With First Motion Picture Unit, United States Army Air Forces (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944)

Not Rated | 45 min | Documentary, History, War

7.3
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A documentary on the 25th bombing mission of the Memphis Belle, a B-17 in the US 8th Air Force.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Stanley Wray, Robert Morgan, James A. Verinis, Robert J. Hanson

Votes: 1,174

2. Time to Kill (1945)

23 min | Short, War

7.2
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A group of sailors kid their shipmate Frank about his constant reading, when they would all rather play cards. But each of them has a dream for the future that they consider impossible. ... See full summary »

Stars: George Reeves, Barry Nelson, Don Hanmer, Jimmy Lydon

Votes: 24

3. Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1944)

Not Rated | 66 min | Drama, War

6.8
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A downed American bomber crew quickly falls prey to the clever interrogation techniques of the Germans in this dramatic training film.

Director: Bernard Vorhaus | Stars: Louis Adlon, Rand Brooks, Frederic Brunn, George Dolenz

Votes: 197

4. B-29 Flight Engineer (1944)

37 min | Documentary, Short

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This government documentary short film depicts and explains proper procedures for functioning as a flight engineer on the B-29 bomber. Lieutenant Anderson is normally the co-pilot of this B... See full summary »

Stars: Don Castle, John Payne, Ronald Reagan, James Seay

5. Reconnaissance Pilot (1943)

35 min | Documentary, Short

7.4
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Documentary/training film depicting the duties of a pilot in the Pacific Theatre of the Second World War as he flies reconnaissance missions over enemy-held islands.

Stars: Walter Baldwin, Ralph Byrd, William Forrest, William Holden

Votes: 17

6. Land and Live in the Jungle (1944)

60 min | War

7.8
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In this World War II military training film, a B-25 crew bails out over the jungle, and the pilot is separated from the rest of of his crew. The two groups of soldiers must survive until ... See full summary »

Stars: Mel Ford, Van Heflin, Patrick McVey, Charles Tannen

Votes: 8

7. The Last Bomb (1945)

Not Rated | 35 min | Short, Documentary, War

6.5
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Documentary of the planning and delivery of the last great bomber attack on the city of Tokyo by the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Reed Hadley, Arthur Kennedy, Jack Klock, Curtis LeMay

Votes: 60

8. Target Tokyo (1945)

22 min | Documentary, Short, History

4.9
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The story of the first bombing raid on Tokyo by B-29 Superfortress bombers of the U.S. Army Air Forces. Crews are followed from their training staging at Grand Island, Nebraska to their ... See full summary »

Stars: Ronald Reagan, Kenneth Gibson, John Van Trigg, Gordon Wong

Votes: 28

9. Target for Today (1944)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, History, War

6.9
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Documentary about one bombing mission over Germany by the American Eighth Air Force, from the initial planning for the mission thru finsl completion of the mission, with all of its intricacies from beginning to end.

Director: William Keighley

Votes: 22

10. Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter (1943)

Passed | 19 min | Documentary, Short, History

5.0
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Military training film on the characteristics, capabilities, weaknesses, and recognition of the World War II Japanese fighter aircraft known as the Zero.

Director: Bernard Vorhaus | Stars: Art Gilmore, Ronald Reagan, Harvey Stephens, Craig Stevens

Votes: 61

11. Wings Up (1943)

20 min | Documentary, War, Short

6.9
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The Officers Candidate School of the Army Air Forces is the subject of this documentary short film depicting the rigors of training cadets go through.

Stars: Clark Gable, William Holden, Brenda Marshall, E.R. Delano

Votes: 17

12. Land and Live in the Desert (1945)

Not Rated | 35 min | Short, War

6.3
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Documentary short film depicting the correct methods of surviving the crash landing of a military aircraft in the desert. Methods of conserving water, providing shelter, and signaling for help are depicted.

