U.S. Army Air Forces B-17s on Midway island after Japanese fleet is sighted during World War II.
Midway Island Date:1942 Duration:2 min 21 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. patrol plane from Midway Island sights a Japanese fleet during World War 2. One of a newly arrived B-17E bombers parked on ramp at Henderson Field, Midway Island. Group of U.S. airmen discussing plans. Several B-17s seen, including one in sand-bagged revetment. Ground and aircrews prepare B-17Es for a mission. Views of a B-17 crew member's family back home. His father, a railroad engineer poses in front of his Ironton Railroad steam locomotive in Pennsylvania, United States. His mother sits, knitting and his sister is seen speaking on the telephone. B-17E number, 41-2437, taxiing, unusually, using numbers 2 and 4 engines. B-17Es taking off on a Battle of Midway mission, including aircraft numbers: 41-2524, 41-2611( of the 31st Bomb Squadron, 5th Bomb Group), 41-2532, 41-2437(of the 98th Bomb Squadron, 11th Bomb Group). Tail of parked B-17E number 41-2648 clearly seen in one scene.
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