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R.A.F. Bostons & Lancasters Attack Germany NEW!
365 FG "Hell Hawks"
Bombardment & Attack with the B-25
U.S. Air Service Cadets in World War 1
World War 2 Pilot Safety Training
I Was There in World War 2
The Battle of Khe Sahn
John Huston's Let There be Light"
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(Restored Color- 1943) NEW!
"Army Navy Screen Magazine" films were regularly shown to American Armed Forces personnel, depicting what was happening on all fronts during World War 2. Not meant to be detailed documentaries, these short pieces were produced in inspiring, breezy "Life Magazine" style highlights, using dramatic cinematography to engage audiences. As such, they're a treasure trove of memorable "you are there" high impact footage. This edition shows what America's Allies, "The Brits," were up to, with exciting scenes of R.A.F. Douglas "Bostons" (aka A-20 "Havocs") screaming in over the Continent for a tree top level strike targets in Germany.
The 365th Fighter Group "Hell Hawks"
Exclusive original documentary
I put this to documentary together from silent, unedited archival film. Really exciting P-47 Thunderbolt action from the skies over Germany, Spring, 1945. Col. Ray J Stecker leads the men of the 386th, 387th, and 388th Fighter Squadrons into action. Watch extensive color footage of the 365th Thunderbolts in their forward bases in France and Belgium and exciting air-to- air and air-to-ground attacks, including rare gun camera film of the shoot down of a Messerschmidt Me 262 jet fighter!
Medium Bombardment & Attack with the B-25 Mitchell
This unique film was made to indoctrinate B-25 & A-20 medium bomber squadrons transitioning from Europe to the Pacific, with a focus on the North American B-25. These groups were primarily tasked with ground and anti ship attacks, inflicting huge losses on Japanese forces, far out of proportion to their numbers. Great footage of extremely low level actions! Covers operating in the tropics, squadron staff duties, planning missions, converting B-25s for ground attack and tactics for land & sea attacks "on the deck.
U.S. Army Air Service Cadets Train for World War 1 Aviation - 1917
I created this original documentary from archival footage that I digitally restored. When the United States entered World War 1 in April, 1917 there was an immediate need to create an "Air Service" almost from scratch. Thousands of pilots, observers, bombardiers and gunners had to be trained in record time for the air war in Europe at newly constructed or converted facilities spread across America. One of the surprises in this is film is the use of early "Virtual Reality" simulations in training! The venerable Curtiss ""Jenny" training plane is featured throughout. Jennys lived on long after the War for many years as civilian trainers, in air shows and for personal use.
Learn & Live - Pilot Safety Training in World War 2
Pilot deaths during training were all too frequent in World War 2, a grim fact that was kept from the public, but was a matter of grave concern to the Army Air Corps. Shown only to pilots, this wonderful film, “Learn & Live,” is a unique combination of an entertaining, sometimes surreal storyline, with practical nuts and bolts safety training. Saint Peter (Guy Kibby) gives “Joe Instructor” a temporary pass to ”Pilot Heaven,” because he's concerned that so many more young trainees are coming up stairs before their time, due to ignoring procedures or excessive bravado. What follows are a dozen case studies of how recent arrivals, wearing angels wings, shooting pool & playing cards, met their fates, told with pointed, often sarcastic humor.
* Two veterans of Jimmy Doolittle's B-25 raid on Tokyo, Capt Ted Lawson, author of the book "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo," later made into the classic movie, and his copilot Captain Dean Davenport, discuss the mission, accompanied by film showing actual operations off the Hornet. * Bombardier & Navy Cross recipient Meyer Leven describes being shot down on the famous mission with the immortal Colin Kelly in one of the first offensive B-17 air operations in World War 2. * I Was There at Tarawa. Combat Cameraman Marine Corps Staff Sargent Norman Hatch went in with the first wave of the landings at Tarawa, "armed with a pistol and hand camera." He gives a dramatic first person account of the battle for the island fortress that bristled with heavy guns and deeply entrenched defenders.
The Battle of Khe Sahn
During the Spring and Summer of 1967, North Vietnamese commander General Giap targeted III Marine Amphibious Force and South Vietnamese Army units stationed in and around Khe Sanh, in Northwestern Quang Tri province, with 3 NVA divisions. His goal was to create a second Dien Bien Phu by overrunning the base and dealing the US a psychological blow. Khe Sanh was besieged for 77 days. Marines hunkered down & fought back despite daily artillery barrages. Marine Col. David E Lownds, Commanding Officer at Khe Sahn, discusses tactics. Surviving copies of this film have a dramatic pink/blue color cast that we have been able to almost entirely eliminate through digital color correction.
John Huston's "Let there Be Light"
"Let There Be Light" was commissioned by the United States Army Signal Corps at the end of World War 2. There are no actors in this true life documentary. For the first time on film, Huston explored the diagnosis and treatment of what used to be called "battle fatigue" or "shell shock" among returning servicemen. This condition is now know as PTSD - post traumatic stress disorder. The film follows 75 U.S. soldiers who have sustained severe emotional trauma and depression while serving their country. You'll see their entry into a psychiatric hospital, treatment and, in some cases, eventual recovery. In 2010, this film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant"