Zeno's World War II Bomber Collection - 15 DVDs!
You'll receive fifteen professionally produced, full screen home DVDs, with up to seven
World War 2 aviation films per DVD. Disk titles are: A-20/A-26, B-17, Flying the B-24, B-25,
B-26, B-29 (Volumes 1 & 2), US Navy Bombers, US Bombers Go to War,
Target For Today, Target for Tonight, Combat America, Memphis Belle, B-24 Liberators Go to War,
and Operation Titanic. The DVDs also include more than 14
detailed pilot's manuals for the featured aircraft, with flight
instructions, performance charts, systems diagrams, photographs &
much more. And, unlike other historic film publishers, we have
digitally restored many of our videos. Pilot's manuals are
in Adobe Acrobat file format and are viewable on any computer
equipped with a DVD player.
Boeing B-17 DVD Five films & Pilot's Manual
* How to
Fly the Boeing B-17 in four parts (1943, B&W) Amazingly durable
and bristling with guns, the B-17 led the charge over Europe. Four
very detailed & well produced films presented in an easy going
pilot-to-pilot format. These are the complete original films -- not
1: Ground Operations (34:00) Veteran actor Arthur Kennedy ("Lawrence
of Arabia") takes a rookie pilot through a complete preflight
check, including exterior, interior and instruments. Your guided step
by step through the complete procedure, including engine stat up and
* Part 2
Flight Operations( 29:00) Part 2 takes up where Part 1 left off with
takeoff, flight characteristics and landing. An entertaining
animation shows the importance of proper attitude in the B-17 during
takeoff, and once again, you'll see a hands on demonstration of the
proper use of all instruments during the flight.
3: Emergency Operations (25:00)This films literally a "hot
stove" session where veteran pilots give hands on advice on how
to overcome some of their most challenging B-17 emergency situations.
You'll learn how to handle dangerous situations like in flight engine
fires, CG induced flight instability, stalls, emergency Takeoffs &
landings and more.
4: The Induction system (23:00) Your admiration for the knowledge and
skill of Fortress pilots will soar when you learn all about how to
manage the B-17s complex and temperamental Turbo Supercharger system!
Animations provide a detailed, yet easy to understand, explanations
of the proper operation of the interdependent elements of the big
Fort's high altitude breathing system. A gear heads delight!
25 Hour Inspection (28:00.1943, B&W ) This fascinating film is
told from a B-17 crew chief's perspective. You'll literally get under
the skin of the mighty Fortress as skilled mechanics perform
comprehensive 25 hour maintenance and check out of everything from
flight control system cables to oil filters and turret operation.
Boeing B-17 pilot's manual with photos, systems diagrams, performance
charts, flight procedures & more. "You don't really know the
inside workings of the Boeing B-17 until you've been through this
comprehensive handbook. They reference it many times during the B-17
training films. One of my favorites," -- Zeno
Memphis Belle DVD -- Three Flims & B-17 Mechanic's Manual
Memphis Belle (1944, Technicolor, 43:00) The film chronicles the 25th
mission of the Boeing B-17 Memphis Belle, flying deep into Germany to
strike the all important U-boat submarine pens at Wilhemshaven. This
is the original wartime documentary, written and directed by
legendary Academy Award winner William Wyler. If this film looks mad
sounds familiar, it's because this is the same production crew that
brought you another wonderful classic, "Thunderbolt!."
(Don't confuse this "original" Memphis Belle with the well
intentioned but flawed Hollywood fluff piece produced in the 1990s.)
You'll see Capt Robert Morgan and the men of the B-17 "Memphis
Belle," 324th Squadron, 91st BG, going about their deadly
business in rare Technicolor footage. The mission shown in the film
is both routine and climactic, because 25 missions completed meant
the crew could rotate out of combat. (Too many never made it to 25
missions. Bomber losses were high.) It's a measure of both the times
and the men who flew these planes that several of the Belle's crew
signed on for more missions, finishing the War flying B-29s against
Japan. See them in Target Tokyo.
25 Hour Inspection "The Crew Chief" (Produced by Army Air
Force -- 1943, B&W, 44:00) This is
another fascinating B-17 maintenance film, aimed at the B-17 crew
chief. Although it covers the same general procedures as the Boeing
produced film, the film is twice as long and goes into significantly
more detail. And not surprisingly , this Army Air Force film covers
some different ground than the Boeing film, and vice versa. Taken
together with the "B-17F E&M Mechanic's Instructions Manual"
(see below) provides a treasure trove for B-17 Fans
Winning Your Wings (1942, B&W, 20:00) The United States entry
into World War II seemed to happen almost over night. The Army Air
Corps needed thousands qualified air and ground officers and crew
yesterday. "Winning Your Wings" is an early war recruiting
film hosted and enthusiastically narrated by Capt Jimmy Stewart.
(Stewarts stirring delivery is a highlight of the film.) Already an
accomplished pilot, Stewart enlisted early. He served stateside as a
B-17 flight instructor and then as a combat bomber pilot and squadron
leader in Europe throughout the war. The film shows how joining the
Air Corps provides a quick path to noncom and officer status and an
advanced (for the time) training program. It also emphasizes that
lack of a college degree is not a prerequisite for advance rank or
pilot training. And last, not but not least, the girls sure go for
those pilot's wings! "Winning Your Wings" is also notable
for glimpses inside the relatively rare prewar vintage B-17s used to
film some of the in-flight sequences. "This film is over 60
years old, but by the end, Jimmy Stewart had me ready to sign up!"
