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by John Ford
Narration by Henry Fonda

16mm color flim
18 minutes

Language: English

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The Battle of Midway (1942)

View The Battle of Midway (1942) on YouTube. This U. S. Navy documentary written and directed by John Ford who at the time was head of the photographic unit for the Office of Strategic Services making documentaries for the Navy Department with the rank of Commander. Narration by Henry Fonda, Donald Crisp, and Jane Darwell.

The original film is part of the National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) motion picture collection Identifier: 65422, Local Identifier: 342-USAF-16985. This film won an Oscar for best documentary during the 15th Academy Awards in 1943.

This documentary includes color film footage of the Battle of Midway from Midway Airfield on Eastern Island. During the attack, Ford was shooting from atop a power plant and was wounded by shrapnel.

The documentary shows B-17E Flying Fortress bombers arriving at Midway Airfield and one with a bomb bay fuel tank for extended range, plus them taxing, taxing off, being refueled and crews being briefed. The footage includes many of the bombers in standard olive drab and Hawaiian Air Depot (HAD) three color camouflage scheme markings including: B-17E 41-2437, B-17E 41-2524, B-17E 41-2648 and B-17E 41-2632.

Review by  Justin Taylan  

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October 23, 2019

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