U.S. Army Air Forces begin operations on Saipan after its capture from the Japanese during World War 2. Japanese Zero fighter planes parked in a jumble on Saipan, after its capture by American forces in 1944. American soldiers are seen walking about and U.S. Army engineers are repairing the field for use. The first American P-47 to arrive, after Saipan is secured, lands on the airfield. Its pilot, Major Henry E. McAfee, Commander of the 19th Fighter Squadron, 318th Fighter Group, poses by his P-47 named "Jeanie." At another area of Saipan, U.S. Marines administer medical aid, including blood plasma, to a wounded comrade. A P-61 of the 6th Night Fighter Squadron lands on the field. Aerial views of Saipan, showing destroyed structures and buildings.
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