Enjoy the history of the 450th Bombardment Group in World War II with this discovered archival film footage. The 450th BG deployed to Italy on 20 December 1943 where they were assigned to the 15th Air Force. They would spend their entire overseas deployment that ended 12 May 1945 at the same base in Manduria. This film begins with the Cottontails on a very difficult mission for the 15th AF to Steyr, Austria on 23 February 1944. It continues with missions and at their base through the spring and summer concluding with a scene in early 1945.
Identified Consolidated B-24 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 450th Bombardment Group men in action during World War II.
In constructing this film on the 450th 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.
104 Minutes of Black & White film. Mostly silent but a small amount of sound.
Read more about one of the chapters on this dvd https://www.militarycinema.com/blog/cottontails-of-the-450th-bombardment-in-flight/ a mission to San Stefano.