321st Bombardment Group
321st Bombardment Group (321st BG)
Enjoy this history of the 321st Bombardment Group in World War II with this discovered archival film footage. The 321st BG deployed to Ain M'Lila, Algeria, North Africa in March 1943 where they were assigned to the 12th Air Force. They moved to Souk-el-Arba and Soliman Tunisia, then to Grottaglie, Italy, in October. April of 1944 found the 321st in Corsica. This film begins with them at their base at Ain M'Lila.
Identified B-25 Mitchell aircraft are seen on the ground at their bases in Algeria, Tunisia, Italy and Corsica and in the air giving the viewer a unique look and visual record of the 321st Bombardment Group in action during World War II.
In constructing this film on the 321st 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.
230 total minutes of silent black and white film footage. 160 minutes of the 321st including some great mission briefing and debriefs with audio/sound of the men and 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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