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Title:WAR PICTORIAL NEWS NO 133 - AMERICAN VARIANT [Allocated Title]
Film Number:WPN 282
Summary: An edition of the British official newsreel "War Pictorial News", produced by the Ministry of Information, Middle East aimed at an American audience (most likely US Forces).
Description: I. 'BLITZING GERMAN AIRFIELDS.' This item duplicates Item I of WPN 133.
II. 'ITALY DAY BY DAY.' This item duplicates Item II of WPN 133.
III. 'NEWS FROM ENGLAND.' This item duplicates Item III of WPN 133.
IV. 'RUSSIA.' This item duplicates Item IV of WPN 133.
V. 'US BOMBERS SMASH JAP BASES IN SOUTH PACIFIC.' Camera gun footage shows a United States (US) interdiction attack on a Japanese airfield on the Northern coast of New Guinea. Aerial footage shows United States Army Air Force (USAAF) bombs impacting on Japanese jungle positions. USAAF North American B-25 Mitchell bomber aircraft drop delayed action bombs on a Japanese airfield during a low-level attack. Smoke rises over the Gilbert and Ellice Islands. USN Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers attack Japanese merchant shipping off Tarawa. A Dauntless "traps" on the deck of an unidentified USN aircraft carrier. Brief footage shows USN ratings indulging in horseplay during a crossing the line ceremony.
Production Details: Ministry of Information, Middle East (Production sponsor)
War Pictorial News (Production company)
Martin, Charles (Production individual)
Keating, Rex1910-02-142005-01British newsreel commentator, WW2 period (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: combat, United States - air strike (object name)
recreation, United States military - casual (object name)
New Guinea (geography)
Gilbert and Ellice Islands & Tarawa (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: Arabic
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 919 ft; Running time: 10 mins
Notes: Summary: item V has an American commentary. This issue was presumably assembled by the WPN team for exhibition to US forces in the Middle East in the absence of a complete US newsreel.