E&M Mechanic's Instructions Manual: 506 pages with color
manual is known as the "B-17 Bible" for good reason.
Mechanics and ground crew used it every day for servicing and
assembly of the big Flying Fortress. Armaments, engines, instruments,
electrical systems, bomb loading, fuselage assembly, landing gear --
that's just a small portion of what is covered in over 500 pages of
charts, illustrations, tables and detailed instructions. This is an
indispensable resource for B-17 fans, but it's also an absorbing way
for any World War II aviation fan to get under the skin of a classic
World War II heavy bomber to see what made it tick. Great fun with
many hours of exploring. And any vet who worked on one of these birds
will be instantly transported back in time.
Douglas A20 Havoc & A-26 Invader DVD Five films on one DVD
including two pilot's manuals
Invaders Attack! (21:00 Color, 1945) ) New Exclusive production from
Military Arts Pictures. Legendary SFP 186 combat cameramen rode along
with 416th bomb Group A-26 Invaders during March and April, 1945 with
color film loaded in their cameras. The results are some of the most
beautiful and dramatic footage to come out of the World War II.You'll
see fleets of silver Invaders soaring through towering cumulus clouds
before unloading torrents of bombs deep inside the Third Reich. An
added bonus is a cache of remarkable still pictures taken by 416th
Group (668th, 669th, 670th and 671st Bomb Squadrons) staff photog
"Sergeant Cachat" showing A-26s and their crews. (Thanks to
Carl Sgamboti at The Douglas A-26C Preservation Project for
permission to use these pics.)
Havocs in Color with 416th Bomb Group Scrapbook New (20:00 Color film
with Black & White stills) Rare color footage of 416th Bomb Group
A-20 Havocs (aka Bostons) taken before the Group transition to A-26s
in the fall of 1944 -- plus many memorable still photos from Group
photog, Sergeant Cachat. Includes over 200 pictures, including
dramatic combat shots, detailed photo analysis of target strikes in
France, Belgium, and Germany, and some of the most memorable crew
photos we've ever seen..
the A-20 Bomber The Douglas A-20 "Havoc"(20:00 --1943, B&W)
Flown as "the Boston" by the Brits on daring hedge hopping
low level '"ramrod' raids over the Continent and as the "Havoc"
by the US Army Air Force skimming the jungles of SE Asia, this
magnificent attack bomber is one of the most under appreciated
aircraft of World War II.
Flying Tips: The Douglas A-26 "Invader"(1945--B&W,
Korea, Indochina, the Bay of Pigs, Laos, Vietnam, the Congo, South
America, fire fighting in the Pacific North West -- this fantastic
aircraft has seen it all! The most advanced attack plane of World War
II. Interesting demonstration of the properties of the Invaders
advanced wing design too.
(1944, B&W, 17:00) "FLAK" is a fascinating World War II
training film for pilots on the theory and practice of evading
antiaircraft fire. The specifications, capabilities, and targeting
methods of a variety of German and Japanese AAA pieces are discussed
as well as both high and low altitude evasions tactics . Well
illustrated with charts, animations, and combat film.
page Douglas A-26 Invader pilot's manual in .pdf file format with
photos, systems diagrams, performance charts, flight procedures &
page A-20 Havoc pilot's manual with color and b&w illustrations,
charts, flight procedures & more.
Flying the B-24
Liberator DVD Four films including 146 page B-24 pilot's manual
Pre-flight Inspection of the B-24 (1943, B&W, 30:00) Told from the
ground crew's perspective, Crew Chief Kelly & the boys do the
check in this inside & out point by point inspection of the big
the B-24D (1943, color, 58:00)The most detailed systems & flight
procedures checkouts for the B-24 pilot you will ever see. The B-24
was technologically more advanced than the B-17, but due to rush to
production had some early teething problems. Nevertheless, Liberator
squadrons flew many outstanding missions, including the epic low
level raid on the Romanian oil fields at Ploesti, and crew members
were proud of their ship.
Get Back! (1945, B&W,16:30) A remarkable film that shows how
B-24s overcame incredible battle damage to bring their crews home.
Numerous examples of seemingly critically damaged B-24s making it
back. This is a fascinating instructional training film with specific
techniques to bring your badly crippled ship down safely. Some great
B-24 combat footage too.
of Honor: Ploesti August 1, 1943 (1944, B&W 7:00) On August 1,
1943, specially trained elements of the 8th and 9th Air Forces flying
B-24 Liberators based in Benghazi Libya launched a daring low level
attack on Ploesti, over 1,200 miles away. They struck and struck
hard, but the cost was very high. Unescorted by fighters and coming
in literally at tree top level to surprise the enemy, 54 out of 162
of the attacking bombers were lost, along with 540 American air crew.
