German fighter planes and antiaircraft battle Allied bombers during Allied invasion of Normandy, France, in World War II
France Date:1944 Duration:1 min 32 sec Sound:Yes
Map shows French coast, English Channel and principal cities of interest, during the Allied invasion in World War 2. German Messerschitt Bf 109 aircraft on a flight line are starting up. Pilots getting buckled into cockpits and ME 109s taxiing for takeoff. Switch to German Focke-Wulf FW 190 aircraft taking off in formation from forward airfield. Contrails seen from high flying aircraft. Formations of American aircraft overhead, are fired at by German antiaircraft gun from hidden position. German antiaircraft batteries in operation. Wreckage of downed Allied aircraft, showing two left engines of a B-17; an A-20 or B-26, in D-day white stripes, with tail number 30148; and a crash-landed B-17 of the USAAF 96th Bombardment Group, 339th Bomb Squadron, with left horizontal stabilizer and elevator shot to pieces. Three surviving crew members stand behind the aircraft as they are approached by two German soldiers who check them for weapons.
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