Merrill's Marauders
& the 88th Fighter Squadron
in Burma (Restored)

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"This dramatic film contains all known footage of Merrill's Marauder's 5307th Composite Unit (provisional) secret deep penetration mission behind Japanese lines through the Burmese jungle to capture the airfield at Myitkyina in 1944. Almost unique among such film records, it was shot and is narrated by Sgt David L. Quaid, the combat cameraman who participated in the operation, giving an eyewitness perspective." Zeno,

Parts of the original film were damaged when dropped into a drainage ditch in transit from the battlefield. We have digitally restored those sections. See what that means here.

Supplied solely by air drops and what they could scrounge along the way, the Marauders (commanded by Gen. Frank Merrill) the fore-bearers of today's 75th Rangers, fought through incredibly rugged mountain terrain, dense jungles and rampant disease, engaging the enemy in fierce fire fights along the way.

The last third of the film is an up close look at 88th Fighter Squadron P-40 dive bombers flying out of the captured Myitkyina airfield, supplying very close air support for the Marauder's assault on the town itself. Highlights include distinctive skull marked P-40Fs, with pilots & support crews, unique from the cockpit views of P-40 dive bombing runs and 88th FS armorers custom fitting 250 pound Navy HE depth charges with fins & detonators for use against jungle fortifications.
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