WWII Footage: Japanese Kawanishi H8K Taking Hits And Going Down

WWII Footage: Japanese Kawanishi H8K Taking Hits And Going Down | World War Wings Videos

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This short clip for an Allied fighter plane shooting down a Japanese Kawanishi H8K is actually a part of a full feature documentary film called The Fighting Lady. Released in 1944, the film follows the seemingly mundane lives of sailors aboard USS Yorktown (which was not explicitly stated in the film for security reasons at the time) as they travel from the shipyard to the South Pacific. 

Promotional film poster for The Fighting Lady. | Public Domain

Once there, however, heavy fighting began. The crew took part in the attack on Marcus Island, then Truk and eventually in the Marianas Turkey Shoot. 

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) underway during the Marianas operation, in June 1944. The ship is painted in Camouflage Measure 33, Design 10A. Aircraft of Carrier Air Group 1 (CVG-1) are spotted on the flight deck: 16 Grumman F6F Hellcat fighters, five Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bombers, and seven Curtiss SB2C Helldiver dive bombers. The photograph was received by the U.S. Naval Photographic Science Laboratory on 17 July 1944. | U.S. Navy photo 80-G-238298 / Public Domain

As a side note, after watching the film himself, Gregory “Pappy Boyington told producers they got some of the footage of the prison camp he was held at. There’s also a shot of the pit in which he and other prisoners hid in while the Allies were bombing the island he was on.

USS Yorktown went on to earn to earn 12 battle stars during World War II and 5 during Vietnam. She is now a National Historic Landmark at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Charleston, N.J.

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