United States and Chinese airmen at Bergstrom Field, Austin, Texas July 1946.
The Neo-Classical building is the Texas State Capital at Austin, Texas and Austin Texas is noted on the graduate’s diploma “Bergstrom Field, Austin, Texas”. At this time the 349th Troop Carrier Group was based at Bergstrom and assigned to the Third Air Force, Tactical Air Command as noted on the diploma. Also “Air Force Combat Units of World War II” Edited by Maurer Maurer states this unit trained Chinese crews to operate C-46 aircraft.
Film is very interesting in that it visually shows the transition from “Army brown to Air Force Blue” for the C-46s still carry the I TROOP CARRIER COMMAND insigne on the nose, with was disbanded on 4 Nov 1945 but they have the new AAF wide "Buzz Numbers" for all aircraft operating solely within the continental USA, by T.O. 07-1-1 of November 1945 and the graduate’s diploma is notating the new post-war air force type command reorganization of March 1946.
Cowboys approaching ride horses into a stable. Cattle graze. Oil wells and military airfield from overhead. Distant view of Dallas Texas city skyline. Night view of streets and signs in Amarillo Texas. Daytime view of a tall skyscraper building and wide street in Houston Texas with cars and traffic View of the Hotel Nimitz in Fredericksburg Texas. Downtown Fort Worth Texas city street with shops, offices, and cars. Downtown area in Pampa Texas. Street corner view in Kerrville Texas. Two different views of The Alamo and surroundings in San Antonio, Texas. A water tower and oil rigs in Kilgore Texas. Downtown area of El Paso, Texas from elevated view. Street view in downtown Beaumont, Texas. Downtown view in Wichita Falls, Texas. Downtown San Angelo Texas views. Distant view of the city of Austin Texas from an elevated position, and then in downtown Austin featuring the State House Capitol building. Cattle, sheep, and sorghum farming views. Rice fields and Turkey ranches. Many oil rigs and oil wells. A busy shipyard in Texas making ships for World War II war effort. A sprawling aircraft factory. Oil rigs pumping oil. Farmer on tractor plows wheat field. View of rice harvesting (Massey Harris Self Propelled Harvest Brigade). Men stack magnesium bars. Magnesium factory next to ocean in Texas. Hand cotton picking and view of a mechanical cotton picker. Tractor pulling sorghum harvester. Sulfur mining and Helium plant in Amarillo. Black clouds in sky from burning natural gas in making synthetic rubber for war effort. Cliff of sulfur dynamited and loaded by train crane. Cowboys herd cattle and view of Fort Worth Stockyards and Exchange. Angora goat farm and turkey farming. War time workers manufacturing. Alabama and Coushatta Native American Indian village with flag of service stars for men in the war. Indian children with elder and Indian logging camp. Campus of University of Texas and State Capitol in Austin. Well dressed women exit Dallas department store.
A U.S. Army soldier seated on a chair takes a nap. A cup kept in front of him on the table. View of an American family of a small town seated in dining room for a meal. Children come out of school. Both a well-kept high school building and a rural simple school are showing, with boys and girls in bare feet exiting the poor rural school down a wooden ramp. Men lined up and children playing in slum and tenement areas. Quick views of skyscrapers, new schools, buildings, colleges (including view of Rice University in Houston Texas) and art galleries in the United States, including the National Gallery of Art entrance. A Texan in a cowboy hat delivers a John Randolph famed "Texas Brag" saying, "If all the hogs in Texas were one big hog, he could dig the Panama Canal with three roots and a grunt.” A labor organizer in America touts the strength of the labor movement. An American town hall meeting in progress.
Mineral resources in Texas. Film titled 'Glimpses of Texas'. Map of Texas. Location of Texas and its size in United States. Natural gas field at panhandle. Map shows areas containing gas and oil reserves. Towers, big machines at crude oil refinery. Oil refinery in Texas manufacturing petroleum products. Cliff side gas and helium field in Texas. Government helium plant. Its office and men going coastal sulfur deposits. Sulfur wells. Sulfur piles. Train at a sulfur plant.
U.S. Naval Task Force of warships bombarding Okinawa in World War 2. Light cruiser USS St. Louis, CL-49, in foreground in the background is the battleship USS Texas, BB-35 shelling Okinawa. Heavy cruiser USS Wichita, CA-45, using signal light communications. Foreground the stern of the USS St. Louis, USS Texas in background. LCI 370 (Landing Craft Infantry) approaches from the right with the USS Texas in the background. On right, the USS St. Louis has turned to port and is shelling Okinawa, a destroyer in the middle, and the USS Texas on left. Close up of the USS St. Louis's stern as she shells Okinawa. Close up of three gun turrent firing. USS Texas in close shelling a hillside Japanese strong point on Okinawa. Shell hits the top of a hill and beach. Explosions due to the shelling. Smoke rises from coastline of Okinawa. Smoke rises from hill on Okinawa and shells hit around base of hill.
Texas' contribution in the World War II worker effort on the home front. Cattle and sheep ranches, dairy farms, rice fields, turkey ranches, oil fields, wheat fields, fruit farms and power plants in Texas. Cranes operating in a ship yard. Women work at shipyard building United States navy ships. Men work on wings in an airplane factory. Oil pumped in an oil well. Rice farmers use tractors to harvest the crop. Magnesium made from rocks and sea water. A man stacks finished magnesium blocks. Dams in Texas. Farmers pick cotton by hand. A man picks cotton by operating a mechanized cotton picker. Farmers harvest a field of sorghum. Helium cylinders seen at the Amarillo Helium Plant. Thick black clouds seen due to burning of carbon black in the manufacturing of synthetic rubber.