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Freycinet
05-24-2004, 04:46 PM
Here's the IMDB link to a fabulous movie:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036823/combined

"Fighting Lady" contains amazing gun cam footage in COLOUR. Both ground strafing and air to air. Lots of it!

It was all shot in the Pacific War and the movie received the Oscar in 1945 for Best Documentary.

If Pacific fighters manages to look just a bit like this it will be fantastic. What comes to mind when I see the gun cam footage here is that we need...

- More curving tracers that arc far ahead of the target and go right into convergence with the target plane.

- Much more spectacular explosions and fire from the japanese planes that are hit. Literally sheets of flame flying back from wings and fuselage.

(Quote from IMDB users index about the film: )
"Security being an important wartime measure, this aircraft carrier's name was classified as a result. However, most of the footage, above and below decks, about life aboard a carrier was filmed aboard the newly commissioned ESSEX class carrier, YORKTOWN. She was named and sponsored by Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt January 1943 after the "OLD YORKY" which was lost during the The Battle of Midway

The Navy Department reported that at least 75 percent of the documentary footage was shot aboard YORKTOWN, with the remaining footage shared between HORNET and TICONDEROGA. And one scene filmed aboard BUNKER HILL.

Before shaping a course for Panama and transit through the canal, and while still on her shakedown cruise in the Caribbean Sea Frontier Area, Commander Frank "Spig" Wead, the crippled naval aviator turned screenwriter was instrumental in getting YORKTOWN's captain, J.J. "Jocko" Clark to allow Twentieth Century Fox to film some background shots for the new war movie, "Wing and a Prayer", starring Dana Andrews, Don Ameche, and Charles Bickford.

The carrier transits and clears the Panama Canal and shapes a course out into the Pacific. So YORKTOWN along with her ESSEX class sisters would become, before Japan surrendered, the champions of the Pacific naval campaign. They were to carry the ball, the sunday punch, all the way to Tokyo Bay.

Of all the combat photogaphy recorded it was the aerial footage that was impressive for its time. With the strafing and bombing of ground targets on Marcus Island YORKTOWN's aviators receive their baptism of fire. They could now call themselves combat veterans. Then there is the strike against the large Japanese naval anchorage at Truk Lagoon in the Carolines.

Appearing on the film with members of his staff is Vice Admiral Marc A. "Pete" Mitscher. Also present with Mitscher but not named was Rear Admiral John S. "Slew" McCain. His grandson being Lt Commander John S. McCain III. The Viet Nam war veteran. Now serving as the Senator for Arizona.

There is a fine aerial shot of the carrier task force resting at anchor at Majuro Atoll in the Marshal Islands early in 1944. Three of YORKTOWN's sister ships are present along with the older battle-hardened veteran the venerable ENTERPRISE. Also at anchor the battleships INDIANA, and a NEW MEXICO class battleship along with cruisers, destroyers and other support ships. Standing out and conspicuously painted white overall, BOUNTIFUL AH-9, a naval hospital ship.

During the assualt on the Marianas Islands June 1944 the Japanese Mobile Fleet launched 373 aircraft to attack the U.S. Fleet. The combined squadrons of YORKTOWN and her sister carriers of Vice Admiral Mitscher's Task Force 58 inercepted the attack, with the loss to the enemy of more than 300 airplanes destroyed. So the Battle of the Phillipine Sea was to become just as famously known as, The Great Marianas Turkey shoot.

Plaudits then are well deserved for Edward Steichen but certainly no less to Dwight Long and other photgraphers who presided over the job of shooting thousands of feet of 16mm Kodachrome film stock. The film actor Robert Taylor was the narrator. His voice was crisp and clear and easy recognizable.

Twentieth Century Fox's Darryl F. Zanuck was not known to be very interested about releasing the documentary under the Fox logo. That's untill he was persuaded to view it. He was impressed by what he saw. The story goes that he suggested giving it the title, "The Fighting Wench"! Who would not have cringed at such a brain dead title as that! An ungracious suggestion indeed. So recorded for posterity was a fine 60 minute documentary. The 1944 Oscar it received was indeed, well deserved."

[This message was edited by Freycinet on Mon May 24 2004 at 03:54 PM.]

Freycinet
05-24-2004, 04:46 PM
Here's the IMDB link to a fabulous movie:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036823/combined

"Fighting Lady" contains amazing gun cam footage in COLOUR. Both ground strafing and air to air. Lots of it!

