Enjoy the history of the 451st Bombardment Group in World War II with this discovered archival film footage. The 451st BG deployed to Italy in January 1944 where they were assigned to the 15th Air Force. They would spend their entire overseas deployment that ended 5 June 1945 in this assignment. This film begins with footage of the 451st flying formation in May of 1944. Watch footage for missions to Ploesti, Southern France and many other targets. It contains scenes of the men at their Castellucio Airfield Italy base and concludes with preparations to head home in May and June of 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 451st Bombardment Group men in action during World War II.
In constructing this film on the 451st 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.
180 Minutes of Black & White film. Mostly silent but a small amount of sound.
Read about a misson as seen on this DVD on the 451st mission to Ploesti on 22 July 1944.