Scenes of the Royal Netherlands Indies Army Air Corp (ML-KNIL) at Kallang Airfield in Singapore during World War 2. Group of Dutch pilots gathered together for a group photo around aircraft B-3111, the plane of Lt. Frederik Pelder. The pilots are from 2-VLG V which was ordered to Singapore when the shooting war began, arriving 9 December 1941 and returning back to Semplak on 18 January 1942. Skull and cross bones held by commanding officer of 2-VLG-V, Captain Jacob Pieter van Helsdingen. The pilots and crew laugh and smile for the group photo shoot. A Dutch Martin 139WH (export version of the B-10) being loaded with bombs. Machine gunner seated in position in the aircraft. The Dutch Martin 139WH in flight overhead. Several views of Dutch Brewster B-339D fighter aircraft taxiing and in flight. Dutch pilots "scramble" (in response to alarm )and run quickly to their "Brewsters." Dutch Brewster B-339D aircraft take off in flights of three and join up in formation. An Australian Hudson I aircraft with Twin Wasp engines seen briefly as it taxis on the airfield.
The film 'Sea power in the Pacific' showing Japanese dominance in China and at start of World War 2. Then it chronicles U.S. efforts to build Navy and fight back on sea and in the air. Opening scene shows Japanese Mitsubishi G3M (Type 96) bombers high overhead, and then closeup in formation. View from bomber of bomb bays open with bombs falling and view from ground of explosions and destruction. Overlay on film says: "China---1931." (This is not correct. The G3M bomber was not yet in service.) This film depicts Japanese attacks during second Sino-Japanese War, commencing 1937, Chinese civilians running to escape Jap;anese bombing of Singapore. Buildings destroyed and on fire. Next, Japanese troops, carrying the Rising Sun flag, are seen establishing a beachhead in an Amphibious assault. More scenes of Japanese infantry advancing through Singapore, ad it is being destroyed and burned. Soldiers charging along an alleyway, with pagoda in background. Next, Japanese soldiers are seen attacking Nanking, and committing atrocities during the so-called "Rape of Nanking," in December, 1937. Chinese civilians being summarily shot and dumped into a large open grave. Two Chinese prisoners with hands bound, being executed by rifle fire. Jubilant Japanese troops celebrating their victory. Map shows areas of China occupied during second Sino-Japanese war and the East Indies to the South. View of oil tanks; an open pit tin mine; a native cutting rubber tree bark to collect latex. Flags on map show regions of English, French, and Dutch colonial interest. It also shows Islands to the East, fortified by the Japanese. Cartoon shows Japanese soldier opposed by and American sailor (representing U.S. Sea Power). Next, famous images of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941, are shown, including the USS Arizona burning and sinking. Hawaii, Midway, Wake, and the Philippines Islands, are highlighted on a map and Japanese control of the Pacific is illustrated. Japanese soldiers are seen displaying a captured American flag. U.S. Lieutenant General Jonathan M. Wainwright is seen surrendering the garrison at Corregidor, on May 6, 1942. View of Japanese General Masahara Homma discussing surrender terms with Wainright. Map shows interlocking web of Japanese fortified bases in Pacific and need for seapower to oppose it. View of American shipyard with hundreds of workers, employed to build ships for the war effort, in World War 2. Views welding, metal fabrication, and other shipbuilding activity. A new ship going down the ways and a woman christening a new ship with splash from bottle of champagne. A new "Liberty Ship," the Richard Bassett, going down the ways at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc. Baltimore, Maryland. Closeup view as the stern of another ship enters the water upon launching. View of it from a distance. Shipyard workers knock supports from under what may be a landing craft, as it is launched. Japanese warships underway in the Pacific and firing their naval guns. Explosions on a shoreline from naval bombardment. Japanese infantry wading ashore during an amphibious assault. Map shows where Japanese forces attempt an amphibious assault on Southern New Guinea, thwarted by the U.S. Navy in the battle of the Coral Sea of May, 1942. In June, 1942, a Japanese attempt against Midway Island, was again checked by the U.S. Navy in the Battle of Midway. View of USS Wasp (CV-7) carrier deck filled with airplanes, including Grumman F4F Wildcats. A Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber being cleared for takeoff from the Wasp. Gun camera film showing Japanese airplanes being shot down by pursuing U.S. aircraft.
A summary report purporting to reflect phases of Japanese so-called "Tanaka Plan" beginning with Conquest of Manchuria, followed by Conquest of China; establishment of bases in South Pacific; and Conquest of the United States. Animated map shows pressure by German forces in offensive against Soviet Union and illustrates German air war against Britain. Scenes of bombing destruction in Britain, including overturned double-decker bus in ruins of buildings. A Nelson Class British battleship viewed from dead ahead. She is followed by the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC. American newspaper headline reads:"Navy Bill Passes House." and "Huge Sum Voted for Two Ocean Navy." A line of U.S. Navy battleships underway, led by the USS Mississippi (BB-41). A field full of U.S. M3 Lee tanks moving in formation, as they are overflown by several Douglas B-18 bombers. Assembled Japanese leaders in a forum. Japanese Naval officers in a planning conference. Closeup shows Admirals Shigeyoshi Inoue and Raizō Tanaka pointing at a chart and conversing as other officers look on. Next, bomb bursts and black smoke rises as the attack on Pearl Harbor is underway. The USS West Virginia, USS Tennessee, and the USS Arizona, burning on Battleship row, during the attack. Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek with staff officers walks to a waiting car. Forces allied with China, including American troops marching; British troops marching; and Dutch Colonial troops marching (in Batavia, the Capital of the Dutch East Indies). Japanese troops continuing their conquest of China, firing a field piece, and infantry charging. Newspapers announce Japanese advances into Malay Peninsula and Hong Kong. Others cite fall of Singapore fortress and of Corregidor (6 May, 1942). Animated map shows Japanese occupation encompassing Indo-china, Thailand,and Burma (with loss of the Burma road) all of which compounded China's war efforts.
From a Japanese propaganda newsreel. Blend of actual and reenactment scenes depicting the sinking of the HMS Prince of Wales and the HMS Repulse off the coast of Singapore. Japanese Mitsubishi-96 bombers overhead in formation. Japanese aircraft drop bombs on the British ships. Large explosion on British battleship as it is struck by a torpedo.
British flag on the mast of a ship. Japanese pilot speaks over mouthpiece, seated in cockpit of Mitsubishi-96 bomber. Another pilot looks through binoculars.
Japanese troops advance in Singapore during Battle of Singapore of World War II. Animated map shows Singapore strong points. Japanese troops cross Johore Strait and wade ashore on Singapore beach. Camouflaged artillery fires and infantry move up as Japanese planes bomb Singapore. Explosions occur and smoke rises on ground. Japanese infantry make final assault on Singapore. British prisoners are taken.
Japanese troops surrender to British forces in Singapore. A view of the England naval base in Singapore. The Japanese troops at the base. A view of the city. The British troops disembark a ship. The troops with guns on their shoulders walk on the port. The people of Singapore greet them. Civilians greet British troops on trucks. Singapore prisoners cheer. A prisoner smokes. The Singapore prisoners at the Japanese prison camp. Several views of the prisoners showing Japanese torture. British General Lord Louis Mountbatten arrives for a meeting. Japanese delegation lead by General Seishiro Itagaki enters a hall for the meeting. The Japanese delegates and British officials in a hall for the meeting. Mountbatten looks into the surrender document. Itakaki signs the surrender document. People seated during the meeting. The British troops stand in formation in the background. The British flag is raised.