Mission to Rabaul - Nonstop action in the South West Pacific 1943

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Rabaul, a large natural harbor on the eastern end of the huge Island of New Britain (located northeast of New Guinea in the Southwest Pacific) was an essential strategic linchpin for the Japanese from which they could project their forces throughout the region. They poured tens of thousands of troops, hundreds of airplanes, and thousands of tons of supplies and material into this base to make it a mighty fortress. The Allies' brilliant solution to the Rabaul conundrum was to isolate it, slowly starve it, and bypass it -- rather than assault it directly.

This dramatic, high impact documentary film shows some of the most memorable, exciting, and extensive footage of 5th Air Force B-25G bombers conducting tree top level attacks with machine guns and delayed action bombs to come out of World War 2 .The first step in the reduction of Rabaul was the seizure of a string of Japanese bases along the Northeast coast of New Guinea.

The film focuses on the decisive and revolutionary impact of the air component in the strategy, including high & low level attacks, parachute drops, and resupply, accompanied by a magnificent musical score drawn from Holst's "The Planets." You're literally sitting in the cockpit or in the tail gunners seat watching amazing low level attack runs. You'll also see P-38s, A-20s, B-25s and B-24 cooperating with US Australian and New Zealand Forces securing forward air bases to strike against Rabaul and for the invasion of New Britain. "Mission to Rabaul" shows how each piece of this classic strategy culminated inevitably in the first escorted, massed bomber strike on Rabaul on 12th October, 1943 an essential goal in the reduction of Japanese defenses.

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Автор John Hunter ( назад)
The weird background music is annoying.

Автор Allison Hunt ( назад)
Wee-Wack. Now that there is just funny. I don't care who you are.

Автор David Ross ( назад)
Can you imagine what 125 Lightnings looked like attacking? Must have been

Автор Oilsmoke Jones ( назад)
those working airplanes sure look a lot different than the ones in museums,
even the ones in flying museums...

Автор Tom Murphy (1795 лет назад)

Автор Ari Bjarnason ( назад)

Автор resculptit ( назад)
A silly video - - check the planes - first a P-52 and then a B-17...

Автор resculptit ( назад)
This only showed that the bombings were great at knocking down trees and
cracking coconuts. It shows little other information as to hitting the

Автор verbusen ( назад)
That soundtrack is cool, like a 1920's German horror film. The second
narrator sounds a lot like William Conrad but if this was released during
the war it probably wasn't him since he was a fighter pilot then. If this
came out after the war was over it could be him.

Автор Tom Last ( назад)
My father flew with the Marines out of Bouganville. I was hoping for some
video from there. He flew F4Us from the same field (Torokino) as "Pappy"
Boyington, and flew against Rabaul. Guess I'll keep looking.

Автор J.D.@rt ( назад)
Wow, the Pacific is an enormous location in the world(and fittingly the
location of among the largest naval battles in the world). It's astounding
to think of the Japanese and Allied navies moving and fighting around
thousands of miles stretches of ocean and islands in World War 2. If the
Eastern Front was the largest land conflict in history, the Pacific Front
has to be the largest naval conflict in history.

Автор resculptit ( назад)
This video really didn't need back-ground Music. And I would have rather
heard about the guns and bomb types used on the planes rather than the
sounds of their engines with music. 

Автор darren monks ( назад)
I like how they immaculately fail to mention Australians are basically
doing all the ground fighting in New Guinea and the important role of the
RAAF (particularly Beaufighters). however, I could only watch the first 15

Автор Panzerdeal ( назад)

Автор Panzerdeal ( назад)
As for competition over supplies...didn't you mean 5 and 7 af, there Robin.

The major USAAF combat organizations in the region was Thirteenth Air
Force, which was formed in November 1942 as a command and control
organization to organize many widely separated Seventh Air Force and
independent units scattered in the South Pacific Area during the Solomon
Islands campaign. As the war progressed, Thirteenth Air Force units moved
into the South West Pacific theatre and coordinated their activities with
Fifth and Seventh Air Force units in New Guinea, the Netherlands East
Indies and Philippines during 1944 and 1945.

Автор Robbi496 ( назад)
the story aside (Which is good) I love the fact that the music is from
Stravinsky's "The Fire Bird"

Автор Bill Bright ( назад)
We Wak, the garden spot of the south west Pacific.

Автор Gil Giley ( назад)
America unity at its' best. Don't mess with the Sleeping Giant. 

Автор Irvin bennett (The Opinionater) ( назад)
My father and uncles fought this war. It was true total war. Hundreds were
killed every single day . 


Автор Joe Flatley ( назад)
Portions of the soundtrack remind me of "Gladiator."

