Vids:WW2 Carrier Catapults, Ploesti Raids Showing @ Zeno's




 
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August 6th, 2005  
zeno
 

Topic: Vids:WW2 Carrier Catapults, Ploesti Raids Showing @ Zeno's


Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In August Newsletter: Four Cool Films for the Dog Days of August now showing at Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In

You are invited to drop by Zeno's Drive-In (www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com) and catch our latest World War II aviation features for free online video viewing. This month "At the Matinee," we're showing the return of two Drive-In favorites,"Raids on Ploesti" & "Collecting and Reporting Enemy Information for Fighter Pilots," and the debut of an exciting new feature, "Catapulting on a Carrier." All for free online streaming video viewing And there's a new addition to our "More Neat Stuff" section: excerpts from a real Douglas A-26 Invader attack bomber pilot's manual. (The downloads we added recently for Spitfire II and Me-262 pilot's manuals are extremely popular. Look for a download of a De Havilland Mosquito manual next month.)

* Catapulting on a Carrier World War II aircraft carriers depended on their catapults. This unique film offers a rare look (in color) at how US Navy carrier crews were trained to operate a steam catapults to launch aircraft, even from very short decks. As a bonus, you'll see GM FM-1 "Wildcats" up close, handled expertly on the tiny deck of a CVE "jeep" escort carrier. Built on merchant men hulls, the 78 jeeps were pressed into service for a variety of rolls, including anti submarine war in the Atlantic and covering amphibious landings in the Pacific, Their greatest moment came on Oct. 35, 1944, in the battle of Samar in the Philippines, when the CVEs of Task Group 77.4 (Task units "Taffy 1, 2, 4") launched a furious attack on Adm. Kurita's overwhelming task force and caused it to retreat. The CVE St Lo was lost and several others were heavily damaged, but the landing at Leyte was successfully protected.

Raids on Ploesti Double Feature -- August 1 marks the 62nd anniversary of the epic low level
B-24 raid on the Romanian oil fields
* Medal of Honor: Ploesti. On August 1, 1943 specially trained elements of the 8th and 9th Air Forces flying B-24 Liberators based in Benghazi Libya launched a daring low level attack on Ploesti, over 1,200 miles away. They struck hard, but the cost was high. Unescorted by fighters and coming in literally at tree top level to surprise the enemy, 54 out of 162 of the attacking bombers were lost, along with 540 American air crew. Every member of the attacking force was awarded a medal, including 5 Medals of Honor, the highest decoration awarded by the U.S. military. Of the Medal of Honor recipients, only Col. Leon Johnson, 44th Bomb Group, and Col. Jon "Killer" Kane, 98th Bomb Group, survived the mission.
* Air Siege Ploesti March to August 1944 The capture of the Foggia airfield in on the Adriatic in Italy in 1944 provided the 15th Air Force with a new base to launch a new series of Air attacks on Ploesti. This time, B-17s and B-24s attacked with fighter escort at high altitude. Losses were again heavy, with over 1,800 air crew lost to FLAK and enemy fighters. Accuracy suffered when defenders used smoke pots to obscure the target, so P-38s were used as dive bombers to penetrate the defenses. Soon P-51s helped to achieve total air superiority over the target. By the end of the Ploesti air campaign in the fall of 1944, 90% of Romania's oil production was knocked out, at a cost of 270 bombers and 49 fighters and their crews. Narrated by Ronald Reagan.

* Collecting and Reporting Enemy Information by Fighter Pilots" is a rare early war training film featuring Bell P-39 Airacobras of the "181st Squadron" carrying out a complete bomber escort and ground attack mission, with an emphasis on briefing sessions, gathering intelligence during a combat mission, and how to give accurate after action reports. Basic squadron tactics of the strike are also covered. Some excellent & rare P-39 footage.

If you haven't stopped by Zeno's Drive-In before, we also feature 1940-45 vintage WWII Army & Navy films on how to fly the F4U, F6F, P-38, P-39, P-40, P-47, P-51, P-61, TBF/TBM, AT-6/SNJ, B-17, B-24, B-25, A-20, A-26, B-26, B-29, Stearman N2S and a different WWII documentaries every month "At the Matinee." That's over 14 hours of rockin' props for free viewing over the internet,

Finally, we've revised, expanded, and updated our "Control Tower" links page, which has the largest collection of World War II Aviation links on the 'net So drop your flaps & drop in! That's http://www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com

Zeno

Vids:WW2 Carrier Catapults, Ploesti Raids Now Showing @ Zeno's
August 7th, 2005  
LeEnfield
 
 
Most aircraft launched from American Carriers used hydraulics catapults. In 1954 one burst on USS Bennington killing over a 100 men. The Steam Catapult was brought in to service by the Royal Navy in 1952, this was adopted by US Navy after this date.
August 7th, 2005  
zeno
 
I stand corrected.

I was relying on my memory (apparently of a more recent film) rather than reviewing "Catapulting from a Carrier" before writing my post.

I have corrected the descriptive copy on my web site.

Thank you for the "heads up" (& thanks to the RN for the steam catapult.)

Regards,

Zeno
www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com
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August 8th, 2005  
LeEnfield
 
 
No apologises required zeno, like you I find that my memory some times gets it wrong, my problem is that it covers such a span of time were so much has happened
August 13th, 2005  
LeEnfield
 
 
The worlds first through deck aircraft Carrier was designed by the Royal Navy. The first carrier ever to see action was in WW1 and was the Royal Navy in 1918 when they bombed the Zeppelin sheds. The first carrier that had a tower unit on the port side as all modern have was brought in by the Royal Navy. The Angle deck aircraft Carrier was a British Design. The Armoured deck on a carrier was a British Design, along with steam catapult. the first ships ever to use Jet aircraft were British. The first big raids by aircraft carriers were carried out by the British which destroyed a large chunk of the Italian fleet in Toronto and it was this raid which led the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbour. The first Battle ship to be sunk by aircraft from a carrier happened in a British attack in North Africa against the French Fleet. One thing the Americans did bring in was arrester wires.
August 13th, 2005  
zeno
 
And don't leave out the fact that the RN was the first to successfully employ the F4U Corsair fighter inr sustained carrier operations, largely through the development of a curved landing approach, which allowed the pilot to keep the flight deck in sight longer before touch dowm The same landing approach was later adopted by the USN, who had initially given up on the Corsair for carriers as being too difficult foor rookie pilots to land. The new approach, along with a number of structural mods, allowed the Corsair to stay inUSN carrier service through the Korean war.

BTW, I'm afraid the Canadians may be a little bit angry when they discover that it was the the RN who attacked "Toronto" back in 1940, OTH, the citizens of Taranto, Italy, will be very relieved. javascript:emoticon('')
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Zeno
September 7th, 2005  
tomtom22
 
 
It is unfair to the paying advertisers of this site to allow anyone to advertise for free. It is also against the rules to do so. If you want to advertise on this site, please contact Redleg, the site administrator.
September 7th, 2005  
zeno
 
Redleg approved them last month,

Regards,

Zeno
September 8th, 2005  
tomtom22
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by zeno
Redleg approved them last month,

Regards,

Zeno
OK, he's the final word.