Allied bombing campaign against Germany and Luftwaffe defenses during World War II
Germany Date:1944 Duration:3 min 53 sec Sound:Yes
German M-Class mine sweeper plying waters off France in World War 2. It is armed with quad-mounted 2 cm Flak 38 AA guns (2 cm Flakvierling 38). Sailors look up at contrails from high flying Allied aircraft. Officer sights aircraft overhead and hurries to report it. He records his observation in a log. Radio operator transmits information over wireless telephone by telegraph key. A mass of contrails from Allied aircraft is seen in the sky. Scene shifts to a German airfield in France, where Focke-Wulf FW-190 fighters are lined up. Ground crewman shows motion picture gun camera for an airplane. Men push a Messerschmitt Bf 104 out of a hangar. Closeup of German pilots strapping into Me-104s and taxiing for takeoff. FW-190s and Me-109s taking off from airfield. German civilians entering a Flak tower for refuge as a bomb shelter. View from inside as doors close. Trams stopped on street. Hospital staff moving patients to bunkers (bomb shelters). Massive contrails from Allied bombers. View inside a German command post, where women plot positions of attacking planes on large maps. Flight of Me-109s in formation. Gun camera showing A U.S. B-17 bomber being shot from rear at with its wing on fire and explosion in its tail. Glimpse of headon attack against B-17. Two Messerschmitt Bf 110 aircraft in flight. A lone U.S. B-24 Liberator bomber under attack. A B-17 with piece of wind missing and horizontal stabilizer shot away. B-17 bomber formation under attack from the rear. View of pilot and instruments inside German fighter plane. B-17 being shot to pieces in frontal attack. More attacks on formations of B-17s. German women in command post recording combat information on displays. Parachutes of American B-17 crew in sky. Captured U.S. fliers being escorted under guard, and one, with head bandaged, being questioned by German officers (English conversation is heard.) The flier says he is fine They ask another flier if he is wounded. He says only a twisted ankle. Temporary graves of dead American fliers, with wooden crosses and names on them.
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