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World War II Aviation Series
Film Collection

Price: $14.97     SKU: A211     Qty:

World War II was an era of rapid development in aircraft technology - and aircraft led war successes - from new ways to transport troops behind enemy lines, to aerial combat to bombing raids capable of decimating entire cities and battalions. This collection of films covers all these aspects of WWII aviation and much more.

Here are the contents of this collection:

Birth of the B-29 (1945)


Learn how the B-29 was designed, manufactured and tested.

Producer: U.S. Army Air Forces
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 20:06


Air Army Invades Germany, 1945/04/05 (1945)

This newsreel contains a variety of clips - including: (1) "When the entire Rhine front explodes into action the First Allied Airborne Army takes flight for the Westphalian plains. From an observation post Gen. Eisenhower and Prime Minister Churchill watch the sky trains roar by overhead. The drop area reached, thousands of chutes float to the ground from twin side-door C-46 carriers, while giant C-47 tow planes release their gliders. Despite damaging resistance the gliders land with their jeeps and other materiel. Shortly, Nazi troops are marched in as captives, and this airborne invasion becomes one of the most successful in the history of warfare. Flail Tanks - The Canadian First Army uses huge tanks with heavy rotating chain beaters in front of them which explode any and all buried Nazi road mines." scenes of 1500 planes and gliders join in major invasion across Rhine in north, Churchill and Ike observe, parachutes from C-46 filling the sky with billowing parachutes, gliders land, plane crashes, artillery, 4000 prisoners taken. (2) Coblenz Key to Saar Captured - "With tanks leading the way, units of Gen. Patton's U.S. 3rd Army advance on Coblenz, the thousand-year-old transportation center. Repeated air bombings and heavy artillery fire have reduced the city to ruins, from which the Nazis offer scattered resistance. Tom Priestley, Universal cameraman, covers the entire action. Soldier dead litter the ground. A loud speaker is used to demand and direct surrender and several thousand Nazi prisoners are collared. White flags flutter from the few remaining ancient homes. Ancient Ehrenbrightstein Castle, used by the Germans as a fortress, is a battered pile of ruins. American tanks rumble through the narrow streets, and head eastward, deeper into Germany." scenes of Universal's Tom Priestley operating camera to make films, soldiers fighting street by street in the town, Germans surrender to Patton's 3rd Army (3) New French Sky Giant - "Secretly built during Nazi occupation, a gigantic 6 motor French flying boat is now unveiled. It takes off and flies as gracefully as anything in the air." (4) Airborne Division Decorated - "In a stirring speech, Gen. Eisenhower awards the Presidential Citation to the famous 101st Airborne Division for its heroic defense of Bastogne. Steel-helmeted Marlene Dietrich joins the entire reviewing party in saluting the 101st." scenes of Eisenhower honors Screaming Eagles, Ike speaks on 1st time decoration given to an entire division, Marlene Dietrich salutes.

Production Company: Universal Studios
Audio/Visual: sound, b&w
Run time: 6:52


Curtiss-Wright Shorts (7 Subjects) (1944)

A collection of 7 commercials for Curtiss-Wright Aeronautical plants during WWII. It contains a variety of scenes of various parts of airplanes being built and includes some excellent footage of combat aircraft.

Producer: Jam Handy Organization
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 8:58


D-Day Minus One (1945)


A history of the operations of the U.S. 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions in the 1944 invasion of France. It shows all the steps that were taken prior to D-Day to get the troops ready for a successful landing - including scenes of troops being air dropped behind enemy lines to support the frontal attack on Normandy the next day.

Producer: U.S. Army Air Forces
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 16:45

Mission Accomplished: The Story of the Flying Fortress

Experience an autumn 1942 bombing run of B-17s as they drop their deadly load over occupied Europe.

Producer: U.S. Office of War Information, Bureau of Motion Pictures
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 10:39


News Parade: Bombing of Pearl Harbor (1942)

This news segment covers the deadly attack on Pearl Harbor and the S.S. Normandie Fire in New York.

Producer: Castle Films
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 9:35

Special Delivery (1946)


This Air Force film shows a variety of military jets and bombers with a primary emphasis on dropping an atomic bomd on the Bikini Atoll as part of Operation Crossroads.

Producer: U.S. Army Air Forces
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 11:49

When You Know (1936)


The pre WWII film was created to show the similar skill sets needed for both safe flying and for safe driving. It includes footage of Army Air Force cadets learning morse code, having reaction time and depth perception tests performed and doing classroom activities to get them ready to be successful pilots.

Producer: Handy (Jam) Organization
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Run time: 8:31

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