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