It was all shot in the Pacific War and the movie received the Oscar in 1945 for Best Documentary.

If Pacific fighters manages to look just a bit like this it will be fantastic. What comes to mind when I see the gun cam footage here is that we need...

- More curving tracers that arc far ahead of the target and go right into convergence with the target plane.

- Much more spectacular explosions and fire from the japanese planes that are hit. Literally sheets of flame flying back from wings and fuselage.

(Quote from IMDB users index about the film: )
"Security being an important wartime measure, this aircraft carrier's name was classified as a result. However, most of the footage, above and below decks, about life aboard a carrier was filmed aboard the newly commissioned ESSEX class carrier, YORKTOWN. She was named and sponsored by Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt January 1943 after the "OLD YORKY" which was lost during the The Battle of Midway

The Navy Department reported that at least 75 percent of the documentary footage was shot aboard YORKTOWN, with the remaining footage shared between HORNET and TICONDEROGA. And one scene filmed aboard BUNKER HILL.

Before shaping a course for Panama and transit through the canal, and while still on her shakedown cruise in the Caribbean Sea Frontier Area, Commander Frank "Spig" Wead, the crippled naval aviator turned screenwriter was instrumental in getting YORKTOWN's captain, J.J. "Jocko" Clark to allow Twentieth Century Fox to film some background shots for the new war movie, "Wing and a Prayer", starring Dana Andrews, Don Ameche, and Charles Bickford.

The carrier transits and clears the Panama Canal and shapes a course out into the Pacific. So YORKTOWN along with her ESSEX class sisters would become, before Japan surrendered, the champions of the Pacific naval campaign. They were to carry the ball, the sunday punch, all the way to Tokyo Bay.

Of all the combat photogaphy recorded it was the aerial footage that was impressive for its time. With the strafing and bombing of ground targets on Marcus Island YORKTOWN's aviators receive their baptism of fire. They could now call themselves combat veterans. Then there is the strike against the large Japanese naval anchorage at Truk Lagoon in the Carolines.

Appearing on the film with members of his staff is Vice Admiral Marc A. "Pete" Mitscher. Also present with Mitscher but not named was Rear Admiral John S. "Slew" McCain. His grandson being Lt Commander John S. McCain III. The Viet Nam war veteran. Now serving as the Senator for Arizona.

There is a fine aerial shot of the carrier task force resting at anchor at Majuro Atoll in the Marshal Islands early in 1944. Three of YORKTOWN's sister ships are present along with the older battle-hardened veteran the venerable ENTERPRISE. Also at anchor the battleships INDIANA, and a NEW MEXICO class battleship along with cruisers, destroyers and other support ships. Standing out and conspicuously painted white overall, BOUNTIFUL AH-9, a naval hospital ship.

During the assualt on the Marianas Islands June 1944 the Japanese Mobile Fleet launched 373 aircraft to attack the U.S. Fleet. The combined squadrons of YORKTOWN and her sister carriers of Vice Admiral Mitscher's Task Force 58 inercepted the attack, with the loss to the enemy of more than 300 airplanes destroyed. So the Battle of the Phillipine Sea was to become just as famously known as, The Great Marianas Turkey shoot.

Plaudits then are well deserved for Edward Steichen but certainly no less to Dwight Long and other photgraphers who presided over the job of shooting thousands of feet of 16mm Kodachrome film stock. The film actor Robert Taylor was the narrator. His voice was crisp and clear and easy recognizable.

Twentieth Century Fox's Darryl F. Zanuck was not known to be very interested about releasing the documentary under the Fox logo. That's untill he was persuaded to view it. He was impressed by what he saw. The story goes that he suggested giving it the title, "The Fighting Wench"! Who would not have cringed at such a brain dead title as that! An ungracious suggestion indeed. So recorded for posterity was a fine 60 minute documentary. The 1944 Oscar it received was indeed, well deserved."

[This message was edited by Freycinet on Mon May 24 2004 at 03:54 PM.]

F16_Fatboy
05-25-2004, 12:44 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=400102&f=26310365&m=303106514

My copy should be here any day noW!!

FLSTF

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No105_Swoose
05-25-2004, 04:57 AM
http://www.patriotspoint.org/

The USS Yorktown featured in "The Fighting Lady" has fortuately been preserved and forms part of the Patriot's Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, USA. I visited it several years ago and can highly recommend it to anyone interested in World War Two carrier aviation.