319th Bombardment Group
319th Bombardment Group (319th BG)
Enjoy this history of the 319th Bombardment Group in World War II with this discovered archival film footage. The 319th BG deployed to North Africa in 1942 where they were assigned to the 12th Air Force and based at a number of places in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. In the fall of 1943 they moved to Sardinia. Following a refit in the US for over four months, they re-deployed to the Okinawa in Pacific Theater. This film primarily shows the time the 319th was stationed at Decimomannu, Sardinia with a brief scene of Okinawa where the were on V-J day in 1945.
Identified B-26 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 319th Bombardment Group in action during World War II.
In constructing this film on the 319th 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.
160 total minutes of silent black and white film footage. 90 minutes of the 319th that includes a mission briefing with audio (sound) of the men then 70 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 (Tunisian) targets and the bombardment of Pantelleria.
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