U.S. 7th Army Air Force P-47s first napalm bomb and rocket fire tests conducted during the Pacific campaign in Saipan Island.
Mariana Islands Date:1944 Duration:7 min 24 sec Sound:NO SOUND
A film titled 'Mariana Thunderbolts' shows the Pacific campaign of World War II fought on the Island of Saipan, Mariana Islands. The first 7th AAF (Army Air Forces) P-47s catapulted from naval carriers. The first combat tests of napalm fire bombs by the P-47s. P-47s fire first rockets. A dock area showing the piles of equipment being loaded onto LSTs (Landing Ships, Tank) in Hawaii. A bulldozer being loaded into the LST. A power vehicle used to pull grading equipment also loaded into the LST. The dock area shows huge piles of supplies. Bellows Field in Hawaii shows mechanics working on P-47 aircraft. Landing gears, engines, and all phases of overhaul being done on the P-47s prior to loading them onto aircraft carriers. Mechanics crate aircraft parts and supplies in boxes prior to loading cargo onto the ships. They taxi out the P-47s and line them up for inspection. Several men lying and sitting on the runway facing two long rows of parked P-47s. Inspection officers, Commanding Officer of the U.S. 318th Fighter Squadron Colonel L. M. Sanders and Commanding Officer of the U.S. 19th Fighter Squadron Major Harry McAfee walk through the double row of parked P-47s.
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