The USS Lexington entering World War II in the Pacific Theater and unrelated scenes of aircraft carrier warfare
Pacific Theater Date:1942, February Duration:3 min 51 sec Sound:Yes
A newsreel compilation of several unrelated shots. A P-40 of the 57th Fighter Group takes off from deck of the USS Ranger (CV-4). In an unrelated shot, a view looking back past tail of an aircraft after takeoff, with the USS Enterprise behind. A Douglas Dauntless airplane takes off from a Yorktown class carrier. View back past its tail in a pre-war shot as an airplane leaves the Lexington behind. On Feb. 20, 1942, during World War 2, while en route to attack Rabaul,in New Guinea, the Lexington is attacked by eighteen Japanese planes. She shoots down several of them. Machine gunners firing. Bombs bursting in water near the ship. An F4F with collapsed landing gear near edge of flight deck. Black smoke rising from burning Japanese plane in water. Sky blackened with flak. Machine gun tracer bullets visible. Inserted scenes show the stern of a British carrier, and views of a bombing attack in the Mediterranean against a British Illustrious class carrier. Another inserted scene shows a lone sailor running the length of the flight deck on the USS Enterprise in the Battle of Santa Cruz. A Japanese airplane bursts into flames. Another is struck and dives trailing smoke.( An inserted view of U.S. Douglas TBD Devastators peeling off and launching torpedoes.) Douglas Dauntless aircraft recovering back on the Lexington. Flight deck full of aircraft as the Lexington makes way in the Pacific. Animated segment showing numerous drawings of aircraft carriers and airplanes headed toward Japan. (Inserted view of Four U.S. aircraft carriers, USS Lexington, USS Ranger, USS Yorktown, and USS Enterprise seen together in prewar maneuvers.)
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