The U.S. Navy attacks Wake Island during World War II. A United States Navy (USN) aircraft in flight. USN aircraft parked at an airfield. Crew at work. A tug tows a USN aircraft. The crew carries bombs in a small elevator. A naval ship underway in the Pacific Ocean. Bombers in flight. Aerial view of ships underway. The aircraft in formation flight. A map of the Pacific Ocean. The aircraft in flight above the clouds. The bomber aircraft carry out low level bombing attacks on Wake Island. A Japanese ship is set on fire. United States Navy F6F Hellcat fighter aircraft drop bombs. Another Hellcat aircraft drops bombs. A F6F Hellcat aircraft lands safely at an airfield. Men at the airfield. Smoke rises due to bombardment. Smoking Wake Island. The aircraft in flight. Barrels of guns in the foreground.
Surrender of Japanese Imperial forces leads to end of World War II. Wake Island on map. Formal Surrender of Japanese garrison on island. Marine officers at Wake Island. Flag raising ceremonies and wreckage of planes on islands. Officers present include USMC General Sanderson, Commander Cross, Commander Masek, Lieutenant Colonel Roberson, and Commander Walter Bayler (who had been the last American to leave Wake Island before its takeover by Japanese forces in December 1941).
People gathered by their radios listening to President Roosevelt. An Allied International Conference in Cairo, Egypt during World War II. Excerpts from U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Christmas message of 1943 are heard. Vyacheslav Molotov, Anthony Eden and Hull at the fourth Moscow Conference. A pyramid in Egypt. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek discuss plans for the prosecution of the Normandy Invasion at the Cairo Conference. Other dignitaries stand behind them. An animated map of the world. A sign reads 'The Tanaka Memorial'. Attack on Japan by U.S. soldiers. Guns are fired. U.S. soldiers and sailors attack an island in Japan. A flag of the United States. U.S. soldiers fire at a Japanese boat. Smoke due to explosion. A U.S. ship underway at the Pacific Ocean. Soldiers get down from a boat at an the island. Soldiers walk with guns on their back. U.S. planes in flight and drop bombs on the island. U.S. soldiers fire a field gun. Soldiers on a deck. U.S. planes in flight. U.S. General Marshall with Allied officers. He visits U.S. General Douglas MacArthur and U.S. Admiral Chester Nimitz in the Pacific.
Battle of Wake Island and Santa Cruz Island in Pacific Theater during World War 2. United States sailors on board the USS Minneapolis (CA-36). One of the sailors drinks from a glass and another one scans the sky during shelling of Wake island. 5 inch-38 caliber multipurpose guns trained skyward. Curtiss Scout observation plane (SOC Sea gull) warms up on catapult. Gun crew with helmets and masks, man their guns. Explosions occur from shelling of Wake Island. A ship strafed by aircraft. Smoke rises as shells drop in the sea. Turrets of guns trained to starboard as officer stands on a bridge. Wake Island being shelled and antiaircraft flak seen in sky. U.S. heavy cruiser fires. Guns firing from turrets aboard the USS Minneapolis as officers stand in the foreground. Antiaircraft guns firing.
General Douglas MacArthur (Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in the Southwest Pacific Area) steps from a B-17 bomber at the airfield on Goodenough Island, New Guinea, during World War 2. He converses with Lieutenant General Walter Kreuger, Commander of the Sixth United States Army in the South West Pacific Area. Next they are seen sitting in a spruced up patrol boat underway in waters not far from the island (seen in background). A line of Landing Vehicles Tracked (LVT-1s) filled with soldiers, is seen moving across a field. On continues past an audience of sailors and soldiers, and enters the waters off the island. It continues, kicking up a wake as it moves through the water. A line of LVT-1s filled with troops, waits to also enter the water.
Island structure of USS Constellation CVA-64, as a helicopter takes off from the flight dock in Southwest Pacific. Front of the island over the side of ship. Several men on the Sponson deck, practice refueling drill. Three of the crew members on the edge of the Sponson deck. Man practices refueling drill. Flight deck of the aircraft is empty. View around the bow of the constellation. Sea trial personnel on the bridge of the ship. Men look over the forward part of the flight dock. Overlooking the starboard side of the ship to the wake as a starboard turn is made. Carrier tilts to one side during the turn. Overlooking the starboard forward part of the flight deck. Overlooking the forward part of the flight from the island structure.