The film follows the WWII exploits of the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) (unidentified in the film), in its first major operations following its commissioning in 1943. The life of the crew is documented from July 1943 to June 1944, from its passage through the Panama Canal through assaults on Marcus, Kwajalein, Truk and Tinian Islands, and culminating with the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Spectacular 16mm Kodachrome footage of combat operations and naval aviation is prominent throughout. Written by
Photographed in Zones of Combat by Men of U.S. Navy
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Did You Know?
In the scene of a strafing mission against the Japanese-held island of Truk, one of the figures seen running for cover is an American POW. According to his autobiography, that prisoner was Maj. Gregory H. 'Pappy' Boyington
, the highest-scoring U.S. Marine pilot of the war, who had been shot down a few months before in the Solomon Islands. See more
[commenting on the Japanese pilots
These little monkeys are fancy fliers.
Most of the credits appear as if they had been typed out on a teletype machine. See more