Every member of the attacking force was awarded a medal, including 5
Medals of Honor, the highest decoration awarded by the U. S.
military. Of the Medal of Honor recipients, only Col. Leon Johnson,
44th Bomb Group, and Col. Jon "Killer" Kane, 98th Bomb
Group, survived the mission. This film features dramatic action that
has been excerpted for countless documentaries. This is the original.
page B-24 "Liberator" pilot's manual in .pdf file format
with detailed photos, systems diagrams, performance charts,
procedures & more.* "This incredibly informative manual is
an essential reference for every B-24 fan!" - Zeno*
Mitchell DVD Four films & 94 page B-25 pilot's manual
* How to
Fly the North American B-25 "Mitchell" (1944, Black &
White, 21:47) Is that Tom Clancy at the controls? Named after Billy
Mitchell, the controversial pioneer of heavy bombing, this is the
plane that Jimmy Doolittle chose to fly off the deck of carrier
Hornet for the dramatic raid on Tokyo. Extremely versatile, the '25
was the US's most produced medium bomber, fighting in all theaters
and exported to virtually all Allied air forces. An effective level
bomber, it could also be equipped with a multitude of additional
machine guns, rockets, and even a 75mm canon, for low level ground
attack. The Navy produced this film for use by all services.
* Medium Bombardment & Attack featuring the B-25 (1945, B&W, 20:00) This fascinating film was made to indoctrinate B-25 & A-20
squadrons transitioning from Europe to the Pacific, with a focus on the B-25.
Covers operating in the tropics, squadron staff duties, planning missions, converting B-25s for low level ground attack and
tactics for land & sea attacks “on the deck.” Some great footage of extremely
low level operations!
Operations Lae-Salamaua (1944, B&W, 47:42) covers a key battle of
the oft overlooked 1943 New Guinea campaign in the South Pacific.
General Douglas MacArthur and his staff put together a brilliant
combined arms strategy that utilized Air Power as a key element to
leap frog over rugged jungle terrain and isolate and destroy Japanese
strongholds. . In this almost impassable terrain, that made transport
of heavy guns slow and difficult, air power functioned as "flying
artillery." You'll see spectacular in cockpit views of B-25
Mitchell medium bombers making strafing runs on Japanese bases at
tree top level as well as some of the first ever "on the deck"
tail gunner views of delayed action and "para frag" bombs
dropping & exploding right behind the hedge hopping Mitchells.
Some nice A-20, B-24 & P-38 action footage too!
Artillery (1944 color 25:00) Nine 75mm canon firing B-25Gs of the
48th Bomb Squadron, 7AAF, based on Apamama in the Gilbert Islands,
conduct a hair raising tree top level strike on the Japanese air base
on Mille. Features amazingly well preserved color footage of base
construction and daily life on Apamma and Tarawa.
* A 94
page North American B-25 pilot's manual in .pdf file format with
detailed photos, systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures &
Martin B-26 Marauder DVD Four films including 106 page B-26 pilot's
Tailed Marauders: The 323rd Bomb Group and their B-26s (1945, Color,
New, 12:00) Exclusive Production Rare color film of B-26 Marauders in
action in the Spring of 1945. See the 453rd, 454th, 455th, and 455th
Bomb Squadrons operating against Germany from their base in France.
All color footage really brings this bygone era startlingly back to
life. A must for Marauder fans everywhere.
* How to
Fly the Martin B-26 "Marauder" (1944, B&W, 47:42) This
video is highly recommended, combining Hollywood drama with great
attention to detail. That's "Peter Gunn" in the right seat.
Although rookie pilots found her tricky to handle during take off and
landing because of her abrupt stall , the B-26 was liked and
respected by more experienced air crew. Appropriately called "the
Marauder," the high speed, good bomb load, and durability of
this bomber made it well suited for low & medium level raids over
Europe and the Pacific.
Rear Gunner(1943, B&W, 24:00) Starring
Lt. Ronald Reagan and Lt. Burgess Meredith, follows "PeeWee"
Williams through gunnery school and into battle in this vintage WWII
information film produced for the Army Air Corps. A seldom seen look
inside an actual World War II bomber gunnery school featuring a wide
variety of methods for increasing shooting accuracy and weapons
Building a Bomber: The B-26 (1945, B&W 20:00) See production of a
B-26 from metal casting through final assembly.
page Martin B-26 Marauder pilot's manual in .pdf file format with
photos, systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures & more.
Boeing B-29 Superfortress DVD Volume 1 Six films including 94 page B-29
B-29 "Superfortress" Flight Procedures and Combat Crew
Functioning (1944, B&W,36:17) This is a thorough pilot's view
introduction to the premier bomber of World War II. Faster than a
Zero, the peak of piston engine technology, with remote controlled
gun turrets and a pressurized cabin, the Superfortress was the prime
instrument in the Air Corp's very long range attack on the Japanese
home islands. Stalin was so impressed with this plane that he ordered
the Tupolev bureau to copy interned B-29s exactly. Over 1,000 of
these "Tu4" clones formed the core of the Soviet Air Force
during the early years of the cold war.
