"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.
* Interrogation of Enemy Airmen 1943 From the CIA Archives. Techniques for Air Intelligence Officers for interrogating captured German, Italian and Japanese pilot's and aircrew. Shows how different national characteristics and individual personalities should be adapted to and dealt with. Includes interrogation recreations of POWs conducted by actual U.S. intelligence officers plus much more on intelligence gathering methods.
* Merrill's Marauders and the 88th Fighter Squadron in Burma
* Operation Carpetbagger: Air Dropping Agents and Supplies into Nazi Occupied Europe From the Archives of the Central Intelligence Agency. Shows the super secret O.S.S operation run out of Harrington, England for air dropping supplies and agents into Nazi occupied Europe. Highlights include mission planning and flight operations briefing sessions and a very detailed account of how different kinds of weapons, ammunition and other supplies were packed in custom containers and loaded onto specially modified B-24s for moonlit parachute drops.