General Henry (Hap) Arnold reports to the nation on status of U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II
United States USA Date:1943 Duration:4 min 26 sec Sound:Yes
General Henry H. Arnold, Commander of the U.S. Army Air Forces, seated in front of world map, reports that since start of World War 2, the U.S. Air Force has gone from number 7, to number 1, in the world. Defense plant workers are shown walking near their place of work. A college football game shown in progress. Individual young men who left civilian life to became pilots, bombardiers, radio technicians, and gunners, in the Air Forces. A commercial DC-3 aircraft taxing to park at an airport. Shown are people who make the Air Forces possible, including many men and women workers at factories and manufacturing plants making aircraft and parts for the World War 2 effort: Steel workers, a woman working on a plane fuselage, actor James Stewart (in uniform), a welder at work, a typist, a machinist using a caliper, and an older couple at home, who forgoe driving their private car, shown covered in their garage. The flaming wreckage of U.S. aircraft at Hickam Field, on December 7, 1941. Large formation of German Heinkel He-111 bombers in flight. Formation of Japanese Mitsubishi G3M (Nell) bombers. U.S. P-40 pursuit planes taxiing out from parking places. Assembly line in U.S. aircraft manufacturing plant. U.S. Army Air Forces B-17 Flying Fortress planes on assembly lines. Workmen work on engines and aircraft fuselages. At the Douglas plant U.S. Army Air Forces B-26 Marauder bombers being assembled. Workmen inserting machine guns into a wing.
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