Web Videos: Ploesti Missions, B-24 Liberators, P38 Lightnings & action in the Aleutians

Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In August 2011 Newsletter
Hello World War 2 & jet aircraft fans --
You are invited to drop by Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In to experince
our historic heritage through classic films
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six exciting World War 2 aviation & combat documentary films
playing over the Internet. This month we're commemorating the 68th
Anniversary of the heroic low level B-24 Liberator attack on the
Romanian oil fields at Ploesti - plus two more exciting documentaries
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
"98th Bomb Group Liberators Over Africa" Exclusive production.
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." Sadly, several of
these ships were filmed here for the last time before they were lost
over Romania. 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.
The Ploesti Missions - 2 Films
*Medal of Honor: Ploesti August 1, 1943 (1944, Black & White, 7:00)
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. Unescorted by fighters
and coming in literally at tree top level to surprise the enemy, 54
out of 162 of the attacking bombers were lost, along with 540 American
air crew. Every member of the attacking force was awarded a medal,
including 5 Medals of Honor, the highest decoration awarded by the U.
S. military. This film features dramatic action that has been shown in
countless documentaries. This is the original.
Air Siege Ploesti : March to August 1944 (1945, Black & White,19:30)
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. Accuracy suffered when smoke pots were used to obscure the
target, so P-38s were used as dive bombers to penetrate the defenses.
Soon P-51s helped to achieve total air superiority. By the fall of
1944, 90% of Romanian's oil production was knocked out. 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 that 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.
"Report From the Aleutians" Starting on June 3, 1942, 6 months after
Pearl Harbor, a small Japanese force occupied US territory on the
Alaskan islands of Attu and Kiska in the Aleutian chain. It took US
Forces a year to dislodge them, under harsh arctic conditions. This
classic color film, directed and narrated by Academy Award Winner John
Huston, shows the first offensive steps of the rapidly expanding Army
Air Force at the dawn of World War 2 in the Pacific. Rare early war
color footage includes P-39 Airacobras, the first operational
deployment of P-38E Lightning fighters, B-25 Mitchells, Navy PBYs and
some of the first missions flown by B-24 Liberator bombers by US
"P-38s: Angels in Overalls" was developed to show US Lockheed P-38
production line workers the Lightning at war in a wide variety of
combat roles. The dramatic framing for the piece involves a straggling
B-24 that is saved from certain destruction by the arrival of "Angels
in Overalls" -- P-38s. You'll see all aspects of Lightnings in action,
including air-to-air gun camera, bombing, rocketing and photo recon.
There's a cameo by Air Corps P-38 ace of aces Dick Bong too. This
dramatic film is a must see for all P-38 fans!
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Web Videos: Ploesti Missions, B-24 Liberators, P38 Lightnings &
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