P-51s from Iwo Jima escort B-29s from Marianas Islands on bombing mission against Japan in Second World War
Marianas Islands Date:1945 Duration:4 min 4 sec Sound:NO SOUND
U.S. Army Air Force VII Fighter Command P-51s operating bomber escort missions from Iwo Jima, in World War II. Aerial views of Iwo Jima and airfield. A military cemetery. Several dump trucks working on ground improvements. View of Army camp. Long line of parked P-51s. Three officers looking at chart depicting B-29 mission paths from Marianas Islands to Japan and back. P-51 starting engines. Name on one aircraft is 'The Deacon'. Aircraft pulls out of parking area, second one follows. Formation of B-29s, including some from Saipan-based 73rd Bomb Wing, 499th Bomb Group (Tail Code "V"). Views of interior of a B-29 with crew members at their duty stations. P-51 fighter escorts join up with the bombers. View of escorting fighters from inside B-29 looking through gunners bubble. Formation begins to encounter Japanese Flak. P-51s peel off and are seen maneuvering near the B-29s. Views of gunner rotating turret on a bomber.
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