Last Bomb (1945, color, 37:00) "The Last Bomb" vividly
documents one of the almost forgotten chapters of World War II: the
extreme long range B-29 bombing raids on Japan. Launched from hard
won Pacific islands, these missions were over 3,000 miles round trip
and could take 12 hours or more to complete. You'll also see the huge
B-29 bases that were carved out on Guam, Tinian and Saipan. This rare
late war color film, shot by combat camera men, documents all aspects
of a XXI Bomber Command long distance daylight strike carried out at
just 12,000' (!) on Tokyo in 1945. The mission is covered from
initial planning stage by General Curtis LeMay and his staff, through
fighter action and "bombs away" over target, to final touch
down. As an added bonus, there's plenty of spectacular gun camera
footage taken by escorting P-51 Mustangs ranging over southern Japan
seeking targets of opportunity in the air and on the deck. These
Mustang sorties were some of the longest and riskiest missions
undertaken by any fighters during World War II. Just imagine --
flying thousands of miles over trackless ocean in a single en gin
ship to take on the enemy over their own territory!
Superforts color Exclusive! Newly discovered color footage of
Saipan's 73rd Bomb Wing. Pulse pounding B-29 action plus memorable
pin up nose art.
War Against Japan: XXI Bomber Command A concise history of XXI Bomber
Command Bomber Command's strategic B-29 campaign against the Japanese
home islands. Both day and night B-29 actions.
Over Dixie (1944, B&W 20:00) A fascinating look inside the huge
B-29 production facility built from scratch in Marrietta, Georgia.
Includes detailed views of revolutionary new production techniques,
assembly line work, and the training and care of thousands of new
workers. The Georgia operation was much more than a manufacturing
plant, it involved the creation of a complex community in an
amazingly short time. This film is a tribute to the massive American
war effort that was an essential element in the victory of the
Invisible (1945, B&W 8:00) Remarkable documentary on how air
bourne radar was used for navigation and bombing on B-29 night
strikes against Japan. Rare footage of radar in action on an actual
Super Fortress mission. This story was so highly classified, it
couldn't be told to the American people until after Japan
B-29 Superforts Go to War DVD- Volume 2 Four films & two B-29 manuals
Over North Korea: The 19th Bomb Group Attacks Bridges Near Sinanju
plus 19th BG Nose Art Color Scrap Book (B&W & Color, 1950,
22:00) Exclusive release from Military Arts Pictures. We created this
video from a recently released reel of silent, raw and unedited and
undocumented footage shot by the US Air Force in Korea in
August-September, 1950, apparently intended for a documentary that
was never released. The highlight of the film shows an early morning
briefing for 19th Bomb Group (28th, 30th and 98th Bomb Squadrons) at
Kadena Air Base on Okinawa. Reminiscent a scene from the World War 2
classic "Target for Today," the briefing is for mission
against the all important rail bridges near Sinaju Station, North
Korea and the port of Nampo, as part of the preparation for the
Inchon landings and the breakout from the Pusan perimeter. (The film
also has incidental footage taken of B-29s from the 307th Bomb Group,
"Square Y.") Through careful research, we've been able to
reconstruct the briefing and the mission, including target footage
taken at the time, along with corresponding satellite photos showing
the same locations today. And as a special bonus, we've added "19th
BG Color Nose Art Scrap Book," a collection of remarkable
Kodachrome slides taken of 19th BG B-29s by SSgt. George J. Amthor,
an armorer with the 19th BG, 30th Squadron, at Kadena in 1950-51.
Footage of the heroic and very costly B-29 operations in Korea is
extremely rare, so we are very pleased to release this new
Last Bomb Outtakes Reel (Color 1945, 23:00) Exclusive from Military
Arts Pictures. From the vaults of the National Archives comes a newly
discovered reel of outtakes, expanded scenes, and new footage from
the Academy Award winning World War 2 B-29 classic, "The Last
Bomb." Includes never before seen footage showing an B-29 engine
repair facility on Saipan, expanded scenes showing General Curtis Le
May and XX Bomber command planning a mission to Tokyo, inside the
cockpit photos from an actual B-29 mission and more. (Inside the
aircraft shots in the theatrical release of "The Last Bomb"
are all recreations shot in a Hollywood studio.) The good news for
the B-29 fans is that almost all of the footage on this reel is in
better condition than the best surviving copies of the theatrical
release and we've added much more realistic sound effects taken from
actual B-29s,P-51s and 50 cals. machine guns. And there's a big bonus
for fighter fans. The section of the original film that shows P-51
Mustang squadrons ranging over the Japanese mainland seeking targets
of opportunity is expanded and in very good condition, yielding some
of the most exciting color gun camera footage we have seen from World
of the B-29 (1944, B&W, 20:00) This documentary was produced
during World War 2 to introduce the American public to the fabulous
new Boeing B-29 Superfortress. The film shows how the war against
Japan necessitated the development of a super long range bomber that
could strike the Japanese Empire from distant bases in Japan, India,
and the Marianas Islands. A highlight of the film focuses on a tour
of a giant B-29 plant, showing all aspects of production, including
the extensive use of sub assemblies that were manufactured elsewhere,
using the worlds biggest flow chart to achieve high precision and
Strikes Against Japan (1950, B&W 25:00) This documentary was
produced after the War using archival footage, complimented with
additional maps and graphics. It gives a clear overall picture of the
Allied air offensive against the Japanese home islands. While the
video focuses on the deployment and use of the revolutionary B-29
Superfortress, you'll see much more, including Jimmy Doolittle's
inspiring raid on Tokyo and rare late War footage of carrier based
strikes against the Japanese mainland. A good overview of an under
reported aspect of World War 2 Air combat operations.
