Behind the Scenes in World War 2 Volume
With a heavy emphasis on air action,
this is one of the best “Behind the Scenes” editions yet!
The Third Air Force Presents H- Hour
(1944-40-minutes) Recently Discovered Film! The Third Air Force was the largest of
the four U.S. Army Air Forces based in the U.S.A. during World War 2.
Headquartered in Tampa FL, it encompassed the South Eastern United
States with a network of specialized airfields, tasked with training
10s of thousands of pilots & air crew in operating and
maintaining a wide variety of aircraft.
They produced “H-Hour” to show trainees what to expect when they
joined their combat units overseas, using real life examples with different
aircraft performing missions around the world. Very high quality film
Part 1: "Recco
Pilot" Photo Reconnaissance pilots received the most in depth
training in the Air Force. You'll get a good look at a Lockheed F-5
(recon version of the P-38) inside and out and follow the aircraft
and her pilot on a long range mission filming the huge Japanese base at
Rabaul. The film is then unloaded and developed at his airfield,
analyzed by Intelligence and used for identifying targets for a B-24
Part 2: A B-17 Crew
on Mission over Germany. Meet the crew of B-17 “Knockout Dropper”
and follow them on a maximum effort bombing mission to the hit the
ball bearing plant at Ekner, West of Berlin, from their early morning
briefing to “bombs away” over the target.
Part 3: B-25s "On the Deck" in
the South Pacific. In December 1943, B-25s hit Japanese bases and
shipping at Cape Gloucester, New Britain. Flying at very low level
just above the jungle they bomb & strafe the enemy using machine
guns, 75 mm canon and drop “parafrag”parachute bombs. Dramatic
footage shot from within the aircraft.
Part 4: P-47s on a
long range bomber escort mission to Germany. Thunderbolts take on
'109s, '110s, and '190s. Lots of P-47 gun camera film, supplemented
with captured German film showing Luftwaffe fighters scrambling to
Part 5: D-Day, June
6th. Paratroopers land at night in Normandy while B-26
Marauders and A-20Havocs range across Northern France, attacking
troop concentrations, railroads, ammo dumps and fortifications.
Exclusive Bonus! Knockout Dropper Scrapbook Learn more about B-17 Knockout Dropper, featured in "Part 2" of the "The Third Air Force Presents H- Hour", above. She was crowned "The Champ of the ETO," the first 8th Air Force B-17 to fly 50 and then 75 missions. See crew photos, mission maps, 303rd Bomb Group photos & info and pictures from their Airfield at Molesworth, England.
Combat Weekly Digest Highlights
1943-1945 (70 minutes) These films were shot by Army Air Force
Combat Camera Units (AAFCCUs) on all fronts and were shown only to
Allied Armed Forces personnel. Combat Cameramen road along on
missions documenting them as they happened, giving a unique record of
aircraft and crews, much of which you won't see anywhere else.
Excellent quality footage shot over targets too. Highlights include:
* B-25s make intense low level bombing
raids against Rabaul three days in a row. Great shots of crews & aircraft! *B-24s raid Rangoon harbor
and Japanese storage depots near the city * B-25s,
B-26s and P-40 Dive Bombers attack German positions around Monte
Casino *B-24s bomb Wake Island *9th
AF B-26s bomb German heavy guns at Cap de la Hague, Normandy *A-20s strike a key railway bridge at St. Hilaire *B-17s strike a synthetic
oil refinery at Ruhlande *B-17s based in Russia do a three step
shuttle bombing mission hitting an oil refinery in Poland, land in
Italy, bomb railroad yards at Bezier France and then land in England
*B-24s strike Japanese island airfields on Watje in the Marshalls
and & Wole in the Carolines before the islands are taken *
B-25s, P-47 Thunderbolts & Navy TBFs strike Tinian before the
island is seized to base more B-29s across the straight from Saipan
*B-24s from Watje suffer casualties from attacking Japanese Zeros on
the way to bomb Palau, before the island is seized by the Marines *B-17s & B-24s bomb airfields at Bucharest and railroad bridges
near Budapest * The harbor and U-Boat pens at Brest are seized and
40,000 Germans surrender after the most intense Allied bombing of
any city in France * Rare footage of “Operation Dragoon,” the
Allied air and sea invasion of Southern France. Highlights include
parachute drops & glider landings, naval bombardment followed by
amphibious landings and P-38 Lightning fighter/bomber attacks *
B-24s from Guam make the 825 mile trip to Iwo Jima to “soften up”
Japanese fortifications before Marines land. Excellent pre-invasion
overhead shots of Iwo * B-29 Superfortresses from Saipan conduct
long range night raids on Kobe and Nagoya in Japan.
Navy Screen Magazine Highlights 1943-1945 (20:00) A Life Magazine
style film series shown only to Armed Forces personnel. Excellent
quality film footage!
Around the clock with the RAF. Lancaster bomber crews are briefed
and set on their way on to a night mission over Germany. The next
day, RAF Boston attack bombers launch from the sames to hit targets
on the Continent. Exciting footage crossing the channel on the
deck, skimming the beeches ashore and screaming across the French
countryside at tree top level and making precision attacks on their
Back Home in Burbank – Inspiring film showing blind men and women,
accompanied by their guide dogs, performing specialized tasks on the
P-38 Lightning assembly line in Burbank, California.
WASPs American women were trained to perform aircraft maintenance &
become pilots, freeing up men for combat duties. Besides flying
transport planes carrying troops and equipment, their most important
task was ferrying aircraft from U.S. factories to front line units
around the world, including piloting B-17s and B-24s across the
Atlantic to the U.K. Some WASP pilots were proficient in operating
more different models of fighters and bombers than many of their male
counterparts who flew combat missions.
Youth Power – Thousands of high school age boys and girls worked in
aircraft defense plants after school and during summer vacation.
You'll see them performing surprisingly complex tasks assembling
bombers and P-38 fighters.