This color film is raw footage shot during World War II by United States servicemen in the Pacific Theater. It includes kamikaze attacks. The film ends with raw footage of Washington D.C. tourist sites. This is circa the mid 1940s.
Opening: clouds in the sky, tracer gunfire aimed at enemy planes in the sky (:07). Smoke plumes in the sky, artillery continues to fire into the sky (:29). Enemy plane is seen on fire after being struck with AA gunfire (:46). Aerial footage of combat mission, firing rockets and strafing ground positions (1:20). Planes in the sky, appear to be TBM Avengers or Grumman F6F Hellcats (1:39). Planes swoop in and drop bombs (2:14). Hellcat flies in the distance (2:39). Plane opens its bomb doors and drops a bomb (2:55). Close on a pilot in a cockpit while flying a TBM (3:09). A plane fires its guns; close up on the wing mounted guns / gun barrels (3:34). Rockets fired at the ground, explosion (4:18). Firing at a ship down below, from a plane (POV from a plane) (4:33). Firing at a harbor and a lighthouse on a ridge (4:43). Firing down at a Japanese ship (5:00). Approaching a ship and firing down at it (POV from a plane) (5:12). Ship on fire with smoke pouring from it as seen from an airplane (5:40). Planes flying through clouds, ships below, some on fire (6:00). Flying at a ship and shooting at it (POV from a plane) (7:01). Person uses binoculars to survey the sky (7:28). Planes approaching in the sky (7:44). Smoke plumes in the sky, artillery fire continues into the sky (8:21). An airplane flies in the sky as it's been shot at (8:50). Planes amongst the clouds (9:18). Inside a cockpit with a pilot (9:39). Planes circle in the sky (9:46). Servicemen on a ship look at the sky and smile; smoke plumes in the sky (10:00). Ships at sea on fire, smoke everywhere around them (10:11). Planes come in low (10:26). Radar operator watches a screen (11:02). Kamikaze Japanese Zeros and United States servicemen return fire (11:11). A kamikaze pilot crashes into a U.S. Battleship (11:29). Gunfire and artillery fired into the air (11:37). Aircraft carrier consumed by fire (11:38) after kamikaze attack, possibly USS Essex, USS Franklin or USS Bunker Hill. Plane on fire soars towards the ground (12:17). Cameraman holds a Bell & Howell motion picture camera, probably a Filmo 16mm or 35mm version (12:20).
Washington, D.C. in wartime era - U.S. Capitol Building (12:48). Cars drive near the U.S. Capitol Building (13:15). People including many in military uniform, walk in a Washington, D.C. park (15:59). Potomac River. U.S. Army buses drive by, escorted by Armed Services police cars (17:29). Civilians and Military people walk down a path (18:32). People outside the newly built Pentagon building (18:59). Cars drive by (19:18). People leave the Pentagon en masse, both mlitary and civilian workers (20:05). People walk down a path as the United States Flag is to the right and the Washington Monument is to the left (in the background) (20:25).
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