WW2 Web Videos: Air Action in the Pacific: Carriers, Black Cat PBYs, B-29s, Midway, Rabaul & more

Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In November 2011 Newsletter
Hello World War 2 aircraft scale modelers --
You are invited to drop by Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In
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view this months flight of six classic World War 2 aviation videos
streaming over the Web. This month we're showing nonstop air action in
the Pacific Theater.
As always, all of the videos showing on our web site are for your free
viewing pleasure. NEW Follow us on Twitter
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see previously unreleased videos from Zeno's vault, sneak previews
of new productions and more!
Now showing "At the Matinee" at Zeno's Drive-In
"The Story of the Black Cat PBYs" Revised edition with restored
print. This restoration was particularly satisfying for us. After many
hours of archival research, the identities of the previously
undisclosed secret PBY base shown in this film and the men who flew
from it are revealed for the first time in this exclusive new release.
During World War 2 that info was all "Top Secret" and kept from the
public. Designed primarily as a reconnaissance and antisubmarine
amphibious patrol plane, the big twin engined PBY Catalina's super
long range, all weather capability, capacity to lug both bombs and
radar, ability to loiter for hours hunting convoys and operate from
anywhere in the watery PTO, made it an ideal naval night attack
bomber. One of the least known stories of the war in the Pacific,
these black painted PBY "VPB" ('Patrol Bombing") squadrons spread
destruction and chaos far out of proportion to their small numbers.
"John Fords Battle of Midway" Digitally restored. Directed by four
time Oscar Winner John Ford. This stirring documentary was shot by
Ford during the intense June 4th Japanese carrier plane attacks on
Midway Island and by Navy Combat Cameramen aboard the USS Yorktown
during the epic carrier battle, along with color gun camera film of
air to air and air to sea combat. Highlights include memorable scenes
from the Marine Base on Midway, airfield B-17s leaving to attack the
Japanese fleet, patrolling PBYs, action packed Japanese attacks on the
Yorktown and Midway, and up close shots of the Yorktown's squadron VF3
and their F4F Wild Cats, including aces John S. "Jimmy' Thach ("The
Thach Weave") and Lt. E. Scott McCuskey.
"Mission to Rabaul" Exclusive Digital Audio & Video restoration This
exciting, high impact documentary shows some of the most memorable
footage of 5th Air Force B-25G bombers conducting tree top level
attacks with machine guns and delayed action bombs to come out of
World War 2.The first step in the reduction of the Japanese island
fortress of Rabaul was the seizure of a string of Japanese bases along
the Northeast coast of New Guinea. The film focuses on the decisive
and revolutionary impact of the air component in the strategy,
including high & low level attacks, parachute drops, and resupply,
accompanied by a magnificent musical score drawn from Holst's "The
"Saipan Superforts" Exclusive original documentary from Military Arts
Pictures This recently discovered footage shows the 73rd Bomb Wing,
based on the island of Saipan in the Marianas, operating against Japan
in early 1945. You'll see B-29 pilots & crews on R&R and on mission in
their magnificent Superfortresses. The fates of many of the B-29s seen
in this picture are documented during the film. Some made the ultimate
sacrifice. You'll see a gallery of memorable 73rd Bomb Wing nose art
too -- all in living color. "The "maximum effort" take-off scene is an
awe inspiring combination of 18 cylinder engine roar and a musical
score that's guaranteed to raise goose bumps.
"The Fleet that Came to Stay" 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, in the
Ryukus, a key stepping stone for the invasion of the Japanese home
islands. 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. "The Fleet that came to stay" tells the
high tension story of the air defense of the landing beaches with
some of the most exciting and dramatic air combat footage to come out
of World War II.
"The Fighting Lady" We color corrected color this print from the
National Archives and it really brings this film to life! "The
Fighting Lady" follows the fictional career of an Essex Class aircraft
carrier from the Marcus Islands campaign, through Tinian, Truk, the
"Mariana's Turkey Shoot" and much more. But don't let the term
"fictionalized" miss lead you. All of the footage shown in this
fascinating composite documentary is real -- shot by combat cameramen
on board ship and in the air, showing actual Navy and Marine pilots
and crewmen up close and personal. ("The Fighting Lady was actually
the nickname given to the Yorktowns, CV-5 & CV-10.) You'll see
dramatic action showing Hellcats, Hell Divers, Corsairs on deck and in
the air, including exciting dive bombing, anti-aircraft, and gun
camera footage and some amazing walkaway crash landings.
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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WW2 Web Videos: Air Action in the Pacific: Carriers, Black Cat PBYs,
B-29s, Midway, Rabaul & more
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