Opening slate gives date as September 20, 1943. Scenes show devastation wrought by Allied bombing of the Japanese airfield at Lae, New Guinea. Most views are from the ground, as Allies occupy the field. Numerous Japanese aircraft are destroyed along with all the buildings and facilities. Next, is shown the view from inside a B-25 bomber, on September 27, 1943, as it flies in a 100 aircraft bombing mission to attack coastal facilities, ships, and airfields in the Wewak area, including the main air base at Wewak and its satellite fields at Boram, Dagua and But. Several B-25s are seen ahead in formation. View of the coastal area below as the camera plane (B-25) comes under fire by Japanese anti-aircraft guns. A pall of smoke hangs over the Wewak area from bombing by B-24s earlier. view from cockpit as the B-25 makes very low strafing and bombing attack against the Japanese satellite airbase at Boram. Another B-25 seen as it flies close to the ground. View to the rear shows small parachutes being released by the B-25, carrying single 100-lb fragmentation bombs and 23-pounders in clusters of three. The fragmentation bombs explode amongst palm trees sheltering Japanese aircraft. view out the back of the camera B-25 shows it continuing to fly, just over the tree tops, at very low altitude. Next, several B-25s are seen rejoined up in formation, ahead. Scene shifts to view from high altitude of bombs striking in the Wewak waterfront area. View from below of three B-25s in formation. Then view from cockpit of a B-25 flying low over the water strafing a ship. (Narrator says they dive low to skip-bomb a ship trying to escape.) Various views of the high hills at the waterfront. View from B-25 strafing Japanese aircraft on the ground at Dagua and Boram airfields. several B-25s in formation headed home.
August 1943: Animated map depicts Allied ground advances, 5th AAF air fleet stations, Japanese opposition base at Rabaul as well as Japanese positions and network in Papua New Guinea. Map depicting strategic Japanese positions of Wewak and Boram. 5th AAF soldiers decide to raid the two posts. 17 August 1943: USAAF B-25 Mitchell bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters attack the Japanese post of Wewak. Heavy bombardment by the American bombers. Smoke and explosion from the bombardment. Aerial view of the Japanese airplanes parked on the airstrip. 20 August 1943: USAAF B-24 Liberatoor bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters attack the Japanese position at Boram. Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service Mitsubishi Zeros attack the B-24s, P-38s intervene. Bombs dropped on the target. Smoke and explosion from the bombardment.
1943: Animated map depicts Japanese advancement and footholds of Allied troops in Papua New Guinea. Australian 6th Division troops advance through thick jungles towards Salamaua. Soldiers route for enemies in the jungle and fire guns and artillery. Machine gun nests in the jungle. An injured soldier waits to be evacuated. The natives carry soldiers on stretchers. An Australian soldier help a wounded comrade across a river. The Australian troops are relieved by U.S. troops. USAAF B-26 Marauder at a supply depot in Kela village. Native carriers wait for supplies to be dropped from airplanes. 14 August 1943: 5th AAF bombs and strafes targets in the Wewak and Salamaua areas. USAAF B-24 Liberator drops bombs over target areas. Smoke and explosions due to the bombardment.
U.S. P-38 Lightning and heavy bomber aircraft in flight approaching the Wewak airfield. Close-up aerial views of P-38s and B-25 Mitchell aircraft. Aircraft attacking Japanese Fourth Air Army targets. Several B-24 liberators, B-25 bombers and P-38 lightning aircraft flying over the airfield. Aircraft rolling, circling and flying low over airfield and dropping bombs. A B-24 Liberator on its side in a pond. Appears to have crashed off edge of Allied airfield on returning from Wewak raid.
The Allied campaign across New Guinea and onward to the Philippines during World War 2. U.S. warships firing their guns at night. Flashes illuminate the blackness. Bombs dropping from an aircraft bomb bay. Bombs exploding on stretch of jungle near water. A U.S. Army Air Forces B-26 bomber in flight View rearward from very low flying USAAF bomber as it bombs it drops explode behind. U.S. troops making amphibious assault on New Guinea. Map showing path of Allied attacks from Australia, across New Guinea from Port Moresby to Buna and on to the Admiralty Islands, cutting off Japanese-held Rabaul, New Britain. Map shows Allied forces moving towards Japanese strongholds at Wewak and along the North shore of New Guinea and bypassing Wewak to strike at Hollandia. General Douglas MacArthur is seen aboard a U.S. warship conferring with American and Philippine officers. Annimated map shows Allied assaults on Japanese positions along the coast from Hollandia, to Warde, Biak, and beyond, stepping along towards the Philippines. Views of numerous fallen Japanese soldiers numbering more than 150 thousand dead. Crosses in battlefield cemetery at graves of some of the more than 13 thousand Allied military who lost their lives during the campaign. A soldier paying respects at one of the gravesites. Admiral Chester Nimitz with members of his staff at his headquarters in Hawaii. U.S. Navy F4F aircraft launching from an American aircraft carrier. American aircraft bombing Japanese positions on an atoll. U.S. warships bombarding Japanese positions with their heavy guns. Admiral Nimitz standing with Admiral William Halsey. More Navy gunfire and amphibious assault scenes. Map showing places where Allied forces had to battle the Japanese, including, Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands, Kwajalein, in the Marshals, Saipan, and Guam in the Marianas, and Palau to complete the "bridging" of the Pacific to the doorstep of the Philippines.
U.S. Army Air Forces operations in New Guinea Island during World War 2. Animated map highlights New Guinea and shows limit of Japanese defenses. U.S. troops board U.S. Army Air Forces C-47 Skytrain transport plane. Formation of C-47s in sky. C-47 lands. Troops getting off the C-47 and running for cover. Australian troops getting equipment moving armament. Wounded soldier being placed aboard C-47. U.S. Army Air Forces C-56 Loadstar buzzing airfield. American troops making a runway. U.S. Army Air Forces P-38 Lightening fighter aircraft takes off. Shutter of a B-25 Mitchell bomber aircraft. Bombs exploding on Japanese targets. B-25s bomb Japanese ships. B-25s strafing Japanese planes on ground. Parafrog bombs being dropped by B-25s. Shells exploding. U.S. Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator bombers in flight. View at Wewak Island. B-17 Flying Fortress bombers and P-38s in flight.