Scenes of the first daylight strategic bombing by the United States Air Forces against targets in German-controlled Europe. A dozen B-17s execute the first mission against railroad marshaling yards in German-held Rouen, France, on August 17, 1942. A year later, large numbers of U.S. bombers attack Schweinfurt, Germany during World War II. U.S. B-17 Flying Fortress planes take off from U.S. Air Base in England. A formation of B-17s in flight. They head towards Germany. U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower and his aides confer. Unescorted B-17s over Schweinfurt under heavy attack by German FW-190 fighter planes. The B-17s drop bombs over the target area. Ruins of Schweinfurt after bombings. A FW-190 goes down after facing attack. Dead and wounded men unloaded from B-17s which return from the Schweinfurt raid. Panoramic views of ruined Schweinfurt on August 20, 1943.
U.S. 351st Bomb Group at RAF Station Polebrook, Northamptonshire, England during World War II. A display board of the U.S. 351st Bomb Group, at RAF Station Polebrook, England, shows 15 principal targets and the number of times they've been struck by B-17s of the Group. The most missions were flown against Schweinfurt, Germany (25 times) and second most, against Hanover, Germany (17 times). Another recent status board records missions against Amiens and Evreux,and Romilly, France; Stuttgart, Germany; and Brussels,Belgium.Swastikas indicate German aircraft shot down during these raids. A C-45 aircraft lands and parks at the field. Major General Ira C. Eaker,Commander 8th Air Force, steps from the plane for a visit with the 351st Bomb Group. He proceeds to the briefing room, in a Quonset hut. Four Officers of the Group pose. View of heavy bombs in the bomb dump. Views of bombs hung wing racks of a B-17 to increase its bomb load. Bombs being transported on motorized dollies. Airmen writing in chalk on a bomb. It reads: "From the boys K of C #92 Jim, MH." Fliers at nighttime in their Quonset hut quarters. One writes a letter. Others trying to sleep, as sounds of aircraft engines are heard. Officer opens door of quarters and wakes crew members, telling them breakfast is at 3AM and briefing at 4AM. Briefing officer asks fliers to guess what the target of the day will be. Several make suggestions. The briefing officer removes a cover from the mission map, revealing target deep in Germany. The fliers respond with good-natured boos. Commander gives final instructions.,
Effects of U.S. Army Air Forces operations in Germany during World War 2. German troops and civilians walk on street. Civilians clean up rubble. German civilians and troops in a chow line. Troops and civilians clean up cities, repair marshalling yards, and the buildings. Bombs falling over German targets from U.S. bomber planes. Animation of various targets in Germany shows Wilhelmshaven, Huls, Hamburg, and Schweinfurt, and the various products made there. Shows Marionburg where aircraft are made.
American officials in Schweinfurt, Germany after World War II. American officials interrogating German civilians for Nazis. American officials seated at a table in an open area. Two Germans seated across the table. Several civilians gathered around the area. Several buildings in the area. Views of German civilians. Two other civilians seated at the table. One of them wearing an armband. The civilians interrogated by the officials.
American officials in Schweinfurt, Germany, near the end of World War II in Europe. U.S. Army soldiers questioning a group of young German boys in military uniform. The GIs and the young boy German soldiers standing in a field. Several soldiers in the background. Close up views of the faces of the Hitler youth or German boy soldiers, most of whom appear to be in their early teen years. An American soldier questioning the young men writes notes in a small book.
American soldiers guard German soldiers in Schweinfurt, Germany during World War II. American soldiers guard German soldiers as they dig in rubbles with shovels. Damaged buildings in the background.