U.S. P-47 and P-38 airplanes take off. Mid-air collision of A-25s. German aircraft downed. World War II
Saint Mere Eglise France Date:1944 Duration:3 min 18 sec Sound:NO SOUND
American troops in France soon after the Invasion of Europe by Allied forces in World War 2. An airstrip built by the U.S. troops at St. Mere Eglise near the coast. U.S. P-47 Thunderbolt fighter taxis on the strip. Soldiers bring 500 lb bomb on jeep. They fix the bomb under the plane wing. Two P-47s raise dust as they taxi and take off laden with the heavy bombs. A P-38 Lightning fighter taxis and takes off. The planes fly over hills. Footage switches to black and white, and various aircraft crash and combat scenes are shown. In Spokane Washington at an air show demonstration, a formation of three A-25 aircraft is seen and then two of the A-25s collide in mid-air and breakup. One A-25 impacts and explodes and another crashes and explodes. Fire and smoke at the crash site. Scene transitions to a variety of highly dramatic gun camera footage shots from World War 2. German railroad train is strafed. German planes are hit and downed by American aircraft, as captured by automatic combat cameras on the aircraft. Various German aircraft exploding, in flames and falling to the ground, with some heading straight for Allied aircraft before being shot out of the sky.
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