Автор J Roberts ( назад)
Great upload!, The logistics, manpower and sacrifice during WWII was
staggering. Having spent the last 14 years in ME conflicts I often wonder
if we could support the same level of effort on multiple fronts as
effectively as that generation. Well done.

Автор ZenosWarbirds ( назад)
For more info on B-25s modified for ground attack, watch another video on
my channel: Medium Bombardment & Attack Featuring the B-25" Medium
Bombardment & Attack with the B-25 Mitchell 1945

Автор MakeMeThinkAgain ( назад)
The adaptation of the B-25, usually a high altitude bomber, to low level
strafing with 8 to 12 fixed .50 cal machine guns in th nose was one of the
most brilliant theater adjustments of WW2.

Автор I Boarshock ( назад)
Interesting in-house doc from the 5th AF. Obviously they wanted to make
sure they weren't being forgotten way out in the SW Pacific, what with
Europe, North Africa, and the Mediterranean getting most of the attention
back home in 1943.

The music, by the way, is various selections from Igor Stravinsky's
Firebird Suite and Gustav Holst's The Planets, with a little tiny bit (I
believe) of Ferde Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite during the pretend 'travelog'
portion involving the 'family' on the airfield.

Автор chillchillpill ( назад)
Terrific old-fashioned accents - "warn tharsand parnd barms are drarped".
Does anyone still talk like that? 

Автор RonJohn63 ( назад)
Anyone else recognize Holst's "Mars, the Bringer of War" during the first
raid on Wewak?

Автор Stefan Korica ( назад)
Why did Japanese attack USA when they had shity army,i mean they probably
could have better tehnology but they lackd alot of materials in their
homeland to make aircrafts... and even if they had better ships and planes
they wouldnt stand a chance against USA industry... 

Автор Panuel Manuke ( назад)
I am Maureen Dapal from Rabaul on New Britain Island PNG. My father lived
during the war - he was actually 3 years old when the war arrived.
He stayed in a dug out hole in the ground and survived only on coconuts.
He told me that eventhough a large amount of bombs was dropped on the
island not plenty people were killed - and few received injuries minor and
serious injuries.

Автор thedoubledog ( назад)
WWII Bomber footage never fails to amaze. The tonnage it took to destroy
targets was amazing. Most bombs and bombing campaigns caused very little
damage. Was any enemy ship EVER sunk never mind hit by a B-17?
Skip-bombing and strafing were effective, though.

Автор wenaldy ( назад)

Автор 大津太郎 ( назад)
帝国海軍航空隊よ永遠なれ! 祖国は君たちの勇気を忘れることはない!

Автор 37Dionysos ( назад)
Had an uncle in the "Air Apache" squadron called "Rough Raiders," flew in a
B-25, and a father's friend in a like unit. The latter said they used to
call up the Japanese just before arriving to bomb and tell them "We're
gonna kick your ass and there's nothing you can do about it." The Japanese
would reply, "Roosevelt eat shit! Roosevelt eat shit!"

Автор aczjbr ( назад)
historical film and very good

Автор SassyHershsey SassyHershey ( назад)
I wish the writers wouldn't put in their nonsense about what "man fells
like" they have no idea what a man feels like in 1943. Just the facts as
much as they can't lie. It's so annoying.

Автор Redoubt South ( назад)
The 5th AAF was amazing in the Pacific after Gen. Kenney took over. They
took B-25s, removed the bombardier nose equipment and loaded it with Ma
Deuces (50 cals) for strafing. They also rediscovered some old parafrag
bombs that allowed them to bomb at low altitudes while making strafing runs.

It's all quit a story for those into history.

Автор subslr ratcliff ( назад)
well done

Автор Brian Davies ( назад)
I lived in PNG in the mid 60's and from 1970 thru to 1981 in Lae, Port
Moresby, Rabaul, Madang Wewak, and have seen most of the smaller areas
mentioned in the ops. I have the utmost admiration for all armed services
who endured the enemy, malaria,and every other disease that were thrown at
them, I am proud to have known many older civilian Australians who served
as Coast Watchers, and to have enjoyed the warmth & friendship of the
native population who had so many atrocities done to them by the Japanese.
It's a pity the country today seems more of a hell hole than what it was
during WW 2.

Автор nightlightabcd ( назад)
More forgotten battles in forgotten places. Even the big battles will only
be remembered by historians in the future, like so many forgotten battles
and wars of the distant past. WW1 and WW2 wars will be remembered but the
battles may well be forgotten. In the distant future, when these films no
longer exist, it will be the archeologist that will find evidence to prove
or disprove that such battles even ever too place.

Автор LesPaulExpress ( назад)
LOVE IT! Smash and grab. Tree-hopping with B-25s is so cool.

