Indian Punjabi soldiers freed from Japanese prison camp, are seated in shade under wing of a U.S. Army Air Corps L-4 Grasshopper airplane, at an air field in Senai, Papua New Guinea, during World War 2. They are being interviewed by an Australian Sergeant and an officer. The Punjab former prisoners have been provided uniforms including ranger hats. (They have short hair and no beards, so they may include Sikhs, Dogras, Pathans, and Punjabi Muslims, but haven't yet obtained material for their traditional turbans.) The Sergeant makes notes and sketches on a pad as the escaped POWs provide information about their experiences and information of possible value regarding Japanese forces. Scene shifts to the Punjab soldiers sitting in a grass-roofed hut, with the native Chief of Senai. Several of them sit in in front of the hut, smoking long-stemmed native pipes. The Senai Chief poses with a Punjab Sergeant. Two Stinson L-5 airplanes take off from the Senai field. A group of liberated prisoners prepares and eats a meal.
Pilot sits in cockpit of a Piper L-4 airplane of the U.S. Army Air Corps 25th Liaison Squadron, parked on a grass field at Senai, New Guinea, during World War 2. An Indian Punjab soldier, recently freed from a Japanese prison camp, sits in the back seat of the airplane. Several soldiers watch as the airplane takes off. A local tribesman sits near an Australian officer and an American pilot, who have a map spread out in front of them. A local native approaches followed by another liberated Indian soldier, walking with help of a stick. The American pilot walks out to greet the Indian who shakes his hand and bows. Another Indian also walks out to greet him, salutes, and shakes his hand. Three Indian soldiers pose for the camera, with the U.S. pilot standing nearby. The one with the walking stick salutes. Then two of them shake hands. Several Australian soldiers pose for the camera. Closeup of a Piper L-4 airplane with "Guinea Short Lines," and image of kangaroo, painted on its fuselage.
Two Indian Punjab soldiers, liberated from a Japanese prisoner camp, walk towards a Piper L-4 Grasshopper airplane of the USAAC 25th Liaison Squadron, parked on a muddy field at Senai, New Guinea, in World War 2. A U.S. Airman escorts another Punjab soldier. Several grass huts are seen in the background. The Indian soldier boards the airplane. The airplane's pilot approaches and stops momentarily, to allow cameraman to photograph the passenger, before he gets into the front cockpit. Side of the airplane is painted with the words: "Guinea Short Lines" and image of a kangaroo. Next, the airplane is seen splashing water during taking off from the muddy field, past several persons watching from the side of the field. Another L-4 begins to take off.
The Allied campaign across New Guinea and onward to the Philippines during World War 2. U.S. warships firing their guns at night. Flashes illuminate the blackness. Bombs dropping from an aircraft bomb bay. Bombs exploding on stretch of jungle near water. A U.S. Army Air Forces B-26 bomber in flight View rearward from very low flying USAAF bomber as it bombs it drops explode behind. U.S. troops making amphibious assault on New Guinea. Map showing path of Allied attacks from Australia, across New Guinea from Port Moresby to Buna and on to the Admiralty Islands, cutting off Japanese-held Rabaul, New Britain. Map shows Allied forces moving towards Japanese strongholds at Wewak and along the North shore of New Guinea and bypassing Wewak to strike at Hollandia. General Douglas MacArthur is seen aboard a U.S. warship conferring with American and Philippine officers. Annimated map shows Allied assaults on Japanese positions along the coast from Hollandia, to Warde, Biak, and beyond, stepping along towards the Philippines. Views of numerous fallen Japanese soldiers numbering more than 150 thousand dead. Crosses in battlefield cemetery at graves of some of the more than 13 thousand Allied military who lost their lives during the campaign. A soldier paying respects at one of the gravesites. Admiral Chester Nimitz with members of his staff at his headquarters in Hawaii. U.S. Navy F4F aircraft launching from an American aircraft carrier. American aircraft bombing Japanese positions on an atoll. U.S. warships bombarding Japanese positions with their heavy guns. Admiral Nimitz standing with Admiral William Halsey. More Navy gunfire and amphibious assault scenes. Map showing places where Allied forces had to battle the Japanese, including, Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands, Kwajalein, in the Marshals, Saipan, and Guam in the Marianas, and Palau to complete the "bridging" of the Pacific to the doorstep of the Philippines.
Allied campaign in New Guinea under General Douglas MacArthur during World War 2. A U.S. Army Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress lands and Supreme Allied Commander Pacific General Douglas MacArthur gets off the airplane. General MacArthur is greeted by General Thomas Blamey (Head of the Australian Army). General MacArthur and General Blamey are driven to a war front by an Australian Soldier (See footnote below). Native bearers carry equipment to the front on jungle trails. General MacArthur meets officers at an air base. A U.S. Army Air Force B-24 Liberator aircraft prepares to take off. Bombs near the airplane. Crew members before taking off. The aircraft takes off and in flight. A Japanese ship underway. Gunners fire at the ship and bombs being dropped. Smoke rises from the sinking ship.
[Note: Reportedly, the Aussie soldier driving the jeep is Patrick Mulholland (QF56463) a "driver / mechanic", allocated from 25th Battalion AIF to Australian Army HQ NGF (New Guinea Force) in Port Moresby and Milne Bay 1943 1944. He was disciplined and jailed by Camp Commandant for 7 days from 3rd Sept 43 to 10th Sept 43 for "defacing the King's uniform" by ripping sleeves and fatigue pant legs off his uniform to get some relief from the weather. Observe appearance of the driver's uniform.]
U.S. Army Air Forces P-38 pilots of the 80th (Headhunters) Fighter Squadron in New Guinea, during World War 2. Three native tribesmen in regalia gather near a P-38. One U.S. pilot on a wing, waves his arms to indicate flying. Other pilot holds an illustration of a New Guinea warrior near the plane, indicating to a tribesman the intent to paint it on the fuselage. One of the three tribesmen poses for a picture inside the plane cockpit. (Note:The 80th Fighter Squadron was nicknamed the "Headhunters" by Squadron Commander Major Ed "Porky" Cragg in honor of these local New Guinea natives who hated the Japanese and helped American pilots return to their bases if they were shot down.)