Compilation of great quality original color guncam reels from the Pacific War 1944-1945.
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Source material is from The National Archives.
Footage has been:
– Digitally restored
– Upscaled to FHD
– Edited together from various archive film reels
by Look in The Past channel.
After 1942, the United States made a massive effort to build up its aviation forces in the Pacific, and began island-hopping to push its airfields closer and closer to Tokyo. Meanwhile, the Japanese were unable to upgrade their aircraft, and they fell further and further behind in numbers of aircraft carriers. The forward island bases were very hard to supply—often only submarines could get through—and the Japanese forces worked without replacements or rest, and often with inadequate food and medicine. Their morale and performance steadily declined. Starvation became an issue in many bases.
The American airmen were well-fed and well-supplied, but they were not rotated and faced increasingly severe stress that caused their performance to deteriorate. They flew far more often in the Southwest Pacific than in Europe, and although rest time in Australia was scheduled, there was no fixed number of missions that would produce transfer back to the States. Coupled with the monotonous, hot, sickly environment, the result was bad morale that jaded veterans quickly passed along to newcomers. After a few months, epidemics of combat fatigue would drastically reduce the efficiency of units.
The most know fighter planes of the pacific war:
American side: P-40 Warhawk, F4F Wildfat, F6F Hellcat, P-51 Mustang, P-38 Lightning, F4U Corsair
Japanese side: KI-100, KI-102, KI-45, A5M, A6M, J2M, Ki-43. Ki-44
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