Online Videos: Kamikazes, Looping B-47s, Zemke’s W olf Pack, B-26s & Bulge Action

Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In Big September 2009 Newsletter
You're invited to drop by Zeno's Drive-In
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to take in this month's five exciting combat documentary films playing
for free over the Internet, including three Drive-in Premiers showing
for the first time.
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
=93The Fleet that Came to Stay=94 New - Premier! In March, 1945, the US
Army, Navy and Marines, with the support of the British Pacific Fleet,
launched "Operation Iceberg" against the Japanese Island of Okinawa, a
key stepping stone for the invasion of the Japanese home islands. US
troops landed successfully, leading to one of the bloodiest land
battles in world War II. In response over the next tree months, the
Japanese launched a series of terrifying kamikaze suicide aircraft
attacks from land bases only 350 miles away against the screening
Allied naval forces. The Japanese flew 1,900 sorties, sinking dozens
of Allied ships and killing more than 5,000 U.S. sailors at the cost
of 1,465 kamikaze planes. 2,200 other Japanese and 763 U.S. aircraft
were also destroyed during the battle. Although no major warships were
lost, several fleet carriers were severely damaged and knocked out of
action. "The Fleet that came to stay" tells the high tension story of
the defense of the landing beaches with some of the most exciting and
dramatic air combat footage to come out of World War II. You'll see
nonstop action including determined Kamikaze attacks through a forest
of FLAK, extensive gun camera film taken from US carrier planes
defending the ships, and exciting air to ground attacks as Admiral
Mitcher's planes struck back at Japanese air bases. An added bonus are
some remarkably clear shots of a captured (?) Japanese Kawasaki KI 61
Hien "Tony" fighter.
=93Boeing B-47 Combat Maneuvers=94 New - Premier! In 1954 the Air Force
conducted a series of maneuver tests that showcased the B-47's medium
bomber's outstanding agility. Theses tests were specifically designed
to explore the B-47s ability to 'toss bomb." The aircraft would
approach the target low and at high speed, pull up sharply, open bomb
bay doors, using momentum to literally fling the bomb towards the
target and then execute the rest of a half loop Immelman turn so that
they were flying back in the opposite direction at the top of the
loop. This maneuver allowed the bomber to drop nuclear and high
explosive weapons at low altitudes without danger of blast damage or
flying directly over heavily defended targets. Seeing the big, sleek
B-47 execute this maneuver (and barrel rolls too!) is truly memorable.
Cameras located all over the aircraft give unique views during the
test flights
=93Ramrod to Emden=94 - Restored Print The 56th Fighter Group (made up of
the 61, 62 & 63 squadrons) was one of the most storied Air Corps units
of World War II. Home to aces like David Schilling (22 kills), Frances
"Gabby" Gabreski (28), Robert S. Johnson (27), Fred Christensen
(21.5), Walker Mahurin (21), and CO Hubert "Hub" Zemke (18), the 56th
blazed an early trail across the skies of the ETO in their massive,
but deadly P-47 Thunderbolts. "Ramrod to Emden" is the story of the
Dec 11, 1943 bomber escort mission (aka "a ramrod") to Emden, Germany.
As you'll see in the film, the 56th encountered heavy, determined
opposition from Germans, but it proved to be an exceptionally
productive day. With Lt. Col. Schilling leading 50 planes of the
group, they claimed 17-0-5, with two aircraft lost in a midair
collision and no aircraft lost to enemy action. Allied bomber losses
were minimal.
=93White Tailed Marauders=94 -- Exclusive Restored Color Production Rare
color film of B-26 Marauders in action in the Spring of 1945. See the
453rd, 454th, 455th, and 455th Bomb Squadrons operating against
Germany from their base in Laon, France. All color footage really
brings this bygone era startlingly back to life. Special treats
include escorting P-38s and a round trip mission. A must for Marauder
fans everywhere!
=93The Battle at St Vith -- New Premiere ~ World War II Classics Theater
~ This remarkable 1-hour documentary combines eyewitness testimony
from key participants on both sides of a critical engagement in the
Battle of the Bulge with outstanding archival footage, detailed maps,
and a return to revisit the actual terrain where each phase of battle
was fought. A linchpin of the offensive was the early seizure of the
road and railroad crossroads of St. Vith. The Battle at St. Vith shows
how a hastily formed, ad hoc group of American units managed to delay
an overwhelming Panzer force for five critical days before being
forced to withdraw, dealing the German plan an insurmountable delay.
From the German side, you'll hear frustration in the voices of Von
Runstedt's Chief of Staff, General Siegfried Westphal and General
Hasso von Manteuffel, whose 5th Panzer Army was tasked with seizing St
Vith, when they give lengthy reports on the battle. On the American
side, you'll hear vivid accounts of an aggressive defense from Gen.
Robert Hasbrouk, Commander of 7th Armored, Col Gusten Nelson (28th
Infantry), Gen William Hoge (9th Armored), Colonels Oliver Patton &
Thomas J Riggs (106th Infantry), and General Bruce C Clark, Commander
Combat Command B, 7th Armored, who led the spirited deference of the
St Vith perimeter. In a series of memorable face-to-face
conversations, Generals Clark and Von Manteuffel compare notes on the
battle. And don't miss rare late war footage of advanced German
weaponry, including "King Tiger" tanks in action.
If you haven=92t stopped by Zeno=92s Drive-In before, we also feature
1940-45 vintage WWII Army & Navy films and pilot=92s 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! =96 Alert! There=92s been an F-86 sighted over Zeno=92s Drive-In!
That=92s over 14 hours of rockin=92 World War II props & jets for free
viewing over the Internet!
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