Public demonstration of "fire bomb" and its use supporting U.S. Marines in the Battle of Peleliu in World War II
United States USA Date:1944 Duration:1 min 32 sec Sound:Yes
A U.S. Navy F6F Hellcat airplane is seen parked on a ramp, with a bomb slung under its fuselage. The narrator identifies it as a "fire bomb," containing jellied gasoline. Scene shifts to an F6F dropping one from several thousand feet, in a demonstration. The bomb creates a swath of fire along the ground, in the direction of flight. A flight of two F6Fs repeat the demonstration, dropping their bombs simultaneously, from a formation. Another drops a bomb on a pier at a waterfront. View to the rear from an airplane that just dropped a bomb in a wooded area. Views of actual U.S. 1st Marine Division operations on Peleliu, Palau Islands, during World War 2, showing F4U Corsair aircraft, flying low and slow, with gear down, dropping napalm bombs on Japanese troops dug in on a ridge. View of smoke rising from bomb strikes at targets near a river.
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