NOT to Fly the B-29: A file of recent accident cases presented for
study and discussion. Vol 1, Number 2 1945 12 pages in Adobe Acrobat
.pdf file format. This neat little booklet is part of a series that
was produced by the Army Air Corps to alert pilots to the causes and
possible solutions for recent stateside B-29 accidents. Five actual
case studies are discussed in detail, along with a review by a panel
of experts on how each mishap might have been avoided or handled
Pilots' and Flight Engineers' Training manual (51-126-6) 12/15/1945
194 pages with color highlights in Adobe Acrobat .pdf file format.
This is the final and definitive flight manual for the B-29 produced
during World War 2. Extensive documentation includes charts, diagrams
and performance index.
Operating Instructions USAF Model YB-29J Aircraft (Basis for the
RB-29J reconnaissance Aircraft) 12/15/1950 125 pages with color
highlights. The YB-29J was a short series of 6 aircraft produced by
Boeing to test upgraded engines and other enhancements designed to
improve B-29 performance and reliability. Although this version
wasn't rolled out into full production, four of these test planes
were converted to fast and high flying RB-29J reconnaissance aircraft
that were used extensively during the Korean War. This edition of the
B-29 manual was probably produced for those few crews, making it very
rare. Extensive documentation includes charts, diagrams and
Navy Bombers DVD 5 US Navy films & 66 page Douglas SBD3
"Dauntless" dive bomber pilot's manual
Cat PBY (1945, B&W 20:00) Exclusive restoration What was that
mysterious plane swooping down out of the night sky on unsuspecting
Japanese ships and bases, hundreds of miles from any known American
airstrip? The answer was, as you'll see in this good humored,
affectionate film, the slow, ungainly, but deadly "Black Cat"
PBY. Originally designed primarily as a reconnaissance and
antisubmarine amphibious patrol plane, the big twin engined
Catalina's super long range, all weather capability, capacity to lug
both bombs and radar, ability to loiter for hours hunting convoys and
operate from anywhere in the watery PTO, made it an ideal naval night
attack bomber. One of the least known stories of the war in the
Pacific, these black painted PBY "VPB" ('Patrol Bombing")
squadrons spread destruction and chaos far out of proportion to their
relatively small numbers. A frequent tactic was to cut their engines
and float in almost silently on their prey. As this film shows, night
ops were very risky, but the rewards could be huge, including the
sinking of a 6,000 ton Katori class light cruiser by Lt. William B
Sumpler, of VPB-33, for which he was awarded the Navy Cross.
the TBF Avenger(1943, B&W, 23:30) The Grumman TBF/TBM "Avenger"
Torpedo Bomber. This was Dubya's Dad's WWII ride. The Avenger was a
tough and accurate bomber that had a reputation for taking punishment
and bringing it's crew home. Relatively easy to fly, the big Avenger
was surprisingly nimble. The TBF could pack up to 500 bombs or one
Mk1 13-2 torpedo, and with all three tanks topped up with 335 gallons
of fuel, could strike targets up to 260 miles away. More than 7,500
TBF/TBM Avengers were produced in 20 variants, which fought with
distinction in most major naval battles in the Pacific and was well
liked by the Royal Navy.
page GrummanTBF/TBM pilot's manual
Brewster SB2A-4 "Buccaneer" Scout/Dive Bomber (1943, B&W,
17:00) Was it really "the worst aircraft of World War II?"
See the video and judge for yourself! (Look for the little clues in
the narration.) Though this training film goes out of it's way to
sing the Buccaneers praises, her flaws are all too obvious if you
watch and listen carefully. Even so, many Marine trainee pilots
learned the ropes of dive bombing in the big Brewster.
Introduction to Dive Bombing (1943, B&W, 24:00) Before you leave
the deck in that Dauntless, you'd better learn how to dive bomb
properly. The US Navy pioneered dive bombing techniques after World
War I and it shows in this informative film, produced by the
Department of the Navy in 1943. You'll learn everything from the
basic theory of dive bombing to how to put your egg on a real target,
including ships at sea.
Deploying Aerial Mines (1944, B&W, 16:34) New This film describes
World War II aerial mine warfare at sea,. You'll learn the basics of
mine laying, including strategy and tactics. You'll also find out how
mines were fused and armed to be ready for deployment, along with
detailed diagrams of their inner workings. You'll see rare footage of
actual aerial mine laying missions by PBJs in the Pacific. Although
seldom dealt with in general histories of World War II, aerial mines
were often used with deadly effect by both Axis and Allies
page Douglas SBD3 "Dauntless" dive bomber pilot's manual
Bombers Go to War DVD -- 7 films
Tokyo (1944, B&W, 22:00) Follow the men of the 21st Bomber
Command and their B-29 Super Fortresses from their training base in
Grand Island, Nebraska, to the newly built air base at Saipan and
right into the first 3,000 mile raid on Tokyo. Great up close and
personal footage of the lives of air & ground crews, along with
rare B-29 combat film shot on that first big raid on the Nakajima
aircraft plant. Features cameos of crew members of the famous B-17
"Memphis Belle," who signed up for another tour of duty to
fly B-29s against Japan. Narrated by Ronald Reagan.