Stars: John Beal, Wally Cassell, Robert Foulk, Van Heflin

Votes: 19

13. Photographic Intelligence for Bombardment Aviation (1943)

23 min | Documentary, Short

6.9
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When naval Lieutenant Phil Bowen encounters his friend, Air Forces Captain Grover, he inquires as to what Grover's aerial reconnaissance team is doing to protect ships from attack by ... See full summary »

Stars: John Beal, William Forrest, Alan Ladd, Robert Lowery

Votes: 8

14. Cadet Classification (1943)

18 min | Short

4.1
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Stars: Selmer Jackson, Robert Knapp, John Maxwell, Ronald Reagan

Votes: 17

15. Three Cadets (1943)

23 min | Short

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Stars: Craig Stevens, Kent Smith, Ralph Byrd, William T. Orr

16. Recognition of the CG-4A Glider (1944)

6 min | Documentary, Short

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This documentary short film was produced by the United States Army Air Forces' First Motion Picture Unit as a training film for American pilots and other personnel during the Second World ... See full summary »

Star: Ronald Reagan

17. Wings for This Man (1945)

10 min | Documentary, Short, War

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A tribute to the pioneering achievements of the Negro combat pilots trained at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

Star: Ronald Reagan

18. The First Motion Picture Unit (1943)

Not Rated | 21 min | Documentary, Short, History

4.8
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A documentary showing the functions of the Army Air Corps' First Motion Picture Unit, which made training and inspirational films for the Army Air Force during the Second World War.

Stars: John Beal, Ken Carpenter, Don Castle, Mark Daniels

Votes: 47

19. Learn and Live (1943)

45 min

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Joe Instructor, an Army Air Forces flight instructor, visits Pilot Heaven and has a discussion with Saint Peter about the unacceptable number of pilots who have died and gone to heaven ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Vorhaus | Stars: Guy Kibbee, Mel Blanc, George Offerman Jr., James Seay

20. B-29 Flight Procedure and Combat Crew Functioning (1944)

36 min | Short, Documentary

4.7
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Military training film detailing flight procedure, crew assignments, and armament of the B-29 bomber aircraft.

Star: Eric Fleming

Votes: 6

21. Flying the P-61 Series Airplane (1944)

28 min | Documentary, Short

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This documentary short film depicts the proper manner for ground inspection, flight preparation, takeoff, flying, single-engine flying, and landing of the P-61 series of American night ... See full summary »

22. Operation of the Glider Pick-Up by the C-47 (1944)

16 min | Documentary, Short

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This government documentary short film depicts and explains the processes for retrieving a glider in the field. In combat situations in World War II, gliders were used to transport men and ... See full summary »

Star: Ronald Reagan

23. Interrogation of Enemy Airmen (1943)

30 min | Documentary, Short

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This documentary film was produced by the First Motion Picture Unit of the United States Army Air Forces as a narrative training film for U.S. military personnel who capture (in this case) ... See full summary »

Stars: Roman Bohnen, Robert Foulk, Kurt Kreuger, Gary Merrill

24. Flight Characteristics of the P-51 Airplane (1944)

30 min | Documentary, Short

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U.S. Army Air Force pilot Bob Chilton and North American Aircraft designer Arthur Deeds show an Air Force colonel and major the new P-51B aircraft, explaining the changes in this new model ... See full summary »

Stars: Frank Albertson, Lee J. Cobb, Arthur Kennedy, James Seay

25. Ditch and Live (1944)

42 min | Short

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Lt. Scott Reynolds is co-pilot on a B-17 bomber. When his ship is forced to ditch at sea, only Reynolds survives. The nine other crew members died as a result of insufficient training in ... See full summary »

Stars: Philip Bourneuf, Rand Brooks, Don Castle, Donald Curtis

26. How to Fly the B-26 Airplane (1944)

47 min | Documentary

5.7
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Documentary feature film depicting the training of young Lieutenant Jim Anthony as a pilot of the B-26 Marauder bomber. Dick, the captain charged with pilot instruction, leads Jim through ... See full summary »

Stars: Don Porter, Craig Stevens, Frank Wilcox

Votes: 7

27. Army Air Forces - Pacific (1945)

17 min | Documentary, Short

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General Henry H. 'Hap' Arnold summarizes U.S. Army and Army Air Force activities in the Pacific Theater of World War II in this short documentary film. Air attacks on Japanese held islands,... See full summary »

Stars: Henry H. Arnold, Gordon Seagrave, Ennis Whitehead, James Doolittle

28. Boeing B-29 Superfortress Bomb Loading Procedures (1945)

10 min | Documentary, Short

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This government documentary short film describes the concerns of the U.S. Army Air Forces over the safe, effective, and expeditious handling of the loading of bombs onto the Boeing B-29 ... See full summary »

Stars: Reed Hadley, Kent Smith

29. Incendiary Attack for Japanese Cities (1945)

21 min | Documentary, Short

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In this United States Army Air Forces documentary short film, an Army Air Forces project officer describes the wood and paper construction material of much of the slums of Japan and ... See full summary »

