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.
U.S. Navy aircraft carriers in the Pacific Ocean during the Battle for the Marshall Islands in World War 2. A tractor towing a U.S. Navy fighter aircraft F6F Hellcat with wings folded, along carrier flight deck.. Two ordnance men pushing cart with a 500 pound bomb, along the deck. At dawn U.S. Navy SBD Dauntless aircraft take off in semidarkness. Fire from their engine exhausts visible. Clouds of smoke rising and a large explosion occurs as Japanese aircraft attack U.S. ships.. A gun crew at an anti aircraft gun on the deck. Japanese aircraft flying overhead, in flames. U.S. sailors firing at Japanese aircraft in flight. Another Japanese aircraft shot down by carrier's antiaircraft fire. It crashes into the sea. A large explosion occurs in the water. A Japanese aircraft in low flight drops a torpedoe. A Japanese aircraft is shot down. Another Japanese aircraft is shot down and crashes in carrier's wake. SBDs and F6F aircraft parked on the deck of the carrier.