Summary

Footage Information

Sherman Grinberg
GHOC
S-10
SR004497_02_01.mov
1/1/1945
US B-29 bombers firebomb Tokyo during World War II
[GHOC Episode S-10] Greatest Headlines of the Century title sequence / Title: "B-29s Over Tokyo" / [1940s] VS Tokyo beauty shots // military airplane sits on tarmac with jellied gasoline firebomb attached / CU firebomb / During demonstration of new firebombs, military airplane flies overhead, drops jellied gasoline firebomb on level ground; bomb hits ground, leaves trail of fire and smoke on impact / two planes fly low over level ground and drop two firebombs, which explode into fire trails // [1944, Peleliu Island] plane drops firebomb into hilly area during World War II / plane flies behind cloud of black smoke, drops another bomb / [1944, Saipan Island] Night: VS mechanics work on B-29 bomber which will carry firebombs to Tokyo / day: B-29 takes off / line of B-29s on airstrip / VS B-29s move on airstrip / [November 1944] US Generals Haywood Hansell and Emmett O'Donnell, Jr., look at document with final details of Tokyo firebombing plan / O'Donnell talks with Maj. Robert K. Morgan / flight crews assembled for briefing / briefing officer uses pointer on maps of Japanese cities / CU B-29 propellers spin as plane prepares to leave on mission to firebomb Tokyo / VS B-29 speeds down runway, ascends / VS B-29s fly in formation / [1945] B-29 drops firebombs / POV from bomb bay as bombs drop / aerial explosions / side view from camera plane as B-29s fly in formation / VS Tokyo citizens walk by ruined structures and rubble, with more damaged buildings in bg / VS rubble and destruction / men look at old-fashioned Japanese firefighting equipment standing in the middle of rubble / Japanese citizens approach, carrying umbrellas in the rain, and passing rubble // night: VS burning gasoline truck and airplanes destroyed in reprisal attack by Japan / B-29 bomber takes off from Saipan airstrip / WS crewmen on Saipan, silhouetted against sky as they wave / VS B-29 airplanes fly / black / end credits / Note: exact date of compilation not known
Haywood Hansell, Emmett O'Donnell Jr, Robert Morgan
Japan
Tokyo

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