Автор Withab BJ ( назад)
Met a lot of your vets from the 3rd BG (13th and 89th BS) 5th AF USAAC.
I have a piece of metal from one of the A 20s that crash landed on Low
Wooded Island near Cooktown Australia. The veterans that flew it,/worked
on it also got pieces of that aircraft. Lest We Forget. 

Автор Andreas Aichner ( назад)
the jungle is being bombed there?


all the poor animals die miserably - great performance!

typical American just ....

Автор Adam Mangler ( назад)
The music is interesting - mostly a mixture of Beethoven's Ninth and Mars
from Holtz' Planet suite - Mars.

Автор Adam Mangler ( назад)
These clips are rare and awesome! Thanks so much for posting!

Автор Resolved White ( назад)
I like the part the talk of prayer, we must not forget to live for God and
Country. My dad was a gunner on the B-17 , my next door neighbor growing up
was the top gunner on the B-25 in the Pacific, he talked how the japs cut
off heads and rolled them down the hill to his camp at night. I love to
repent as a nation or we can lose our nation.

Автор ap xpandy ( назад)
Fantastic documentary - thanks!

Автор Jack Inderbockz ( назад)
All on your own no RAAF chaps even mentioned.

Автор yowwwwie ( назад)
My dad was in the Pacific, Commander Anti Aircraft Artillery from 1943 to
1946. I've been trying to trace his activities in the 161st army but many
of the films only focus on air and not ground troops. Do you have any films
showing the invasion of Lingayen Gulf-Luzon, Phillipines, Jan 9th, 1945?

Автор mloaks ( назад)
love the Mars soundtrack!

Автор Jonno2summit ( назад)
@ Ozark man- Oh me too! I was looking at the film of the bombing, and
trying to match up individual bomb strikes to existing craters, but looks
like most of them are overgrown now. Thanks to Zenos we can investigate
this stuff and go to bed way too late. lol

(Youtube has been improved into the dirt like many other things online, so
I can't reply to comments directly. The Reply button never lights up.)

Автор Ozark man ( назад)
the B-25s had .50s installed in their noses and later models a 75mm cannon
that along parafrags allowed them to wreak havoc

Автор cdnski12 ( назад)
Seems risky to use B-25 Aircraft to strafe Jap Airports. I guess the B-25's
had the range to carry out such activities. Seems like a lot of the bombs
hit the Jungle?

Автор resculptit ( назад)
Many of the people involved in making these war and military propaganda
movies later went on to do great works in Hollywood and television news
networks in the 50s and 60s. John Huston is probably one of the Most
famous of these. His films about the islands of the Aluetians in Alaska
were predecessors to "Midway" and several of Humphrey Bogart's films. 

Автор Jonno2summit ( назад)
Thank you for posting these films. I'm able to get on google earth and find
lost airstrips and follow along with some of the footage. Wewak is still
riddled with bomb craters for anyone who wants to check it out on GE.

Автор Gregg Heilman ( назад)
Here is another You Tube it tells how the 11 TH BGH at Hickam Field was
in WORLD WAR TWO from the first seconds to the last minute. The ONLY AIR
CORP FORCE UNIT TO do so. There wasn't even an Eighth Air Force yet, it
would months later and the 11 TH was already in the Pacific fighting and
dying for you and me.


Автор Gregg Heilman ( назад)
My father was stationed at Hickam Army Air Corp Base. The US ARMY AIR CORP
LOST MEN AND PLANES before Japanese even reached Pearl Harbor and the Navy.
My father lost two friends within seconds of the FIRST PLANES coming over
their Air Field. The Japanese planned to destroy the Army Air Corp before
going after the Navy. Yet December 7 is forever Pearl Harbor Day, how about
the USAAC men who died before anything was dropped in Pearl Harbor?

Автор MsLilyhorse ( назад)
The B-25's and A-20 were stripped of their side and rear armament. Forward
facing turrets were retained and 4-6 .50's were added in pods in the nose.
So you could have 10 forward firing .50's - withering fire. They would
come in low and drop para-frags - bomb with parachutes right into
revetments to destroy airplanes. Against shipping they would drop skip
bombs with delayed fuses right into the sides of barges and transports.

Автор hansikatz ( назад)
My Dad was there, a navigator/bombadier on B-25s - 345th BG, 500th BS. At
49:00 - 50:00 are planes of his outfit, identified by the white stripe
around the fuselage just behind the wing. Maybe he was in one of those
shown. After New Guinea he flew in campaigns in the Philippines and in
Indo-China. The final strafer version of the B-25 was probably the
heaviest armed US aircraft in WW2, with 18 machine guns. Some also were
fitted with cannons. Sort of a spiritual forerunner of the A-10 of today.

Автор Gina Wilson ( назад)
and full of inaccuracies. The footage is good ..turn down the sound and use
academic references for the facts. 

