Rescue of Marine Corps pilot, Milton H. Vedder, who was shot down on April 25, 1943, in an aerial battle over Vangunu, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, during World War 2. View from a U.S. Navy PBY Catalina flying boat as it takes off and then flies low over islands and water. Two Marine F4U Corsairs are seen flying escort above the PBY. View from the PBY as it lands on the water and taxis past a native shack while approaching Segi Point shoreline. Crewman on PBY looks through binoculars. Native canoe approaches with Lieutenant Vedder. Native and beach observer in a boat. Man in hat is probably coast watcher Donald Kennedy. Rescued pilot Lieutenant Milton N. Vedder, in boat, smokes a cigarette. View from PBY as it takes off. Vedder and others conversing inside the PBY. Several views of the two U.S. Marine F4U Corsair fighter escort aircraft. Other F4Us are seen in distance. (Note: reportedly, the two escorting F4U Corsairs were flown, respectively, by Major Weissenberger, the Commanding Officer, and Major Leary, both from Lt. Vedder's squadron, VMF-213. )
A film titled 'Air Aspects of the Campaign against Munda' based on USAAF (United States Army Air Force) activities on the New Georgia group of Islands, Solomon Islands during World War II. USAAF P-38 Lightning in flight over the Solomon Islands. An animated map highlights Munda Point in New Georgia, Solomon Islands. A USAAF officer takes a look at aerial reconnaissance photographs. The officer talks over a phone at his desk. An animated map highlights Vila in Kolombangara. The map connects Vila and Munda Point with Henderson Airfield on Guadalcanal. U.S. 13th Air Forces B-17 Flying Fortress bombers take off from an airfield and bomb Japanese airfield at Munda Point.
Activities of the Seabees at Munda Point in the Solomon Islands during World War 2. Views of utter destruction from the U.S bombardment of Munda. Destroyed buildings, facilities, Japanese airplanes and dead Japanese soldiers. Leafless trees and damaged wooded area. Seabees commence cleanup and construction. They cremate and bury the dead Japanese. Trucks and bulldozers move over muddy terrain to level the land to construct an airstrip. Views of the steady progress of construction over the period from August 8 to August 12, 1943. The airstrip is completed within 5 days. On the 5th day a Navy F4F aircraft lands on the coral runway. . The pilot in the cockpit smiles. The Spirit of 76 is painted on his airplane. Views of other F4Fs landing on the coral runway.
A film titled 'Air Aspects of the Campaign against Munda' based on USAAF (United States Army Air Force) activities on New Georgia group of Islands, Solomon Islands during World War II. USAAF P-38 Lightning in flight over the Solomon Islands. An animated map highlights Munda Point in New Georgia. A USAAF officer takes a look at aerial reconnaissance photographs. The officer talks over a phone at his desk. An animated map highlights Vila in Kolombangara. An animated map connects Vila and Munda Point with Henderson Airfield on Guadalcanal. U.S. 13th Air Forces B-17 Flying Fortress bombers take off from an airfield and bomb Japanese airfield at Munda Point.
U.S. Army Air Force aircraft attack enemy installations on Munda Point, Solomon Islands during World War II. U.S. 13th Air Force bombers in flight over Vila in the Solomon Islands. The bombers take off from Guadalcanal to attack Japanese installations on Munda Point in New Georgia. Views of support fighter aircraft taking off to join in this, the largest single raid (total participating aircraft) in the Pacific thus far. U.S. naval guns shell enemy targets on Munda. The bombers release bombs over ground targets. Ships fire salvo from giant artillery guns towards shore targets. Smoke rises from heavy shell fire. The bombers escorted by fighters drop bombs over the targets. Smoke billows up from exploding targets. View of newly formed craters all over Munda Point after smoke clears. Aerial views of a second round of bombing over Munda Point during the same raid.
General Twining arrives to congratulate fighter Pilots of the U.S. Air Force, in Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands, during World War II. General Nathan Twining steps out of his jeep and walks towards a group of Air Force Pilots. He congratulates Captain John Mitchell and then speaks to Pilots of the 339th Fighter Squadron. General Twining and other Pilots stand in front of a P-38 fighter airplane and talk. Pilots who shot three Zero Fighters and three bombers of the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service (IJNAS) over Ki hill Airfield near Munda Point. The three Pilots, Captain Thomas Lamphier, Jr.,, Lieutenant Busby Frank Holmes and Lieutenant Alex E Barber pose for a photograph. (These three would later participate in U.S. Operation Vengeance, on April 16, 1943, in which they engage a group of Japanese aircraft, including one carrying Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the architect of the Pearl Harbor attack. He would perish when they down the Mitsubishi G4M bomber carrying him.) Pilots leaving in a jeep. A Pilot stands on the wing of P-38 fighter, besides its canopy.