On the joint force assault by the American Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force against the Japanese on the island of Saipan, Guam and Tinian in the Mariana islands. A map of the Mariana Island in the Pacific, occupied by the Japanese forces. Map of the Guadalcanal. U.S. troops advance in jungles, reach ashore in inflated boats and land on beachheads. Grim faced soldiers marching in the Marshall Islands. Map shows advancement of U.S. forces in Japanese occupied areas. Map shows location of the Marianas Island. U.S. troops aboard landing crafts reach ashore. Face of commander as he yells to comrades. Scenes of battle between the American and the Japanese forces. Landing ship tanks (LST) advance on beach head. Sounds of heavy artillery shelling. U.S. troops advance on beach under heavy enemy fire. Joint Assault Force attacks the island of Guam. Guam is finally reclaimed by the U.S. forces. The U.S. flag is planted on Guam.
Camera pans across North airfield on Guam, Mariana Islands, in World War 2. Next a large group of Airmen are seen standing around a shiny B-29 bomber parked on the ramp. It has "K333" stenciled on left side of its forward fuselage. Its tail number is 42-224802. (This B-29 is named "Purple Shaft," but that is not stenciled on its left side.) The airmen walk around and examine it. Next, The aircraft commander, Lieutenant Warren Richard Aylsworth is seen speaking with a Captain, as they stand next to the plane. Others join in the conversation. (Note: The plane is scheduled to fly to Tinian this night, the 20th, but will land at Saipan, instead, because runway lights were not yet operational on Tinian. The "Purple Shaft" will be the first B-29 to arrive at Tinian, the following day, December 21, 1944.)
Bombardment on the island of Tinian in the Mariana Islands during World War II. Tinian island under bombardment. A fleet fires at the island. Auxiliary ships and other ships at sea. Sailors load ammunition. Men carry powder guns.
USAAF pilots of the 318th Fighter Group, during Pacific campaign of World War 2 on the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands. Pilots going into meeting room for debriefing after their mission against Japanese targets on Tinian Island. Pilots briefing Intelligence officer, checking over target map, pointing out objects hit on Tinian Island. Two pilots playing chess. Pilot lying on sack, reading comic book.
USS Yorktown CV-10 in the Pacific Theater during the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The carrier advances towards the Mariana Islands. On the eve of battle, soldiers scrub up to lessen the danger of infection in case they're wounded. Sailors clean up, bathe and rest. Priests conduct services aboard the ship. Sailors take communion and pray. Crewmen read and sleep on their bunks. The carrier underway at dusk. Cooks and bakers prepare a hearty meal of stakes and eggs. Officers take their meal at a table. The alarm goes off to warn of an enemy attack. Sailors rush to their battle stations. Bombardment by Japanese torpedo bomber planes. Fire due to explosions around the ships. Black smoke rises up into the air. Anti aircraft fire from the U.S. ships, planes are hit and descend towards the water. The alarm sounds, pilots rush and board planes and take off. The Radio Plotting Room in charge Smokey and other operators tracks down enemy planes. A map depicts Japanese air bases and military installations in the Mariana Islands, including the Japanese fortified Guam. Radio operators at work. U.S. planes in flight. They swoop down upon Tinian Island and bomb enemy installations. Explosions due to bombardment. Shore installations and air bases bombed. Craters on the island. The U.S. Assault Force battleships including USS Colorado, USS Tennessee and USS Pennsylvania advance. Explosions due to enemy fire.
Battle of the Pacific during World War 2, fought on the island of Tinian, Mariana Islands. P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft, of the 318th Fighter Group, drop the Napalm on the island. Smoke billowing up from Napalm explosions on island. P-47 dive bombing enemy positions on island. Tracers being fired to and from P-47s. Smoke rising from explosions in jungle. P-47 strafing buildings near the shoreline. Heavy antiaircraft and ground fire at the planes as they dive. P-47, number 42-75304 of the 333rd Fighter Squadron, is seen closeup.