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U.S.Army Engineers in Combat in WW2 NEW!
A Day with A-36 Dive Bombers in Sicily
Ditch and Live at Sea in a Boeing B-17
RAF Bostons, Mosquitos Typhoons & more
The First B-58 Hustler Supersonic Trainer
Airborne Operations in New Guinea
Kamikazes Attack the US Navy off Okinawa
Operation Sky Watch- Nuclear Armed B-52s on High Alert
Engineers are the "unsung heroes" of the Armed Forces, handling a myriad of essential tasks. This documentary has World War 2 footage you wont see anywhere else! You'll see the special challenges faced by Engineers on jungle island campaigns in the Pacific, including clearing jungle tracks, building corduroy roads using palm trees, mining & crushing coral for surfacing roads, carving out jungle air strips, employing steel mats for runways and making good use of indigenous native resources for labor and local knowledge for problem solving. Plus building docks, demolishing heavy concrete fortifications, salvaging flooded roads, laying and clearing minefields, constructing lengthy pipelines for fuel transfer and building a variety of bridges including timber trestle, pontoon & steel Bailey Bridges, often under enemy artillery fire & more!
A Day with A-36 Dive Bombers in Sicily
Exclusive expanded version! The A-36 was the ground attack variant of the P-51 and was known as "the Invader," "the Mustang" or "the Apache." This is very rare combat footage of an A-36A fighter-bomber squadron in action in Sicily. The A36A was equipped with the Mustang's original Allison engine, as opposed to the Rolls Royce Merlin adapted so successfully in the high altitude escort versions, which worked just fine for low level work. Note the quad 20mm canons on this fast and powerful attack plane, very unusual on an American fighter. You'll see ground crews doing their critical support work, including fueling, rearming and maintaining these sleek birds.
Ditch and Live at Sea in a Boeing B-17
You'll see training on land and in the water on everything from crew preparation, responsibilities, crash positioning, exiting the plane, emergency supplies, launching & operating dinghies to using an emergency radio, navigating, rations, first aid & a lot more. And after sinking a Japanese cruiser, (as you might expect) Reynolds & his crew are shot down and have to put everything they learned into practice in stormy seas. Excellent picture quality, a dramatic storyline & realistic acting, with lots of great interior shots of the Flying Fortress.
R.A.F. Bostons, Mosquitos, Normandy Typhoons & G.C. Pickard's Last Mission
The Gen€" was a film news series produced the Royal Air Force & shown to service personnel, selected scenes from which are shown here. Highlights include R.A.F. Douglas Boston Attack Bombers make a very low level attack on an armaments factory in France, "The Independent Air Force" & their de Havilland Mosquitoes, Group Captain Percy Charles "Pick" Pickard's last mission, a low level precision Mosquito strike to free French Resistance fighters from a German prison in Amiens, France and R.A.F. de Havilland Mosquito fighter/bombers use rockets and canon to support the Allied breakout from Normandy after the D-Day landings. G.C. Pickard, who gave his life on the strike on the Amiens prison, is also featured as the commander of R.A.F. Wellington Bomber F for Freddy in the classic film "Target for Tonight"
Airplane 11: The First B-58 Hustler Supersonic Trainer
The first training version of the B-58 Hustler, the TB-58, was delivered by General Dynamics to the US Air Force in August, 1960, the first of eight R&D aircraft (this was "aircraft 11" in the test series) converted for that purpose. The biggest change involved converting the Bomber/Navigator station (2nd seat aft) to a pilot/instructors compartment with instrumentation and controls. Highlights include great footage of the colorfully painted TB 58 training version in operation, a tour of the mock up of the converted crew section, and unique in flight footage shot from inside the aircraft.
The New Guinea Campaign: Airborne Operations
This action packed film 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. While tough Australian jungle fighters spearheaded the frontal ground assault, American paratroopers accompanied by Aussie light artillery volunteers, dropped on, seized & secured a Japanese air base behind enemy lines so that an Australian division could be ferried in on C-47s and attack the enemy from the rear
    The Fleet that Came to Stay Kamikaze attacks off Okinawa 1945
In March, 1945, the US Army, Navy and Marines, with the support of the British Pacific Fleet, launched "Operation Iceberg" against the Japanese Island of Okinawa, in the Ryukus, a key stepping stone for the invasion of the Japanese home islands. US troops landed successfully, leading to one of the bloodiest land battles in World War II. In response over the next tree months,the Japanese launched a series of terrifying kamikaze suicide aircraft attacks from land bases only 350 miles away against the screening Allied naval forces
Operation Sky Watch - Nuclear Armed B-52s on High Alert
This is a time capsule from the height of the Cold War. In this detailed reenactment, Major Paul Dobbins and the crew of B-52G Buzz Saw 48 are put on Airborne Alert, the highest stage of readiness during a crisis for SAC's strategic bombers in the early 1960s. Armed with a pair of nuclear tipped Hound Dog AGM-28 long range supersonic missiles, a load of A-Bombs and ADM-20 Quail jet powered decoys designed to fool enemy radars, they're sent to a predetermined patrol area near the Arctic Circle. They're on station for 24 hours, ready to attack their targets at a moments notice if they receive an executive order Go Code, even before U.S. ICBMs are launched
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