of Honor: Ploesti August 1, 1943 (1944, Black & White, 7:00) On
August 1, 1943, specially trained elements of the 8th and 9th Air
Forces flying B-24 Liberators based in Benghazi Libya launched a
daring low level attack on Ploesti, over 1,200 miles away. They
struck and struck hard, but the cost was very high. Unescorted by
fighters and coming in literally at tree top level to surprise the
enemy, 54 out of 162 of the attacking bombers were lost, along with
540 American air crew. Every member of the attacking force was
awarded a medal, including 5 Medals of Honor, the highest decoration
awarded by the U. S. military. Of the Medal of Honor recipients, only
Col. Leon Johnson, 44th Bomb Group, and Col. Jon "Killer"
Kane, 98th Bomb Group, survived the mission. This film features
dramatic action that has been excerpted for countless documentaries.
This is the original.
Siege Ploesti : March to August 1944 (1945, Black & White,19:30)
The capture of Foggia in Italy in 1944 provided the 15th Air Force
with a base to launch a new series of air attacks on Ploesti. This
time, B-17s and B-24s attacked with fighter escort at high altitude.
Losses were heavy, with over 1,800 air crew lost to FLAK and enemy
fighters. Accuracy suffered when smoke pots were used to obscure the
target, so P-38s were used as dive bombers to penetrate the defenses.
Soon P-51s helped to achieve total air superiority. By the fall of
1944, 90% of Romanies oil production was knocked out. Narrated by
Bombers Over North Africa (1942 Black & White 22:00) This is a
rare look at early war US Air Operations in North Africa. B-25 and
B-17 bombers of the 321st and 97th Bomb Group help cut off Rommel's
retreat from Tunisia. Part of the "North West African Strategic
Air Force," these groups were initially tasked with preventing
men and material from reaching the Afrika Korps, and later with
preventing them from escaping. The missions for the day of this film
were to strike from bases in Algeria at the junction at Manouba, near
Tunis, and the air field at Sidi Ahmed, near Bizerte, where a large
number of extremely valuable JU 52 transports were based, a key
element in German evacuation plans. (Ironically, the 321st would soon
occupy Sidi Ahmed as their new base for the Sicilian campaign.) The
film features an introduction by the theater commander, then 4 star
General, Dwight Eisenhower and an afterword by Air Operations
Commanding General "Jimmy" Doolittle. Perhaps most
memorably, this film is notable for it's extended "up close and
personal" look at the men of the 97th & 321st BGs. You'll
see real pre mission and after action debriefing sessions with the
men who flew them, including a B-17 crew's account of an FW 190 shoot
down and the water ditching of a heavily damaged B-25.
Conquest by Air (1946, B&W, 20:00) This is an excellent summary
of the strategic air campaign in Europe. Produced right after the
war, it benefits from captured enemy evaluations of allied bombing
and after action photos of important targets. You'll also hear
testimony form German leadership on the effects of the bombing on
their war effort. Extensive footage of before and after bomb damage
on oil refineries, tank production factories, as well as gun camera
footage of air-to-ground attacks. Plenty of B-17 & B-24 air
combat action too!
Mission Accomplished: The Story of the Flying Fortress (1942, B&W,
11:00) On August 17, 1942 eighteen B-17Es from the 97th Heavy
Bombardment Group, Eighth Bomber Command (later Eighth Air Force)
from Graft on Underwood, performed the first daylight raid over
Northern Europe by US heavy bombers. Escorted by RAF Spit Vs &
IXs, 6 bombers ran a diversion along the French coast, while 12 more
Fortresses attacked the primary target., the important rail yards at
Sotteville, France, near Rouen. This mission was a crucial first step
in establishing the efficacy of American daylight precision bombing
doctrine. Success of the raid was vital so that VIA Bomber Command CO
Gen. Ira C. Eaker went along for the ride in B-17E "Yankee
Doodle. Though small in scale, the raid was a success, with precision
hits on important rail assets, with only two Fortresses sustaining
minor damage. Lucky for us, combat cameramen recorded this historic
action from briefing through "bombs away!">
Doolittle Strikes Japan! (1943, B&W, 5:00) Actual footage from
Jimmy Doolittle's daring raid on Japan. See B-25 Medium Bombers take
off from the storm tossed deck of the carrier Hornet Truly classic
Liberators Go to War DVD - 4 Films
98th Bomb Group: Liberators Over Africa (1943, B&W, 27:00)
Exclusive production. This recently discovered footage shows Medal of
Honor winner Col. John R. "Killer " Kane and the men of the
98th Bomb Group in the Summer of 1943, shortly before the heroic,
costly Ploesti mission, at their desert base in Benghasi/Benina,
Libya. You'll see legendary B-24s like "The Vulgar Virgin,"
"The Sandman," and "War Cloud." Sadly, several of
these ships were filmed here for the last time before they were lost
over Romania. There's an unexpected gem too. Soon after the Axis
surrender in Tunisia, 9th combat cameraman Jim Bray hitched a ride on
a B-24 and filmed all the major North African targets the 98th had
hit from the air, from El Alemein to Tunis. You'll see Tobruk,
Tripoli, Benghazi, Bizerte and more from the air, the way pilots and
crew saw them during the Desert War. And the big Liberator goes in
low too so you can take in sunken warships, clamoring liberty ships
unloading their cargoes, and bombed out harbors that have long since
been rebuilt. This is a priceless time capsule.
