U.S. Army Air Force pilots fly P-40 airplanes from the USS Ranger, to Casablanca, Morocco, during World War II
Atlantic Ocean Date:1943, February 23 Duration:1 min 27 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. Navy provides aircraft carrier ferry service for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War 2. View of the USS Ranger (CV-4) at sea with sunset and clouds in background. Scene shifts to the ship's company, turned out on deck in dress whites. An accompanying contingent of U.S. marines, is also seen presenting arms. Next. Rear Admiral, Ernest D. McWhorter,Commander Task Force 22, is seen conversing with Captain C. T. Durgin, Captain of the USS Ranger. Scene shifts to flight deck of the Ranger, where deck crews are readying Curtiss P-40L airplanes for flight to the former Vichy French Anfa Airport near Casablance (captured by the Allies in Operation Torch). One P-40 is named "Regina IV." U.S. Army Air Force 57th Fighter Group commander, Colonel Frank H. Mears, shakes hands with a navy officer, from the cockpit of his P-40. He then takes off. More P-40s follow. Closeup of an Army pilot in cockpit of a P-40, giving a thumbs up. P-40s forming up in flight overhead. Navy officers and sailors watch the departing P-40s and give thumbs up for approval. P-40s buzz the carrier as they depart for Casablanca, Morocco.
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