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National Archives and Records Administration The Last Bomb Department of Defense. Department of the Air Force. (09/26/1947 - ) [Stock Footage] ARC Identifier 65631 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-18486. Summary: Miscellaneous scenes showing B-29 maintenance scenes, planning room scenes showing plotting board and discussion of target area, Tokyo. Then shows formations of B-29s and P-51s, Japanese terrain, aerial combat with Japanese aircraft, B-29 dropping bomb loads and fighter aircraft strafing targets. (Shot list to follow.) 1) CU natives weaving baskets. 2) LS across airfield showing B-29 parked in hardstands. 3) MCU tug pulling two aircraft engines. 4) EXT CU mechanic working on aircraft. 5) CU mechanics working on aircraft engine. 6) EXT CU No. 2 engine starting. 7) CU No. 3 engine starting. 8) CU No. 4 engine starting. B-29. 9) INT shot showing instructor pointing to map. 10) Five men sitting around table; one officer gets up, goes to map, discussing point on map. Marking on chars: "Plan Room." C.O. rises to leave room, other officers rise when he does. Officer collects papers. (C.O. is Curtis E. LeMay).) 11) MCU three officers standing in back of table, all seated at once, discuss notes and notebooks. 12) CU notebook. 13) MS two maintenance men hauling bombs over to aircraft. 14) MS showing maintenance crew checking aircraft. 15) MGS on large plotting table with mission project marked with pins and ribbons. 16) Military man receives instructions on paper, climbs on table and moves some of the pins and ribbons. Target area is a map of Japan -- target, Tokyo. 17) LS planning board, planning progress and missions chart in bg. Two scenes in planning room showing officers receiving message over phone, relaying it to typist. Typist hands copy to officer who records it in log, then places it in chute. 18) ADS on B-29 in flight. [...] Good (Basic: Orig Koda, 16mm)
Length: 24:30

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