47th Bombardment Group
47th Bombardment Group (47th BG)
Enjoy this history of the 47th Bombardment Group in World War II with this discovered archival film footage. The 47th BG deployed to North Africa in the fall of 1942 where they were assigned to the 12th Air Force. In the spring of 1943 they were based at Souk-el-Arba, Algeria. After leaving Africa they moved a number of times in Sicily and Italy. This film begins with an awards ceremony at Souk-el-Arba, and continues as they were stationed at Vesuvius and Grosetto, Italy where they would remain until Victory in the Europe.
Identified A-20 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 47th Bombardment Group in action during World War II.
In constructing this film on the 47th 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.
125 total minutes of silent black and white film footage. 54 minutes of the 47th then 71 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 targets and the bombardment of Pantelleria.
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