Enjoy this history of the 2nd Bombardment Group in World War II with this discovered archival film footage. The 2nd BG deployed to North Africa in the spring of 1943 and this film begins with them at their base at Navarin, Algeria. It continues with scenes at Bizerte, Tunisia while assigned to the 12th Air Force. Watch the men of the 2nd when assigned to the newly formed 15th Air Force at their base in Amendola, Italy where they would remain until Victory in Europe in 1945.
Identified Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft are seen on the ground and in the air at their various bases and the viewer gets a unique look and visual record of the 2nd Bombardment Group in action during World War II.
In constructing this film on the 2nd Bombardment Group, we have watched hundreds of hours of film footage. We have utilized a variety of sources for research. What has remained is identified footage. We present this material without any narration (sound) added. Footage contained has not been enhanced in any way. Some may be over exposed, other clips dark and even items may not have ideal focus. Nevertheless, we want to present the most comprehensive record of this group on film.
These are not documentary wwii movies, they are not hollywood produced films but the raw original footage taken by the photographers of the Army Air Forces Combat Camera Units. Much of the footage was digitized from 16mm and 35mm film reels.
124 total minutes of silent black and white film footage. 62 minutes of the 2nd then 62 minutes that includes listening to the three commanders, Doolittle, Spaatz and Eisenhower discuss the victory in North Africa. Also, see results of the air war with destroyed North African targets and the bombardment of Pantelleria and Ploesti.