8th Air Force Replacement Center in Stafford, England. Women's Army Corps (WAC) walking in queue with eating utensils. One of the WAC member seen with bugler as others entering in the mess. Various messages stenciled on backs of some of the women's uniforms, including, "Top Kick Lets Go On the Double" and "I dood it". WAC women serving themselves and eating at the tables. Three WAC women cleaning the mess utensils in the garden while one is seen at the window. One at the window talking with the other in the ground and polishing a shoe. WAC marching towards the air force base in uniforms while band is seen in the background. WAC enters the ground and band players are also seen. WAC salutes the senior officers.
Completion of first Canadian Lancaster bomber KB-700. Workers and engineers in manufacturing plant finalize the work of Lancaster production. Overhead view of entire length of aircraft in factory while under construction. Air Force Officers inspect the built aircraft. Celebration and inaugural ceremony of the Lancaster aircraft with musical bands, cheering people visible in the background. Aircraft moves out from the aircraft factory hangar, "VICTORY" written on the top of the hangar at the plant, Victory Aircraft Limited. Flight crew members along with a dog, climb up in the aircraft. Views of interior of Lancaster bomber, main corridor, and cockpit and controls. Aircraft named the "Ruhr Express", takes off from Canada for its first flight to England. View of it flying over waters with ice. Aircraft lands on the concrete runway in London. Senior Air force officers and other dignitaries receive the flight crew members. Address from Sir Stafford Cripps, British minister of aircraft production with emphasis on the capability of the Canadian Lancaster. Air Force Officers in briefing preparing for attack on Berlin.
World War 2 invasion of Normandy, France. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Marshal Joseph Stalin, and Prime Minister Churchill, meeting at Tehran, Iran, in December 1943. U.S. Generals George Marshall and Hap Arnold, at conference table. Closeup of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Map showing defense areas of the German 7th, 15th and 19th Armies in Europe. Map showing ports at Brest, Cherbourg, Le Havre, Dieppe, and Calais. Cherbourg is highlighted. U.S. Army trucks, tanks, and artillery, stockpiled in England. Railroad train carrying M3 Stuart tanks. U.S soldiers leaving troop ships and marching to their camps in Britain. Allied troops practicing amphibious assaults on Southern coast of England. Formation of B-26 bombers.View from Allied aircraft flying low over German-occupied area. B-17dropping bombs over Germany. German fighter planes attacking B-17 bombers beginning in February 1944. Gunner in turret of B-17 firing at them. A B-17 exploding in the air. German fighter downed by B-17 gunner. Gun camera footage of German Bf 109 attacked from rear by gunfire. American soldiers in trucks, DUKWs, M4 tanks, and M8 armored Cars. Troops receive gas masks, waist life belts, field rations, and French money. May 30, 1944, American soldiers board tanks, trucks and other vehicles bound for embarkation points in England. Seen are Stuart M3 light tanks, jeeps, and M7 Priest tanks. M7 tanks are seen, equipped with intake and exhaust ducts. (At TC:11:39, U.S. M7 Priest tanks,equipped for deep wading, are seen passing the base of the Jubilee clock on the beachfront at Weymouth, on their way toward Castle Town in Portland for embarkation.) Transport ships are loaded at the embarkation ports. Trucks being backed onto LCT-453. U.S. Army infantry marching and boarding transport ships. Troops marching into LST 376 at Plymouth, England. Higgins Boats, from the USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) bringing troops to board her. Troops on deck of Attack transport, USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13). Barrage balloons overhead. Soldiers shooting craps on a troop ship deck. Coastguardsmen playing with a puppy dog. Gun crews on U.S. Navy warship being briefed. Soldiers field-strip and check their weapons
B-17Fs of the 8th Bomber Command, 1st Bomb Division, 305th Bomb Group, 366th Bomb Squadron, landing at their base, RAF Chelveston, in Northamptonshire, England, during World War II. The first to land displays a dozen yellow bombs, for missions, painted under the pilot's cockpit window, and Squadron code KY, and L, on its fuselage. Its tail number is 42-5053. The second plane to land displays KY and D, on fuselage, and tail number 42-29553. The third, shows the squadron's KY, but other markings are not readable. The fourth to land displays some mission bombs below its cockpit window, the Squadron KY, and J on the fuselage. Its tail number is 41-21624. Bomb Group tail codes and nose art are not seen on any of the aircraft. But, researchers have identified names of three of them: Bloody Tangier Show (42-5053), Arkie II (42-29553),and Madame Betterfly (41-24624), and estimate the film to have been shot between 3/1/1943 and 5/19/1943.
Film titled ‘D-Day Convoy’ based on invasion of Normandy (D-Day) by Allied Forces during World War II. Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, and Prime Minister of UK Winston Churchill seated at Tehran Conference in December 1943. Other officials stand behind the big three. U.S. General George Marshall, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe Dwight Eisenhower and other officials seated at a conference table. Map of France details cross channel assault of France by Allied Forces. Map shows coastal locations to be attacked by Allies. Weapons and equipment from America pouring into England. U.S. soldiers arrive in England and train, for the invasion, on southern coast of England. U.S. B-26 bombers hitting German targets and smoke billowing up from exploding bombs. B-17 bomber in flight and bombs falling on German industrial targets. Gunners on B-17s defend against German fighter aircraft. American bomber explodes in flight after attack by German fighter airplane. German Messerschmitt fighter is destroyed. From edited film produced in 1947.
U.S. B-17s of the 8th Air Force complete a bombing mission against German positions in Rouen, France during World War II. Ground crew men of the U.S. Army Air Forces as they write on a bomb. Bombs being loaded onto a B-17 aircraft. Pilots and flight crews ride bicycles to a quonset hut, on an airbase in England, where they are briefed by an RAF officer, who identifies the coded target and radio codes to be used. Eighth Air Force B-17s prepare to take off. The lead aircraft is "Yankee Doodle" piloted by Brigadier General Ira Eaker. He is followed by B-17s "Stinky", "Littleskunkface" and the "Berlinsleeper." Aerial view of the target and bombs dropping. Flak explodes well below the formation of B-17s.
The formation heads home to England. A large group of Army officers stands on top of the control tower watching the returning aircraft. Brigadier General Ira Eaker jumps from his parked B-17, "Yankee Doodle" and shakes hands with Major General Carl Spaatz, Commander of the 8th Air Force. Eaker is seen later, smoking a cigar and being interviewed about the raid by a surrounding group of Army personnel. ( Note: Reportedly, the B-17 "Stinky" crashlanded in Athenry Co Galway Ireland on the 15th January 1943 with General Jacob Devers and a party of other Generals onboard, but none were injured and and all arrived safely at 2AM the same day, in Belleek, Nothern Ireland.)