Web Videos: Ploesti Missions, B-24 Liberators, P38s & action in the Aleutians

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  1. zeno303

    zeno303 Member

    Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In August 2011 Newsletter

    Hello World War 2 & jet aircraft fans --

    You are invited to drop by Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In http://www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com/ to relive our historic heritage through classic films

    See six exciting World War 2 aviation & combat documentary films playing over the Internet. This month we're commemorating the 68th Anniversary of the heroic low level B-24 Liberator attack on the Romanian oil fields at Ploesti - plus two more exciting documentaries. You can also follow us on Twitter @ZenosWarbirds to see previously unreleased WW2 films from Zeno's vault & more

    As always, all of the videos showing on our web site are for your free viewing pleasure.

    Now showing "At the Matinee" at Zeno's Drive-In

    "Report From the Aleutians" NEW Starting on June 3, 1942, 6 months after Pearl Harbor, a small Japanese force occupied US territory on the Alaskan islands of Attu and Kiska in the Aleutian chain. It took US Forces a year to dislodge them, under harsh arctic conditions. This classic color film, directed and narrated by Academy Award Winner John Huston, shows the first offensive steps of the rapidly expanding Army Air Force at the dawn of World War 2 in the Pacific. Rare early war color footage includes P-39 Airacobras, the first operational deployment of P-38E Lightning fighters, B-25 Mitchells, Navy PBYs and some of the first missions flown by B-24 Liberator bombers by US forces.
    "P-38s: Angels in Overalls" was developed to show US Lockheed P-38 production line workers the Lightning at war in a wide variety of combat roles. The dramatic framing for the piece involves a straggling B-24 that is saved from certain destruction by the arrival of "Angels in Overalls" -- P-38s. You'll see all aspects of Lightnings in action, including air-to-air gun camera, bombing, rocketing and photo recon. There's a cameo by Air Corps P-38 ace of aces Dick Bong too. This dramatic film is a must see for all P-38 fans!
    "98th Bomb Group Liberators Over Africa" Exclusive production. Recently discovered footage shows Medal of Honor winner Col. John R. "Killer " Kane and the men of the 98th Bomb Group in the Summer of 1943, shortly before the heroic, costly Ploesti mission, at their desert base in Benghasi/Benina, Libya. You'll see legendary B-24s like "The Vulgar Virgin," "The Sandman," and "War Cloud." Sadly, several of these ships were filmed here for the last time before they were lost over Romania. There's an unexpected gem too. Soon after the Axis surrender in Tunisia, 9th combat cameraman Jim Bray hitched a ride on a B-24 and filmed all the major North African targets the 98th had hit from the air, from El Alemein to Tunis.
    The Ploesti Missions - 2 Films
    *Medal of Honor: Ploesti August 1, 1943
    On August 1, 1943, specially trained elements of the 8th and 9th Air Forces flying B-24 Liberators based in Benghazi Libya launched a daring low level attack on Ploesti, over 1,200 miles away. They struck and struck hard, but the cost was very high. Unescorted by fighters and coming in literally at tree top level to surprise the enemy, 54 out of 162 of the attacking bombers were lost, along with 540 American air crew. Every member of the attacking force was awarded a medal, including 5 Medals of Honor, the highest decoration awarded by the U. S. military. This film features dramatic action that has been shown in countless documentaries. This is the original.
    * Air Siege Ploesti : March to August 1944
    The capture of Foggia in Italy in 1944 provided the 15th Air Force with a base to launch a new series of air attacks on Ploesti. This time, B-17s and B-24s attacked with fighter escort at high altitude. Losses were heavy, with over 1,800 air crew lost to FLAK and enemy fighters. Accuracy suffered when smoke pots were used to obscure the target, so P-38s were used as dive bombers to penetrate the defenses. Soon P-51s helped to achieve total air superiority. By the fall of 1944, 90% of Romanian's oil production was knocked out. Narrated by Ronald Reagan.
    "B-24s Get Back" Many of the B-24 crews who survived the Ploesti missions swore that they owed their lives to their rugged Liberators. This remarkable film that shows how B-24s overcame incredible battle damage to bring their crews home. Numerous examples of seemingly critically damaged B-24s making it back. This is a fascinating instructional training film too, with specific techniques to bring your badly crippled ship down safely. Some great B-24 combat footage!
    "B-24 Liberators Over Europe" A remarkable film produced by the Eighth Air Force from combat camera footage showing B-24s in action over Europe. From Ploesti to Berlin, you'll discover memorable Liberator scenes not found anywhere else, including pulse pounding air attacks. You'll see B-24 crews up close too, along with their ships.

    If you haven't stopped by Zeno's Drive-In before, we also feature 1940-45 vintage WWII Army & Navy films and pilot's manuals on how to fly the F4U, F6F, P-38, P-39, P-40, P-47, P-51, P-61, TBF/TBM, AT-6/SNJ, B-17, B-24, B-25, A-20, A-26, B-26, B-29, and Stearman N2S. Alert! - don't miss the F-86 & B-58!

    Free admission for all. That's over 14 hours of rockin' World War II props & jets for free viewing over the Internet!


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    Web Videos: Ploesti Missions, B-24 Liberators, P38 Lightnings & action in the Aleutians
  2. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Great website to visit. Thanks for posting it!

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