Liberators Over Europe, 1942-45 (1945, B&W, 22:00)A
remarkable film produced by the Eighth Air Force from combat camera
footage showing B-24s in action over Europe. From Ploesti to Berlin,
you'll discover memorable Liberator scenes not found anywhere else,
including pulse pounding air attacks. You'll see B-24 crews up close
too, along with their ships.
Air Division Bombing Highlights 1944-45 (1945, B&W 28:00) Another
priceless film produced by the 8th Air Force to document the War as
it happened. During the last six month of the conflict in the ETO,
ball turret gunners were given 16mm cameras and told to film what
they saw on bombing missions over the Third Reich. Most documentaries
concentrate on what happens leading up to and then after the bombs
drop.This one shows what happened in between. You'll see raids on
Berlin, Luneberg, the U-Boat pens at Bremen, Muenster, Ingolstadt,
Regensburg, and many more cities, including the only known footage of
the controversial bombing of Dresden on Feb 14th & 15th, 1945.
These scenes of concentrated destruction, shot from bombing altitude,
are by turns fascinating and horrific. There are also some
unflinching shots of US bombers going down. This film was not shown
on the home front. The video transfer was taken from the only
surviving copy of this important document and is often grainy, but
still watchable. If you are serious about educating yourself about
World War II bombing as it happened, you should to see this film.
film Captured Luftwaffe film shows the downing of 9 US bombers one at
a time by FW 190 fighters. You may have seen snippets of this gun
camera film before in documentaries. This is the original source.
Operation Titanic DVD: Three unique films New All three films with
digital sound and video restoration
Operation Titanic: Shuttle Bombing Missions to Russia (1944, B&W,
problem: key Axis strategic assets were located so deep in Eastern
Europe that they either could not be reached by Allied bombers or
involved a lengthy round trip that exposed aircraft to heavy German
attacks twice. The Russians were closer to these targets, but they
were committed to tactical air support and lacked strategic bombers.
The solution was "Operation Titanic," aka "Operation
Frantic" one of the most audacious and least known strategic
operations of the war. During the Tehran Conference, 27 November - 2
December 1943, the Americans, British and Russians hammered out plans
for a "shuttle bombing" campaign. This film tells that
Air Force bombers and fighters based in Italy would bomb targets in
the East, land in Russia, refuel & rearm, and then hit another
target on the way back. 8th Air Force bombers based in the UK did the
same. The Soviets provided three bases in the Ukraine; heavy bombers
at Poltava and Mirgorod and the fighters at Piryatin. The US provided
material to substantially upgrade them. The Fifteenth Air Force flew
its first mission on 2 June 1944 when 130 B-17 Flying Fortresses,
escorted by 70 P-51 Mustangs, bombed the rail yards at Debreczen,
Hungary. The Eighth Air Force flew its first mission on 21 June when
123 B-17s bombed the Schwartzhelde synthetic oil plant at Ruhland,
south of Berlin and 21 attacked the Elsterwerda industrial area. But,
unknown to the Americans, a Luftwaffe He-177 followed the B-17s to
the Russian base at Poltava and after midnight Luftwaffe aircraft
attacked and destroyed 43 B-17s and damage 26.
flights continued into September with success, but the June 21st
attack by the Luftwaffe on Poltava had revealed the Achilles heal of
the operation. The Soviets lacked radar working with an organized air
defense with night fighters to defend the bases, and they would not
turn that role over to the Americans. That made the operation too
risky and it was discontinued. But, despite some prickly spots, it
marked the high point of East-West direct co-operation during World
War II. In "Operation Titanic" you'll see unique scenes of
Russian and American fliers and crews working together, shoulder to
shoulder, life at their "secret bases," along with exciting
air action on the shuttle missions. After the War, this film was
buried and forgotten during the Cold War. Directors who worked on
films sympathetic to the Soviets (though this is no "Mission to
Moscow") could be black listed and Russians who had close
contacts with Americans during the War often ended up in the Gulag
for that reason alone. So, nobody had much motivation to share their
memories. We're lucky that "Operation Titanic" has been
resurrected to tell this remarkable story.
Hochfrequenz Kriegsfurung (High Frequency Warfare) (1944, B&W,
25:00, In German) We get many requests for World War II military
films produced by the Axis, but other than a few newsreels, they are
hard to find. We released "Sky Blitz" recently; "High
Frequency Warfare" is our second. Developed by the Luftwaffe,
this film showed the German people how high frequency signals were
used to in radio direction finding, signals jamming and radar
detection. An attacking British bomber force is identified, their
navigation signals are jammed, and fighters are vectored to
intercept. Radar is employed to protect convoys in the Mediterranean,
and radar jamming is used to cover the "Channel Dash" of
the Battle cruisers Scharnhorst & Gneisenau during their escape
from Brest. You'll see a working Luftwaffe air defense control room
and contemporary equipment like Lichtenstein airborne radar. Most of
the participants appear to be non actors. "I don't speak German,
but I found it pretty easy to follow the plot. Seeing this film is
like having a look inside another world." Zeno
Level Photo Reconnaissance of Bomb Damage, Germany, May 9, 1945
(1945, B&W, 20:00) On May 9, 1945,the day
after the German surrender, a B-17G of the 652 BS (Heavy
Reconnaissance), 25th BG was dispatched on a far ranging mission to
document bomb damage on key targets all over Germany from very low
altitudes that would have been impossible during hostilities. These
were special Flying Fortresses that were stripped of most armament
and stuffed with gas so they could fly 12 hour weather missions over
the North Atlantic. On this day, they carried 8th Combat Camera Unit
cameramen with 16mm cameras who photographed what they saw through
the Big B-17's perspex nose and the open waist gunner positions.
