U.S. B-29s operating from Northern Marianas Islands during World War Two
Marianas Islands Date:1945 Duration:2 min 37 sec Sound:NO SOUND
B-29 taking off from Isley Field, Saipan, during World War Two. View of Pilot at controls. View from nose of aircraft as it flies very low over ships in the water. Crew members in flight gear plus mae wests are sweating from tropical heat at low altitude . B-29s moving as they taxi to line up for takeoff. A C-46 flies overhead. Seen are B-29s of Saipan-based 73rd Bomb Wing's 497th Bomb Group (Tail Code "A"), 499th Bomb Group (Tail Code "V") and 500th Bomb Group (Tail Code "Z"). Also seen are aircraft of the 314th Wing, stationed on Guam, including those of 39th Bomb Group (Tail Code "P") as well as B-29s of the Tinian-based 313th Wing's 9th Bomb Group (Tail Code "X") and 6th Bomb Group (Tail Code "R"). Views of the B-29s taking off. Name on one aircraft, "The Rocket," can be seen. B-29 taking off directly over camera. Ground operations and departures being controlled by a controller/dispatcher on radio telephone. Formation of B-29s overhead. Interior of a B-29 in flight, showing gunner relaxing at his position. View of crew inside B-29
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