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U.S. 801st Medical Air Evacuation Squadron tends wounded evacuated in C-47s from New Georgia Island, in World War II.

Sequence starts at Tontouta Air Base in New Caledonia, on the near left side of runway 2 in the area of the 13th Troop Carrier Squadron ( a.k.a. the Thirsty 13th) with their plane "Lady Eve" on the right. (The 801st Medical Air Evacuation Squadron was assigned to the 13th TCS on January 9, 1943, and remained with it until the end of the war. But they also flew on planes of the 63rd and 64th TCSs, and with the Marines.) Takeoff is on runway 11 at Tontouta Air Base. A pilot and a co-pilot at the controls in the cockpit of a C-47. A navigator at work. C-47s in flight west over New Georgia, 10 miles southeast of Munda, near Eghelo. The plane landing at Munda has no tail number and is probably a U.S. Marine Corps plane. They evacuate wounded soldiers from Munda airstrip on New Georgia Island in the Solomon Islands during World War 2. Doors of the aircraft are opened. An ambulance backs to the door of the aircraft. Litter patients are removed from the ambulance and loaded aboard the C-47.

Date: 1943, September 25
Duration: 3 min 31 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Medical corpsmen of U.S. 801 Medical Air Evacuation Squadron listen to a lecture on anatomy in Tontouta, New Caledonia.

U.S. medical corpsmen in Tontouta, New Caledonia during World War II. Emblem of U.S. 801 Medical Air Evacuation Squadron. A jeep is being driven on a road near army barracks. A class of medical corpsmen listen to a lecture on anatomy. The corpsmen take down notes.

Date: 1943, September 25
Duration: 1 min 22 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Food and rations supplied by New Zealand to U.S. Army Quartermaster South Pacific operations during World War II.

Cooperation between New Zealand and the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps during World War II. A tractor on a farm in New Zealand. A tractor plows the field. The Pukekohe Golf Club, near Wellington, converted from golf to farm to grow crops for the war effort. New Zealand farmers works in the field. Farmers load a truck with sacks of potatoes. Close up view of potatoes on a sorting belt and farmers sort potatoes and bag them. Women workers sort cabbage and package the cabbage for shipment. Men and women farmers picking fruits and vegetables in farm fields. A factory shows apples being moved on a belt driven machine, and peeled and cored by a machine, cut into very small pieces and dehydrated in order to conserve shipping space. Canning operations are shown as the dehydrated fruits and vegetables are packed in moisture proof tins in packing houses. Meat and vegetable are mixed in proportions to prepare Quartermaster combat rations. Combat ration cans being filled and sealed at a factory plant. A machine re-generating chocolate bars from old chocolate by melting them down and reprocessing them. Soldiers unloading cartoons from the truck. Rations from New Zealand are loading on to ships by cranes with nets at large shipyards, with ships bound for the Solomon Islands. A dairy warehouse of the New Zealand Co-op Dairy Company (later Tatua) is seen at an airport near Auckland (Possibly Tatuanui or Pauanui). Milk is loaded into a specifically converted B-24 aircraft at the airport. Soldiers loading the aircraft with milk containers. The B-24 aircraft takes off. The aircraft arrives at the Tontouta Air Base in New Caledonia. A nurse serves milk to a wounded soldier patient in a hospital. Sign over the patient's bed says "Pappy Shooter, 27th Division; Saipan; Oahu, Hawaii". The patient drinks milk. Bread being made in Quartermaster bakery. A group of Army bakers working together to form loaves of bread dough on a large work surface. Workers making bread. A worker opens an oven revealing many loaves of baked bread. Ice slabs being formed at an ice plant, and soldiers picking up ice blocks for use in preserving meats and other foods, and in making ice cream. A soldier making ice cream using an ice cream churn in the field. View of a larger Quartermaster ice cream plant that was setup at a large base.

Date: 1945
Duration: 3 min 59 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Announcer speaks invasion news into the microphone in New Caledonia, Australia and New Caledonia residents react. French dub.

(French dub) An announcer speaks invasion news into the microphone in New Caledonia, Australia. United States and French military personnel and civilians read news of invasion posted to outdoor bulletin board. Person holds up a copy of Yank magazine. Interviewer discusses invasion news with a French soldier and a New Caledonian housewife. Men and women go upstairs in a building. Women talk amongst themselves. Man teaches children outside a school. Girls on the bicycles on the street. Other civilians in discussion on the street. French flag on standard.

Date: 1944, June 6
Duration: 2 min 52 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: French
 
 
U.S. troops and their improvised movie theaters in combat zones during World War II

A U.S. Army Air Forces C-47 airplane carrying movies among its cargo bound from New Caledonia to troops stationed at Bougainville, Solomon Islands, during World War 2. Views inside the airplane cabin, where troops sit alongside the cargo. Glimpse from cockpit of aircraft on final approach to land on the airfield. Troops unloading canisters of movie films from the C-47. (Handing the movie reels out of the C-47 is Russ Laming of the 13th Troop Carrier Squadron, a.k.a the Thirsty 13th.) Army truck carrying mail bags and movie films driving away from the airfield. U.S. soldiers walk to their makeshift movie tent from foxholes and fortified positions. Sign on the tent reads: "Bougainville Roxy, Tonights feature." Movie projector seen inside the tent, as soldiers enter. Views of movie theaters made out of logs and other available materials at various locations in the Pacific theater of operations. They range from simple and rugged to more elaborate, at rear locations, away from the front lines. U.S. servicemen racing to get the best seats in a theater, as the doors open for a movie. Servicemen walking into an open air theater. They are called to attention as the unit commander arrives and takes his seat. View of wounded soldiers recuperating in a hospital,where a movie camera is being set up in the ward. They are tended by a French nurse wearing a "flying nun" hat (possibly North Africa). Servicemen and women being seated in an outdoor theater, and other places, waiting to watch movies. Allied troops join Americans to watch U.S. movies. A theater sign announcing the week's movie program at a Royal New Zealand Air Force post in the jungles. Courier carrying film canister from a jeep into a jungle theater. Soldier mounting the film on projector. U.S. troops watching a movie outdoors, during rain storm.

Date: 1943
Duration: 4 min 12 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
United States 7th Air Force B-25 Mitchell bombers destroy Japanese targets on islands in the Pacific in World War II.

U.S. Army Air Forces operations in Pacific theater during World War 2. Animation shows locations of U.S. 13th Air Force on New Caledonia and U.S. 5th Air Force on Australia. Map shows Hawaii. Main gate at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu. U.S. 7th Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft takes off from Hickam AFB. Animation shows the flight of bombers. Jeeps along a jungle highway. Sign on tree reads 'Ohare Field'. Gun crew clean machine guns. 75 mm canon in nose of a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 being cleaned by ground crew. B-25 takes off from Coral airstrip. B-25s in formation. B-25s in flight firing cannons. B-25s strafing Japanese airfields.

Date: 1943
Duration: 2 min 30 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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