First Fighters In New Guinea
Australia - Men listening to chaplain's sermon. Men
with equipment and guns packed to ship out to New Guinea. Promotion
ceremony. Engineering staff Major McNee congratulating officers.
Lunch time for the pilots with AUstralian beer. GIs loading
up on 2 ton trucks in motor convoy
Milne Bay - Views of harbor and sunken transports n harbor.
American GIs unloading and casuals shots on the dock area. Building
camp site, in coconut plantation near fighters strip. Australian
Beaufort landing. P-39 Airacobras landing on marston matting.
Using wing with RAF markings. After rain storm, flooded runway.
P-39s parked with drop tanks.
3-Mile (Kila Drome) P-38s landing at 3 mile,
Port Moresby and taxing. P-39s taking off. P-39s being serviced
in tropical heat, allison engine change and servicing with block
and tackle under canvas sheet. Pilots going to chow, boiling
water, bake shop, and signs around Milne Bay base. C-47 landing,
young native children. Completed camp at Milne Bay. P-38 pilots
in flight gear, from 80th Fighter Squadron after a mission and
describing dogfights with their hands.
January 1943, Japanese bombing
mission at Milne Bay, hit by bombers, fuel on fire and aircraft
destroyed on the ground. Burned out bombers and trucks. Japanese
tank abandoned off side of the road. Japanese prisoner blindfolded
with Australian guard. New Guinea sunset. General Wurthsmith
5th Fighter Command, decorating officers and men of the 36th
Fighter Squadron wearing dress uniforms. Yellow nosed P-38s of
the 80th Fighter Squadron, sign with 203 Japanese planes shot
down, signs around base came for 8th Fighter Group. [ More ]