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In Memorium : B-17G Nine-0-Nine NEW
Target for Today
Position Firing for WW2 Gunners
Introduction to Dive Bombing
Attack! The Battle for New Britain
1st Infantry Division in Vietnam
The Big Lift
News from the Front in North Africa 1942
On October 2nd, 2019, the restored World War 2 bomber Boeing B-17G "Nine-O-Nine," maintained and flown by the Collings Foundation, crashed and burned while attempting an emergency landing shortly after takeoff at Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Thirteen people were on board. Seven died, including two crew members and five passengers. Six passengers survived.
The aircraft was destroyed in the fire. These photographs were taken at an airshow in Colorado in 2008.
Target for Today
Digitally Restored. Target for Today 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. You'll see filmed operations from the high command down through Divisions, Wings, Groups & into Squadrons as the missions unfold.
Position Firing
How to hit a moving target from a World War 2 Bomber

Hands down the best presentation of how to hit a moving target from a moving aircraft we've seen. This entertaining and informative animated U.S. Air Force training film, "Position Firing," featuring waist gunner "Trigger Joe" (the immortal voice of Mel Blanc) was developed to teach gunners the basics of how to hit attacking fighters from bombers like the B-17 & B-24. (If you think you learned everything you need to know about leading a target on a skeet range, think again.) When you factor in differing air speed, altitude, direction, deflection, & more, it's a whole new ball game.

Introduction to Dive Bombing
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. Navy SBD "Dauntless" dive bombers delivered fatal blows against the Japanese carrier force at the battle of Midway using the same techniques you'll see in this film. A must for history buffs and virtual combat pilot's alike.
Attack! The Battle for New Britain
World War 2 in the Pacific theater is underreported and almost forgotten. Stage two of the isolation and reduction of the Japanese fortress of Rabaul was the seizure of key bases at the opposite (Western) end of the 370-mile long island of New Britain, cutting enemy supply lines and providing advance airfields for continuing attacks on the stronghold. You'll see all aspects of the invasion, including planning, training, air attacks, amphibious assaults, and the intense jungle fighting to secure objectives. And there's more of those exciting low level B-25 strikes!
The 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam 1965-70
In July 1965, the “Big Red 1,” one most storied in the US Army, was the first division sized American unit to be sent to Vietnam. This film gives a year by year account of the divisions actions fought from landing through their departure in 1970. From an initial deployment of 14,000 men & women it grew to over 20,000 by 1967, including infantry, armor, engineers, helicopters & artillery, Operating in III Corps out of Di An outside Saigon, the divisions area of operations formed a broad arc north of the Capital to the Cambodian border, encompassing infamous VC & NVA strongholds like “The Iron Triangle,”War Zones C & D” and '”The Michelin Trapezoid.”
The Big Lift The Western Allies face-off against the Russians in Berlin
In June 1948 in one of the first confrontations in the Cold War, the Soviets cut land supply routes to the Allied sectors of West Berlin, which was deep in the Russian controlled Eastern Zone in occupied Germany. In a test of wills, the Soviets thought they could starve the Allies out of the city. In response the Western Powers organized the massive Berlin airlift to carry supplies through narrow air corridors. This film is remarkable on several levels. Outside of the two leading roles, ably played by actors Montgomery Clift & Paul Douglas, the other uniformed parts are played by US servicemen who actually performed them at the time. The film was shot entirely on location in Berlin, including Soviet sectors of the city. It gives a unique "you are there" view of the early days of the reconstruction & daily life in the bombed out capital
News from the Front in North Africa - 1942

Shot In Technicolor by US Army, Navy and O.S.S. cameraman in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, November-December 1942. (Much of the film was shot by Director John Ford and his team of combat cameramen, as featured on the Netflix series "Five Came Back.") Hands down some of the best color footage we have seen from World War 2. This was tough "on the job training" for the brand new American Army and Air Corps. Highlights include: The Battle of Taboura, Tunisia unfolds in broad valley in a panoramic tableau right out of a scene from "Patton" -- and you get an armchair view of the action. German tanks and infantry advance in the open and are turned back by withering Allied gun fire. These are some of the first, and possibly only, color shots of Tiger 1 tanks in combat, taking and returning fire.

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