Web Videos: Ploesti/B-24 Liberator Tribute, Supersonic B-58s & Merrill's Marauders

Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In Big August 2010 Newsletter
Hello Warbird Modelers --
You are invited to drop by Zeno's Drive-In
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month we're showing four films commemorating the 67th anniversary
of the heroic low level raid on the Ploesti, Romania oil fields on
August 1st, 1943 and the B-24 Liberators that flew it. Plus, we've got
two new premiers featuring the B-58 supersonic bomber and Merrill's
Marauders in action in Burma in World War 2.
As always, all of the videos showing on our web site are for your free
viewing pleasure. The movies playing at the Matinee are viewable in
both RealVideo and Windows Media Player streaming video formats
Now showing "At the Matinee" at Zeno's Drive-In
"B-58 Hustler: Swift, Capable, Versatile, Operational! Color New -
This film report from the US Air Force on the progress of the B-58
Program was produced by the Convair Division of General Dynamics in
January 1961. Highlights include B-58 crews scrambling from their '58
Chevy to get their Hustler airborne; the 18th Sept, 1959 low level
capability demonstration flight from Texas to California averaging
over 600 kts at altitudes below 500', unique film of a B-58's
automatic release of it's weapons pod at Mach 2, at over 50,000'; 43rd
Bomb Wing B-58s win SAC's 1960 Combat Competition, defeating 24 other
aircraft in both high & low level bombing classifications, and the
amazing string of speed and altitude records set at Edwards AFB in
January, 1961. Outstanding color B-58 Hustler footage throughout!
"Merrill's Marauders and the 88th Fighter Squadron in Burma " New
Premier Restored video. This dramatic film contains all known footage
of Merrill's Marauder's 5307th Composite Unit (provisional) secret
deep penetration mission behind Japanese lines through the Burmese
jungle to capture the airfield at Myitkyina. Almost unique among such
film records, it was shot and is narrated by Sgt David L. Quaid, the
combat cameraman who participated in the operation, giving an
eyewitness perspective. The last third of the film is an up close
look at 88th Fighter Squadron P-40 dive bombers flying out of the
captured Myitkyina airfield, supplying very close air support for the
Marauder's assault on the town itself. Highlights include from the
cockpit views of P-40 dive bombing runs and 88th FS armorers custom
fitting 250 pound Navy HE depth charges with fins & detonators for use
against jungle fortifications. Parts of the original film were damaged
when dropped into a drainage ditch in transit from the battlefield. We
have digitally restored those sections
Four films commemorating the 67th anniversary of the heroic low level
raid on the Romania oil fields on August 1st, 1943 and the B-24
Liberators that flew it:
"The 98th Bomb Group Liberators Over Africa " Exclusive production.
This 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." 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. You'll see Tobruk, Tripoli, Benghazi and more. This
is a priceless time capsule
The Ploesti Missions:
"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. Every member of the
attacking force was awarded a medal, including 5 Medals of Honor, the
highest decoration awarded by the U. S. military. Of the Medal of
Honor recipients, only Col. Leon Johnson, 44th Bomb Group, and Col.
Jon "Killer" Kane, 98th Bomb Group, survived the mission.
"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. 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 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/B-24 Liberator Tribute, Supersonic B-58s &
Merrill's Marauders
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