Flight crew of USAAF 323rd Bomb Group stages scenes in their B-26 aircraft, during World War II
France Date:1945, April 29 Duration:2 min 34 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Staged views from inside a Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft of the USAAF 323rd bombardment Group, at Denain-Prouvy Airdrome, France, in World War 2. Pilot and copilot settle into their respective seats in the cockpit. The pilot hangs a pair of white baby shoes from tubing (vacuum or hydraulic line?) crossing the cockpit windshield. He pats the shoes. View of pilot's hand advancing both engine throttles.Then view of copilot's hand adjusting throttles and mixtures. View of waist gunner peering out of B-26 and maneuvering his machine gun in various directions. A B-26 (with white tail of the 323rd Bomb Group) parked with both engines running. The engines shut down and its 4-bladed props stop. Views of pilot's and copilot's hands maneuvering the yokes in the cockpit. Crew member assists pilot as he dons a flak jacket (Flyers Vest M1). He then dons a flying helmet, and taps his good-luck baby shoes again. Copilot maneuvers control yoke as they converse using their throat microphones.
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