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Chaplains approach the stone marker and look at the grave on the Solomon island in Melanesia.

A grave on the Solomon island, Melanesia. Chaplains arrive near the grave. A tent near the grave. The chaplains approach the stone marker. They look at the grave.

Date: 1943, May 23
Duration: 34 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Condensed highlights of U.S. forces engaging Japanese in Pacific island-hopping campaign of World War beginning in 1943.

Aerial view from fairly high altitude, shows convoy of American warships underway in the Pacific in 1943. Nearest ship seen is an aircraft carrier. Illustrated globe and animated map show a Naval Task Force headed through the Gilbert and Marshall Islands. Three U.S. Navy Douglas Dauntless dive bombers seen flying in formation with an aircraft carrier steaming in the background. Glimpse of more aircraft carriers. Sailors in the powder handling room of the Cruiser USS Chicago (CA-29) carrying cylinders of powder for her 8-inch guns. Sailors, stripped to the waist, in one of her gun turrets, load an 8-inch shell and powder charges into the breech of one of Chicago's guns. Interesting view from below, as they close the breech and step back as the gun fires. Glimpse of Naval guns firing from a U.S. warship. Another view of sailors loading an 8-inch gun on the USS Chicago. (Note: The USS Chicago was lost between Rennel Island and Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands on 30 January, 1943.) A Baltimore Class Cruiser firing its guns. Flashes from naval guns firing from several American warships in close succession. Fire directed at the shore of a Japanese held island. Gun camera footage from a U.S. warplane strafing Japanese aircraft on the ground at an enemy air base. More gun camera footage of strafing and bombing. Closeup of a U.S. Army Air Forces B-26 Liberator bomber in flight, with others in the background. Views from U.S. Aircraft as their bombs strike Japanese targets on the ground below. A U.S. Navy TBF Avenger aircraft flying overhead as viewed from a landing craft. View from inside a landing craft full of U.S. troops heading toward an amphibious landing. Closeup glimpse of Coxswain in landing craft and troops aboard behind him. Amphibious landings being made under fierce friendly and enemy fire. U.S. troops leaving their landing craft under enemy fire. Marines firing small arms, machine guns, and using hand grenades, in sand of Tarawa. Views of fallen Japanese defenders on Tarawa. Closeup of Marine smoking a cigarette. Another is binding shoulder wound of a buddy. American flag raised on one of the few still standing palm trees. American Marines saluting the flag. Bodies of fallen American marines floating at the shore and on the sands of Tarawa. Marines departing Tarawa. Scene shifts to Chinese KMT leader Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, seated with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at Cairo, Egypt on 25 November, 1943. Leading Allied military leaders sit at a table to hammer out details of postwar plans. American officers present include U.S. Army Chief of Staff George Marshall and Chief of the Army Air Forces, General Henry H. ("Hap") Arnold.

Date: 1943
Duration: 4 min 28 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
American campaign against Japanese-held islands in the Pacific during World War II

U.S. sea power in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Aerial view of landing craft speeding through the water below. Animated map of Pacific Islands including the Solomons, New Britain, and New Guinea. Shows arrows depicting American amphibious assaults on Russell Islands in February, 1943; on New Guinea, and Rendova in June, on New Georgia in July, on Eastern New Georgia in August, on Choiseul, in October, and Bouganvillle in November, 1943. Aerial view of a Pacific Island airfield. Grumman F4F aircraft with engine running on an aircraft carrier. Bow view of an American Essex class Aircraft Carrier making way in heavy seas. A Douglas Dauntless airplane heading away from a carrier (in background). Map showing locations of American North and South Pacific naval forces and arrows pointing to Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands, and then to the Marshall Islands (Kwajalein Atoll and Enewetak Atoll). American infantry marching with full field packs, at a port, where they board transport ships. An artillery field piece being loaded on the ship, along with landing vehicles tracked, and army trucks. A convoy of troop ships and supply ships at sea.

Date: 1943
Duration: 2 min 25 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
U.S. 13th Air Forces B-17 Flying Fortress bombs Japanese airfield at Munda Point in New Georgia group of Islands.

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.

Date: 1943
Duration: 2 min 49 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
U.S. Navy PBY Catalina flying boat rescues downed U.S. Marine Corps pilot in Solomon Islands during World War II.

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. )

Date: 1943, April 27
Duration: 3 min 42 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
The Seabees construct an airstrip at Munda Point in the Solomon Islands during World War II. Daily progress seen over 5 days.

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.

Date: 1943, August 8
Duration: 3 min 27 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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