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    Various gun camera air shots of the planes attacking mainly ground targets - planes, airfields, moving trains, vehicles on roads etc. Low flying over countryside, firing at targets, smoke rising etc.

    Information on fighter command and dates also seen in the item.

    'VIII Fighter Command - Combat ilm No 5876 - T. R. V. Stryland 376 Squdn. - 6 June 1944 361 F.G. - attacking Ground Targets'.

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:30:47:00 / 01:41:50:00
    UN 1116 F
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    UN 1116 F
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    War & Revolution
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    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (3)

  1. jamied says

    All this footage was shot on D-Day, 6th June 1944.

    The footage from 0:28 to 1:38 was shot from the aircraft of Donald R Emerson of the 336th Fighter Squadron. (Emerson was sadly killed on Christmas Day the same year).

    The material from 1:42 to 2:57 is shot from the plane of Jim Goodson, again of 336th FighterSquadron. Goodson was brought down by flak just 14 days later, and he spent the rest of WWII as a POW.

    From 3:01 to 4:03 we see footage shot from the craft of John Furneaux of 351st Fighter Squadron.

    The action from 4:07 to 4:25 I believe to be shot from the P-51 Mustang of Lawrence Downey, (who was killed in action just 13 days later).

    4:29 to 4:40 shows footage from the craft of Abe P. Rosenberger of the 375th Fighter Squadron.

    From 4:44 to 5:03, footage from the plane of Estel C Alcorn of the 376th Fighter Squadron.

    From 5:07 to 5:29, action from the aircraft of Robert G Van Stryland of the 376th Fighter Squadron. He survived the war, dying in September 1966.

  2. jamied says

    5:32 to 6:49 features material shot from the plane of Captain Fred Christensen of the 62nd Fighter Squadron. (The following month Christensen would shoot down six enemy aircraft in a single engagement!. He ended the war with 21.5 victories). He survived the war, dieing in 2006.

    6:53 to 7:00 shows footage from the P-47 Thunderbolt of Kenneth Chetwood of the 350th Fighter Squadron.

    From 7:03 to 7:28, action from the plane of John W Stott of 328th Fighter Squadron.

    Footage from 7:32 to 7:37 is from the plane of Lt M. Godfrey of the 328th Fighter Squadron. (He would be listed as Missing in Action on 31st July 1944).

    From 7:41 to 7:48, material from the plane of Colonel William J. Cummings Jr, of the 357th Fighter Squadron.

    From 7:52 to 8:34, footage from the craft of Robert J Booth of 369th Fighter Squadron.

    8:38 to 9:33 is footage credited to a "H F Cuaner" of the 369th Fighter Squadron, who I've been unable to track down.

  3. jamied says

    From 9:37 to 9:40, footage from the P47 Thunderbolt of Lt William Newton III of the 84th Fighter Squadron. (He was to be killed in action on 5th July 1944).

    Footage from 9:44 to 10:40 comes from the plane of Bill Maguire of the 351st Fighter Squadron. He was killed in an aircraft accident (shortly after the war ended), on 11th August 1945.

    Finally, footage from 10:44 to 10:56 comes form the plane of Martin D Coffey of the 350th Fighter Squadron. He would be killed just 4 days later, on 19th June 1944.

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