U.S. Air Force Generals flying aboard B-17s operating from Australia, during World War II
Melbourne Australia Date:1942 Duration:1 min 11 sec Sound:Yes
B-17 flying fortress bomber taxiing on Royal Australian Air Force Base at Laverton, near Melbourne, Australia during World War 2. Several other B-17s are parked in the background. Armorer crews loading bombs aboard B-17s. American Army Air Forces crews boarding B-17s. Closeup of Brigadier General Ralph Royce, Chief of U.S. Air Operations in the South Pacific, as he looks out from copilot's window in a B-17. View out left window in cabin ofthe B-17, on takeoff roll. View of two left engines from pilot's window at low altitude. View of crew members in cabin of B-17. Change of scene to cockpit of B-17 named "The Swoose," in flight, being piloted by Lieutenant General George H. Brett, Commander of all Allied Air Forces in the South Pacific. Closeup of General Brett. Glimpse of navigator charting position at his station. The plane's pilot and aircraft commander, Major Frank Kurtz, is occupying the copilot position and converses with General Brett. Waist gunners preparing for battle in the aircraft. View out gunner's opening.
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