Автор Jarosław Brecht ( назад)

Автор Michael Hollier ( назад)
thanks zenos

Автор jack60091 ( назад)
My father was at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack. His ship was the
U.S.S. Solace and the only hospital ship in the Pacific until 1944. He
mentioned this attack. He died this year at 94. The war in the Pacific was
brutal with no holds bared. Rest in Peace Dad I miss you.

Автор 375GTB ( назад)
B-25s turret were moved forward, then got a tail gunner and waist gunners.
Bother to READ, before opening up with nonsense.

Автор Brian Downes ( назад)
you don't get side gunners in a fighter

Автор Brian Downes ( назад)
they sunk enough ships in that big harbor you are not safe in a bomber
attwenty thousand feet some anti aircraft shells go higher than that.when I
went int rabaul in 1946 on an Australian frigat it two hours to do about
qne mile there were so many jap ships sunk

Автор Ridvan ÇİÇEK ( назад)

Автор robert garcia ( назад)
wow so all the planes so high did they hit anything? uh the music ? is not
with the documentary who picked it? great photos guys so what is going on
there today??

Автор jonlove1969 ( назад)

Автор Ethercruiser1 ( назад)
Great collection of actual footage from the real events.

Автор Monte Olsen ( назад)
Zeno, once again, thanks for restoring and putting up these videos. A great
group of men is represented here, and I hope their history is taught better
in schools than it has been for at least a decade and probably more. Your
work fills the gaps. Is there an equivalent site for our ground troops?
Thanks again.

Автор ZenosWarbirds ( назад)
Glad you lived to tell us about it!

Автор MarsFKA ( назад)
In 1971/72, I worked for a year in Lae and saw leftovers from the war every
day. One day, I was cutting the grass on what passed for the front lawn of
my apartment block and my slasher went clang on something under the hedge.
I pulled the something out and found myself holding a corroded 3-inch
anti-aircraft shell. I put it down very carefully, tip-toed away and called
the police.

Автор 375GTB ( назад)
Oscar is a Betty! Jeeze

Автор 375GTB ( назад)
A-20 Havocs are LIGHT attack bombers! Never mentioned..

Автор 375GTB ( назад)
Most of what I see are "Ds" The mid-ships turret No tail guns.. J's moved
the turret forward, got the tailgunner and side gunners..

Автор Vsshooter ( назад)
My father did not fly, but he did feed the guys that did. 432nd Squadron
475th Fighter Group. They were on this mission also.

Автор Anthony Salvatore ( назад)
To the boy's who fought and died in unwanted wars.

Автор Bull Cedar ( назад)
My dad was with the 317th troop transport. He earned a bronze star flying
into Wau, New Guinea. The 317th was in action from Port Moresby through to
Japan. Dad made it home, went to college and taught high school. He died in

Автор ZenosWarbirds ( назад)
Stu -- I think you and your kids will also enjoy "The Stilwell Road & the
China-Burma-India Campaign" which is also posted on my YouTube Channel,
ZenosWarbirds. I cant post the url here in a reply, but you'll find it if
you search my channel. Zeno

Автор Stu Art. ( назад)
Thanks for making this old Documentary available on the web. For a number
of reasons.This classic historical film will assist my kids and I to know
about what the Pacific War was like for their Aussie grandfather, (my Dad).
I flew over some of this area in a commercial jet a year or so ago, also
lived on one of the islands for a few days, I can identify - in a small
way- with the ruggedness of PNG. Some of WW2's bloodiest battles for future
freedom were fought in the Pacific. "Lest We Forget"

Автор David Floren ( назад)
10:32 ... 1,000 "pound" bombs were dropped. "Followed by crates of M-80's
and Ladyfingers, no doubt!" he snickered. "I wonder if each 1 lb. bomb
costs 1,000 British Pounds? I wonder if that was a bargain?" he mused,
aloud. A military man overhearing this responded, "There's a 1,000 lb. bomb
we're saving just for you. We'll let you stand underneath it when it falls."

Автор offshoreboats ( назад)
Outstanding video. Nice to see the B-25Js

Автор Phased Array ( назад)
Wow some of the best strafing and combat footage I've ever seen from a WW2

Автор Resolved White ( назад)
My father was a nose gunner on the B-17, later he became a United pilot and
retired as captain on the DC-8. IN GOD WE TRUST

Автор Jason Sylvester ( назад)
I want to thank you for digitally restoring and posting this video - my
Grandfather served with the 49th Fighter Group, 8th squadron from 1942-45,
and took part in these air campaigns - Wewak, in particular. He took a lot
of pictures while he served in the SW Pacific, and a lot of the restored
footage in this documentary looks like it could have been from some of the
air fields he served on during the war. Thanks again for posting this!

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