A cinematic record of US military operations on the Aleutian Island of Adak to retake Japanese occupied Kiska.

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Milton Ashkin ...
Himself - USAAF Fighter Pilot (as Maj. Milton Ashkin)
Lyle A. Bean ...
Himself - USAAF Fighter Pilot (as Lt. Lyle A. Bean)
Jack Chennault ...
Himself - USAAF Fighter Pilot (as Col. Jack Chennault)
C.M. McCorkle ...
Himself - USAAF Commander (as Col. C.M. McCorkle)
Hawley P. Nill ...
Himself - USAAF Fighter Pilot (as Lt. Hawley P. Nill)
William Prince ...
Himself - USAAF Commander (as Col. William Prince)
George I. Radell ...
Himself - USAAF Fighter Pilot (as Lt. George I. Radell)
Henry J. Strenkowski ...
Himself - USAAF Fighter Pilot (as Lt. Henry J. Strenkowski)
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A official documentary movie about the misson of the US forces on an island of the Aleutians, from which US bombers are attacking the Japanese occupied island Kiska. The movie includes footage from a bombing raid over Kiska with B-17 and B-24 bombers. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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30 July 1943 (USA)  »

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Les Aléoutiennes  »

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Narrator-director John Huston was nearly killed during filming of a B-17 and B-24 bombing raid over Japanese-occupied Kiska. See more »

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Progress of Japanese Halted in Award-Winning Documentary
19 September 2001 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

Director John Huston, while a member of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1943, creates an Academy Award winning documentary, which he narrates with assistance from his actor father Walter, treating of the Armed Forces' successful effort to prevent the fall of the Aleutian Islands to advancing Japanese troops who had captured several islets. Although no claim can be reasonably made that this location was of major strategic importance during the War, it presented enormous tactical and logistic difficulty for those assigned there, and Huston's color film demonstrates the determined ensemble work upon the outpost of Adak by a wide range of military specialists who combat loneliness and boredom along with notably severe weather conditions. The work was made over a six month period, and is climaxed by the preparations for, followed by an actual filming of, a bombing run over Japanese-occupied Kiska, wherein Huston nearly lost his life, and which is significant for its combat footage and for the atmosphere of suspense present in the viewer who wonders if all will return safely.


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