Admiral Halsey's U.S. Naval Task Force 8 raid against the Marshall Islands, February , 1942. in World War II
Pacific Ocean Date:1942, February Duration:1 min 57 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Task Force 8, on Mission Number VI, the first U.S. offensive naval action of World War 2,against Japanese forces in the Pacific, conducted during January and February, 1942. This film was taken from the heavy cruiser, USS Northhampton, CA-26, of the Task Force en route to attack Japanese positions in the Marshall Islands of Wotje, Taroa and Maloelap. It begins with close-in portside view of the aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise, Admiral Halsey's Flagship, underway, followed by a distant starboard view of the Enterprise. The USS Enterprise, CV-6, is seen preparing to launch air strikes. From time 00:27 to 00:43 the Enterprise's starboard side is shown with the heavy cruiser USS Salt Lake City, CA-25, in the background. Aircraft are launched and SBD Dauntless dive-bombers are forming up over the fleet in several flights of three aircraft.each. The port side of heavy destroyer USS Balch, DD-363, is shown. The starboard side of destroyer USS Dunlap, DD-384, is shown in heavy sea wave swells. Bomber formations fly overhead and a flight of three F4F Wildcat fighters joins in. A TBD Devastator torpedo bomber flies over a Craven Class destroyer as more aircraft form up overhead.
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