325th Fighter Group
325th Fighter Group (325th FG)
Enjoy this history of the 325th Fighter Group in World War II with this discovered archival film footage. The 325th FG deployed to North Africa in early 1943 where they were assigned to the 12th Air Force. By the fall of 1943 they were based in Italy and assigned to the 15th Air Force where they were flying new P-51 Mustang aircraft. This film shows their arrival in North Africa and then activity from their base in Lesina, Italy where they would remain until Victory in Europe in 1945.
Identified P-40 Warhawk and P-51 Mustang 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 the325th Fighter Group in action during World War II.
In constructing this film on the 325th Fighter 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.
68 total minutes of silent black and white film footage. 32 minutes of the 325th then 36 minutes that includes listening to the three commanders, Doolittle, Spaatz and Eisenhower discuss the victory in North Africa. Also, see film on the bombardment of Pantelleria.
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