CO of USAAF 56th Fighter Group briefs P-47 pilots B-17 escort mission to Bremen, Germany, in World War II
Southwold Suffolk England Date:1943 Duration:4 min 38 sec Sound:Yes
Operations of the US Army Air Forces (USAAF) 56th Fighter Group stationed at RAF Halesworth, Southwold, Suffolk, England, during World War 2. A Lieutenant pilot of 56th Fighter Group, writes notes on back of his hamd during briefing by Group Commander about "ramrod" (escort) mission to accompany B-17 bombers to Bremen, Germany. Intelligence officer briefs on enemy flak and fighters, and tells aircrews to watch out for German twin engine rocket planes from below. Weather officer briefs on anticipated conditions. Aircrews synchronize watches. (Narrator remarks about "Ramrod to Emden, suggesting that footage may contain mix of scenes from different missions.) Pilots board jeep ankle deep in mud, piling their chutes on the hood. Jeep stops near a P-47 abd oilot climbs into its cockpit. Propeller seen rotating. P-47C, 41-6271 “Rat Racer” of the 61st Fighter Squadron is seen. Planes taxiing.
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