U.S. B-29s bombing Japan from Marianas Bases during Second World War
Marianas Islands Date:1945 Duration:5 min 34 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Numerous B-29 bombers operating against Japanese targets from Northern Marianas bases during World War II in the Pacific. Bombers are seen from following units: Guam-based 314th Bomb Wing, 39th Bomb Group (Tail Code "P"), 29th Bomb Group (Tail Code "O") and 330th Bomb Group (Tail Code "K"); Tinian-based 313th Bomb Wing, 6th Bomb Group (Tail Code"R"); Saipan-based 73rd Bomb Wing, 497th Bomb Group (Tail Code "A"). Aircraft of these units are all seen taking off on missions. View in cockpit of a B-29 taking off. Pilot calls for and signals "gear up" to copilot. View from nose of the aircraft as it flies low over some ships. On airfield, a ground controller/dispatcher is seen on radio telephone. View aboard a B-29, during mission, as bombardier signals that he has control of the B-29. Large clusters of incendiary bombs dropping from B-29s. Huge clouds of smoke rise and obscure the scene after the strikes. B-29s returning to land after the mission. View from nose as a B-29 touches down and taxis on active runway. Crew members discussing mission in front of parked B-29. Final scene is of formation of B-29s from Saipan-based 73rd Bomb Wing, 499th Bomb Group (Tail Code "T").
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