99th Bombardment Group
99th Bombardment Group (99th BG)
Enjoy the history of the 99th Bombardment Group in World War II with this discovered archival film footage. The 99th BG deployed to North Africa in the Spring of 1943 where they were assigned to the 12th Air Force. They based at Navarin, Algeria in late February and then Oudna, Tunisia on 4 August. They then moved to Tortorella Airfield in Italy in December and assigned to the newly created 15th Air Force where they would remain until V-E Day. This film begins with the Diamondbacks in Navarin and a mission to Rome on 19 July; onto Oudna then scenes of Tortorella and missions from 28 March through late April 1945.
Identified Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 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 99th Bombardment Group men in action during World War II.
In constructing this film on the 99th 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.
The footage in this movie contains film of the 99th when they were assigned to the 12th AF and 15th AF.
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.
360 total minutes (6 hours !) of black and white film footage. The majority of the footage is silent, however there is some unique sound 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 a film on Pantelleria and captured German footage showing the results of the bombardment of Ploesti, Rumania by the Allies.
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