• Short Summary

    US bombers raid Japanese held islands in Pacific - American newsreel item.

  • Description

    American newsreel story:

    Title reads: "Air death - a B24 shot down in Carolines raid".

    Various shots B24 bombers flying over Japanese held islands in the Pacific ocean, near the Caroline islands. Aerial shots bombs dropping towards ground. More shots airborne plane. Aerial shots bombs exploding on impact. More shots bombs dropping. Various shots of Liberator bomber being hit and crashing in flames.

    Notes:
    This plane was nicknamed "Brief". Serial Number 44-42058. It had taken off from Angaur Airfield, flying on a bombing mission against anti-aircraft installations on Koror, Palau Islands. Whilst over Koror, the B-24 was hit by anti-aircraft fire . The fuselage fell in a flat spiral until it crashed. 10 crew members were on bored. 9 were killed in the crash except the Navigator, 2nd Lt Wallace F. Kaufman. He was captured by the Japanese and executed.

    There was a myth surrounding this footage that it was an American bomb striking the wing of the plane. However, a cleaned up version of the film has been analysed and it shows that the wing is struck from the below. So it was not friendly fire.

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    Film ID:
    2184.14
    Media URN:
    64368
    Group:
    Unissued unused
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    Sound:
    sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:32:19:00 / 01:33:27:00
    Canister:
    UN 1424 C

Comments (8)

  1. jamied says

    The aircraft seen losing its wing here is a Consolidated B-24M heavy bomber of the U.S. 7th Air Force, Serial Number 44-42058, nicknamed "Brief".

    The craft was staffed by 10 crewmen plus one passenger. All but one died in the incident, the survivor later being executed by the Japanese.

    Reports vary on whether the incident occurred on May 3rd, or May 4th, of 1945.

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  2. Unknown user says

    Thank you for this information. We have put it in the notes.

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  3. jamied says

    Also seen in this clip, from 0:07, is a Consolidated B-24J Liberator of the 7th Air Force, Serial Number 44-40729, nicknamed "Hay Maker". This aircraft thankfully survived the war.

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  4. amabbasi says

    I visited the Kennedy peak Myanmar(Burma) just few weeks back.Construction carried out on the top has marred the historical value of the peak.A beautiful pagoda stands on the exact location where the main Japanese forces command post must have been.The bunkers and trenches still remain,showing the formidable nature of the defending force and the battle cries and the final assault slogans of the brave hearts of the 2nd punjab regt who over ran that majestic feature,echo in a deafening silence.
    I have a treasure of beautiful photographs of the peak and the journey to the top.Any one interested may email me for the same.If these are demanded for posting on this site,i may be advised ,how to do it.
    It is a journey worth making.
    amabbasi

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  5. Bobo LaTuque says

    This plane was not brought down by anti-aircraft fire; a falling bomb from a plane above it struck— and went through— the left wing root, causing the wing to lose integrity and simply fall off.

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  6. woodford says

    Did they get the Japs ?

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  7. bunting vj60 says

    For Bobo LaTuque:

    The plane "Babes in Arms" was hit by flak:
    Pilot: Jack Arnett
    Co-pilot: William Simpson
    Navigator: Arthur Schumacher (survived the crash)
    Bombardier: Frank Arhar
    Engineer: Robert Stinson
    Gunner: Leland Price
    Gunner: Earl Yoh
    Tail Gunner: Jimmie Doyle
    Radio: John Moore (survived the crash)
    Photographer: Alexander Vick (survived the crash)
    Radio: Charles Goulding

    For Woodford:

    Two of the three survivors either died or were executed.

    Execution was the most likely consequence of capture by the Japanese in the Pacific. One survivor was definitely executed (as jamied says in his post).

    There's an interview of the Japanese officer (Tetsuji Katsuyama) who beheaded the survivor: "Last Flight Home" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRG2EBffxxg) ... this is at 44 minutes 27 seconds into the video.

    The Japanese were fighting a losing war: they could not look after prisoners. Of the 1,400 Japanese defenders on Angaur, 1,350 were killed and 50 captured.

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  8. bunting vj60 says

    Watching the video again, it seems that Schumacher, Moore and Vick did survive the crash and were interrogated by the Japanese.

    A witness (interviewed in the video) says "I saw them led into the headquarters of the Japanese military police ... in Ngatpang in the jungle" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngatpang).

    Another witness says "They were asking the prisoners a lot of questions. Then at 5'oclock they put them in a car and drove away. (There were) two Japanese with the prisoners and another three on the back of the jeep. One of them had a sword."

    The interviewed Japanese Officer said "I told him that I received the order. Soldiers dug a hole that was deeper than one metre. He was calm and quiet. I respected his attitude. I think he said 'this is ludicrous' ... then, as he was sitting there, I cut his head off. Whenever I passed his grave after that day I saluted it. I wanted to tell him I was sorry. I wish I had more common sense as a human at that time."

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