You'll see remnants of the freak spring snow storm that fell the day
before on the day of the end of the war in the ETO, surrounding
partially bombed out factories near Weimer and Plauen and the almost
intact Luftwaffe base at Bernburg, near the Czech border, along with
many other locations. You can only guess at what was going through
the heads of the men taking these pictures the day after their war
ended and the German civilians who saw them fly overhead. A unique
for Today DVD
for Today (Documentary 1943, B&W, 91:00) This is the classic
World War II feature length documentary detailing a "maximum
effort" daylight bombing mission deep into Germany. There are no
actors in "Target For Today". This film was shot on
location under combat conditions and features the officers and men of
the 8th Air Force going about their deadly business. All aspects of
an actual major raid in 1943, from early planning through final touch
down and crew debriefings, are covered in this very thorough account.
Anklam. Danzig and the FW-190 plant at Marienburg are the targets
hit. Although inflating the strategic bombing campaign's
effectiveness through 1943, this is no sugar coated propaganda film.
Heavy losses and the bomber crew's justifiable trepidation about
making unescorted daylight deep penetration raids on heavily defended
targets in Germany are graphically portrayed. Over 1 and 1/2 hours of
engrossing World War II footage.
of Britain & Target for Tonight DVD with Vickers Wellington &
Spit V Pilots Manuals
Battle of Britain (Documentary 1943, B&W, 52:00) Produced
by Academy Award Winner Frank Capra, "The Battle of Britain"
is a wartime documentary with the limitations and virtues that that
implies. German air losses are highly exaggerated, on the order of
two to three times their actual numbers. The key roll of the (at the
time) still highly secret British radar early warning system and
British Intelligence's ability to read the Germans "enigma"
code were not revealed until years after the war. But this film is
still a dramatic window on the times and features excellent wartime
footage (much of it not to be found anywhere else) and provides an
illuminating glimpse of how the Allies represented the Battle during
the war.The Battle of Britain was the first battle in history fought
entirely in the air to decide the fate of a major strategic campaign.
Before the battle, Hitler was master of Europe, leading what appeared
to be an unstoppable war machine in an unbroken string of victories.
The French Army lay vanquished and the British Army was a mere shell
of it's former self, having abandoned virtually all of it's modern
equipment on the beaches of Dunkirk. The Wehrmacht was poised on the
coast of France, rushing ahead with its preparations for Operation
"Sea Lion," the invasion of England. Only one barrier stood
between Germany and the shores of England: the Royal Air Force. The
Luftwaffe could keep the Royal Navy at bay and protect cumbersome
barges that would ferry the German army across the narrow waters of
the channel only if the Luftwaffe could establish air superiority
first . The RAF was the only effective fighting force that the
British had left. Their epic encounter with the Luftwaffe marked a
major tuning point in the war. Operation Sea Lion was canceled,
Britain gained an invaluable breather, and Hitler turned his
attention instead to Russia.
for Tonight (Documentary 1941, B&W, 50:00) RAF Bomber Command in
a Night Action Target
for Tonight" follows the crew "F for Freddie, " a
Vicker's Wellington medium bomber (Millerton Station, Group 33),
through an entire low level night mission attacking an oil storage
depot at a rail yard.. Notice how the film highlights the
participation of not only servicemen from all classes from around the
British Iles, but also Canadians and a navigator that sounds a lot
like an American RAF volunteer.The film exemplifies the
understatement, dry humour, and "business as usual"
approach typical of British information films of the period, along
with a clear "get the job done" attitude.
page Vicker's Wellington pilot's manual in pdf file format with
photos, detailed systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures &
more. Covers Wellington III, X, Xi, XII, XIII, & XIV
Page Spitfire V (A,B &C) Pilot's Notes in pdf file format with
photossystems diagrams, performance information, procedures &
more. Also covers Seafire IB,IIC & III
Clark Gable's Combat
America (1943 color 65:00)
America" was produced, written, directed, and narrated by Clark
Gable while he was on assignment with the 8th Air Force, developing a
gunnery training film. Though it packs plenty of very exciting color
combat footage and doesn't flinch in showing high cost of the war in
the air, in many ways, it's as much a warm home movie as a hard
bitten, wartime "information" film. Gable chronicles the
experiences of the men of the 351st Bombardment group, flying from
the cool early morning mists of Colorado to the frigid skies over
Germany. His affection and admiration for these men comes through
loud and clear. This film is like a Kodachrome album out of the past,
giving us snapshots of life on a front line American bomber base in
the U.K. in 1943.
pilot's manuals are in Adobe Acrobat file format and are viewable on
any computer equipped with a DVD player.