U.S. Army Air Force P-47 aircraft take off from USS Manila Bay, underway off the coast of Saipan, during World War II.
Pacific Ocean Date:1944, June 23 Duration:6 min 3 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Pacific campaign of World War II in Mariana Islands. Major John Hussey, Commanding Officer of the Army Air Force 73rd Fighter Squadron, 318th Fighter Group briefs his pilots before take off from the Escort Carrier, USS Manila Bay (CVE-61), for their flight to Aslito Field (Isley Field) Saipan. Pilots standing or in kneeling position grouped around the Major as he conducts briefing. Two mechanics as they haul a belly tank out and attach it to the underside of P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft. Naval and Air Force men prepare the planes for take off. Pilots grouped around, talking and smiling. Lt. Joseph J. DeVona stands on wing of his P47D # 31 "Empire Express" while maintenance personnel work on ammunition located in wing. Signal operator for the carrier signaling a P-47 to pull out in position for catapulting. Navy starter gives signal to the pilot for take off. P-47 is moved up into position on catapult, catapult attached to underside of P-47, and plane is readied for catapulting. Navy personnel as they give the various hand signals concerning the movement of plane to fit it into the right position for take off from carrier. Starter as he signals to the pilot and plane is catapulted from the carrier. Lt. Alford Babcock is seen in the cockpit of his P-47 named: "My Baby" as it is catapulted from the carrier. Several other P-47s are seen being catapulted from the Manila Bay. Several flights of P-47s are seen and a large formation of 12 P-47s in flight over water.
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