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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
 
 
General Twining congratulates pilots of the 339th Fighter Squadron, on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands during WWII

Major General Nathan F. Twining, Commanding General, 13th Air Force. arrives to congratulate fighter Pilots of the U.S. Army Air Forces, at Henderson Field, on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, during World War 2. (The 339th had successfully accomplished a highest priority mission, shooting down Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto's airplane on April 18, 1943.) Major General Twining, wearing a pith helmet, steps out of his jeep and walks towards a group of 339th Squadron Pilots. He examines the nose wheel of a P-38, as a group of pilots stand around him. General Twining converses for a while with Major John W. Mitchell, Commander, 339th Fighter Squadron, who led the mission to down Admiral Yamamoto's airplane. Later, members of the 339th Squadron are photographed in conversations with one another.

Date: 1943, April
Duration: 3 min 7 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
U.S. reinforcement and resupply operations on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, during World War II.

Reinforcements and supplies arriving on Guadalcanal during World War 2. Various views of Soldiers and supplies arriving from transport ships. These operations are occuring in 1943, after Guadalcanal has been secured and now being prepared as a base for further allied advances against Japanese-held islands on the road to Japan itself. In one scene Soldiers are seen arrivng on a Higgins Boat from the transport ship, USS George Clymer (APA-27). Most of the film shows supplies being amassed on the beachhead. Local natives are employed helping unload and store the large quantities of supplies.

Date: 1943
Duration: 1 min 44 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
U.S. Army planes attack Japanese locations on the Solomon Islands from Guadalcanal during World War II.

The U.S. Army plans attack at Munda Point on New Georgia group of Islands, Solomon Islands, during World War II. An animated map highlights locations from where the attack is to be launched and Japanese locations to be attacked including Munda, Ballale Island, Vila, Kahili, Buka, and Rabaul. Aerial views of various U.S. air bases in the Solomon Islands. U.S. aircraft in flight. An animation depicts the air cover for U.S. convoy moving between New Georgia and Guadalcanal and the need for fighter patrol. An animated map depicts air attack on Japanese land positions to neutralize air bases and disrupt shipping. The map also depicts direct cooperation of tactical group without ground forces to attack concentrated Japanese troops.

Date: 1943
Duration: 4 min 5 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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