Air Sea Rescue operation for U.S. 8th Air Forces B-17 Flying Fortress bomber in European Theater during World War II.
European Theater Date:1945 Duration:6 min 13 sec Sound:Yes
A dramatization detailing ASR (Air Sea Rescue) of U.S. 8th Air Forces crew members in European Theater during World War II. Rescue aircraft P-47 Thunderbolt fighters take off from English airfield. Airborne time is imposed on status board in control room by an officer. Same procedure is followed for PBY Catalina flying boat as it taxis and takes off from runway. Officer over phone notifies ASR. Planes head for their prearranged patrol points. High speed launchers and motorboats of Royal Navy underway. Shows U.S. 8th Air Forces B-17 Flying Fortress going down on water after being hit. Pilot contacts ASR in England and speaks about ditching of B-17. Fixer station located on the English coast. Electronic Position Indicator (EPI) antenna mast used in Bering Sea operations and antenna receiving bearings on B-17. Door sign reads Triangulation Room. Officers in room plot the bearings on B-17 on a circular map. Last position of B-17 is determined by the triangulation process. ASR controller giving out ditching position on radio to crew member of PBY Catalina. PBY Catalina flies low over water. Crew members of B-17 on raft underway. PBY Catalina overhead. PBY lands on water for rescue of B-17 crews. PBY takes off after the crew boards the plane. Rescue operation for another 8th Air Force plane shows a plane descending over water. Parachute descends over water.
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