian soldier help a wounded comrade across a river. The Australian troops are relieved by U.S. troops. USAAF B-26 Marauder at a supply depot in Kela village. Native carriers wait for supplies to be dropped from airplanes. 14 August 1943: 5th AAF bombs and strafes targets in the Wewak and Salamaua areas. USAAF B-24 Liberator drops bombs over target areas. Smoke and explosions due to the bombardment.
September 1943: Animated map shows advance of the Allied troops to Nadzab and Lae in papua New Guinea. The Australian 7th Division advance towards Lae. Soldiers in jeeps, on motorcycles and on foot advance through the jungle amidst air and artillery barrage. Soldiers fire machine guns and other artillery. Animated map shows the advance of General Thomas Blamey's troops towards Salamaua. Soldiers cross the Francisco River with natives. The Australian 9th Division advances along the east coast. soldiers in puddles and streams. A military truck stuck in the mud. Soldiers prepare for jungle fighting. Soldiers take cover among bushes as Japanese troops fire. Machine gun nests in the jungle. USAAF B-25 Mitchell bombers drop bombs over enemy territory. Fire and smoke from the explosions. Paratroopers jump from USAAF A -29 Havocs. Australian 7th Division troops amidst artillery and anti-aircraft fire. USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress and B-26 Marauder bombers in the sky. 16 September 1943: Australian 7th Division capture Lae. Bombed ruins, damaged Japanese planes, destroyed airstrips, enemy ships and boats in the harbor. Destroyed Japanese ammunition dump 'Chinatown'. Australian 9th Division crosses the Bamboo River bridge to enter Lae. Animated map shows advance of amphibious forces, paratroopers and air borne operations of the 5th AAF. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur and his men at the 90th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing quarters.
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.
March 1943: Australian and American soldiers in Salamaua in Papua New Guinea. Trucks loaded with supplies move to the aerodrome. The Depot officers radio A3 of the 5th Air Force Headquarters, who in turn contact the 54th Troop Carrier Wing for airplanes. Brigadier General Prentiss monitors the mission with Colonel Hampton. Board shows duties of the Troop Carrier Wing. The pilots and crew are briefed for the mission. Soldiers leave in jeeps at dawn for the aerodrome. The pilots are given the time for take off. Supplies are loaded. Planes are ordered off ground. Douglas C-47 Skytrains and P-38 Lightning fighters taxi and take off. Pilot scouts the skies for change in weather and danger. Planes over drop area in Greenview, marked by parachutes from earlier drops on the ground. Soldiers put supplies onto ramps and prepare for the drop. Pilot gives the signal and supplies are dropped.
Screen Magazine film 'Aussies and Yanks' about American and Australian troops in Papua New Guinea. 1942-43: U.S. 5th AAF B-24 Liberators flying over Port Moresby towards Salamaua. A destroyed ship in the water. Australian troops advance through the thick jungles. U.S. C-47 Skytrains drop supplies with parachutes over target areas. Native bearers collect the supplies and carry them to the front. Troops prepare and eat hot food at a camp in the jungle. Soldiers advance through the jungle amidst enemy fire. They capture Japanese machine gun nests. Load shells and fire anti aircraft guns and machine guns. Dead Japanese soldiers. The wounded Allied soldiers are taken to safety on stretchers across the Francisco River by the natives. A soldier leads another wounded soldier across a stream. Wounded soldiers are made to board a plane at an emergency air field to take them to a hospital. Soldiers read from a Bible at a grave for their comrades. Reinforcements and supplies are loaded into a plane at Moresby. An American pilot and an Australian co-pilot in the cockpit. The plane crashes, soldiers get off the plane. American and Australian soldiers in the jungle.