Star: Lee J. Cobb

30. Fighter Combat Formation: Attacks and Escorts (1944)

14 min | Documentary, Short

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An ace fighter pilot captain expects to get leave, but instead is ordered to Washington, where a colonel explains that mounting casualties among fighter pilots require new, battle-tested ... See full summary »

Director: Otho Lovering | Stars: William Forrest, Ronald Reagan

31. P-47 Combat Operations (1945)

16 min | Documentary, Short

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This documentary short film depicts the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane in combat operations in various locales around the world during the Second World War. A variety of pilots are depicted... See full summary »

Stars: William T. Orr, Arthur Kennedy, Ronald Reagan

32. China Crisis: The Story of the 14th Air Force (1944)

41 min | Documentary, Short

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This documentary depicts the American effort to support the Chinese government before and during the Second World War, by means of transport flights of materiel from India to China, by the ... See full summary »

Stars: Claire Chennault, David Lee 'Tex' Hill, R.T. Smith, Joseph W. Stilwell

33. Position Firing (1944)

14 min | Animation, Short, War

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Hapless B-17 waist gunner "Trigger Joe" learns how to adjust his aim, to take into account the relative motion of his aircraft, his bullets, and the attacking enemy fighter.

Star: Mel Blanc

34. Flak (1944)

16 min | Documentary, Short

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This documentary dives into an in-depth look at the weapons and methods of German and Japanese anti-aircraft warfare. Also highlights the evasive actions that were utilized by U.S. bomber crews.

35. WACS Away (1945)

9 min | Documentary, Short

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This United States government documentary short film depicts the activities of women of the United States Women's Army Corps during the Second World War. A cross-section of WACs, as they ... See full summary »

Star: James Doolittle

36. Target - Invisible (1945)

9 min | Documentary, Short

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Documentary short film depicting the uses of radar in high-level bombing during World War II. B-29 bombers are shown delivering bombs over Japan and using radar to make pinpoint accurate target assessments despite overcast conditions.

Stars: Arthur Kennedy, Clayton Moore

37. Eyes Aloft (1943)

18 min | Documentary, Short

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In this documentary short film, a woman volunteer for the civilian aviation observer corps in World War II explains how the U.S. military depends on civilians watching the skies to warn of ... See full summary »

Stars: Erville Alderson, Walter Baldwin, John Beal, Don Castle

38. A-26 Flying Tips (1945)

16 min | Documentary

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This United States Army Air Forces short documentary depicts various pieces of official advice for pilots of the A-26 fighter bomber aircraft. Special attention is paid to the attitude of ... See full summary »

Star: Robert Sterling

39. Ditching: Before and After (1943)

33 min | Short, Documentary

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Training film for Air Force fliers demonstrating the proper equipment procedures for ditching an aircraft at sea.

40. Letter from a Friend (1943)

Short

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Director: Sherry Shourds | Star: Alan Ladd

41. The AAF Comes of Age (1945)

26 min | Documentary, Short

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This United States government documentary short film recapitulates the efforts made by the United States Army Air Forces in coming to terms with the necessities and exigencies of war in the... See full summary »

Stars: Henry H. Arnold, Adolf Hitler, Gerd von Rundstedt

42. Elementary and Pylon Eights (1944)

10 min | Documentary, Short

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This government documentary short film demonstrates for Army Air Forces pilots in World War II the safe execution of a variety of aeronautical maneuvers. An instructor, using animation, ... See full summary »

Star: James Seay

43. Troop Carrier Airplanes: Cockpit Procedure (1944)

34 min | Documentary, Short

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This U.S. Army Air Forces documentary short film depicts training methods and instructions for pilots of the C-47 Skytrain troop carrier aircraft. Lieutenant Warren is shown being put ... See full summary »

Stars: Arthur Kennedy, George Montgomery

44. Flight Characteristics of the A-20 (1943)

19 min | Documentary, Short

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Tom, a young Army Air Forces pilot, begins instruction with his captain on flying the A-20 attack aircraft. The captain demonstrates to Tom the pre-flight routine and checklists, then ... See full summary »

Stars: Don Castle, Knox Manning, James Seay

45. Legends & Oddities (2001–2005)
Episode: Search for the B-17 (2003)

Documentary, Short, Horror

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During a training mission, a World War II US Army Air Force B-17 went missing in the Colorado Mountains on 26 February 1944. This is the story behind those who tried to locate the plan in early 2000's.

Director: David Schler | Stars: Jim Withers, Jess Stainbrook, Dave Wruck, Jim Kellett


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