U.S. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters during Mariana campaign of World War 2. Depicts some crashes and battle damage to aircraft on Aslito Airfield (Isley Field) Saipan in Mariana Islands. Opening scene shows P-47D number 43-25324 "Bouncin Bette" of the 19th Fighter Squadron, 318th Fighter Group, with severe battle damage from a Japanese 40mm Flak round. This plane was damaged on a raid over Pagan Islands. Mechanics checking over the plane and removing a damaged wing section from it. View across island showing huge crater at a crash site. Huge crowd of U.S. military personnel kept well back from the scene, in the background. Stretcher bearers running out and placing the dead pilot onto the stretcher. Scattered plane and a piece of engineering equipment which the plane crashed into showing the remains of both plane and the engineering equipment. Firemen fighting the fire on burning U.S. Navy FM-2 WIldcat aircraft. that crashed. Several men throwing dirt with shovels onto the burning remains of the plane. Men attending memorial services for lost pilots. Two P-47s buzzing the airfield. P-61 aircraft engines turning over as P-47s making landing. P-61 taking off at dusk. Aerial formation of P-47s buzzing the field at dusk. Aerial formation of four P-47s.
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