United States 1st Marine Division troops bomb Peleliu Island, Palau.
Peleliu Palau Islands Date:1944, October 9 Duration:3 min 53 sec Sound:NO SOUND
U.S. 1st Marine Division operations on Peleliu, during World War 2. U.S. F4U Corsair aircraft, flying low and slow, with gear down, drop napalm bombs on Japanese troops dug in on a ridge. Huge explosions seen. A C-47 transport airplane taxis on airfield. F4U Corsairs are seen parked and tents are pitched nearby.Several C-47s are parked on a ramp. Three F4Us taxi past them headed to the runway. F4Us take off and one is seen bombing Japanese positions on the ridge. Slate notes 1st Marine Division and D+24. Major General William Henry Rupertus,kneels on one knee, in sand, as another officer (shirtless) briefs him. They briefly discuss tactics and then walk away. Marine rifleman firing into burning wreckage of a Japanese position. Marine firing grenade from his rifle.
Two Marines stand on beach with LVT (landing vehicle tracked) on the sand, nearby. They point at large ship offshore. Views of the Peleliu beachhead, with numerous ships and landing craft beached, including the second USS Seaward (LST 278) that collided with LST-129 and suffered considerable damage, On October 2, 1944. (LST-129 may be the LST seen next to LST-278.)
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