A range of footage from World War II’s Mediterranean theater, including footage of Josef Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill seated at the Tehran Conference.
Date: December 1, 1943
Original Title: MISSION FOR MOSCOW, 12/1943 - 12/1944
Film Type: Black and White / Sound
Credit: U.S. Air Force
Archival Source: National Archives / 342-USAF / 342-USAF-32729
Transcript / Shot List
Coverage of the 15th Air Force "Frantic Joe" Task Force during shuttle bombing missions between Italian and Russian bases in the Ukraine. VIP's include Lt Gen Ira C. Eaker, Maj Gen Nathan F. Twining, Ambassador W, Averill Harriman, and Soviet General Perminov; aircraft include B-17G's, P-51B's, C-47, P-38's, and Russian P-39 and LAGG-3's. Also shows Franklin D. Roosevelt, Josef Stalin and Winston Churchill at Tehran Conrerence (December 1943. 1) MS Josef Stalin, Franklin D, Roosevelt and Winston Churchill seated at Tehran Conference, December 1943. 2) Scenes of P-51B, MIKE III, parked as ground crewman makes adjustment on wing pylon. 3) Scenes of gunners, bombardiers and navigators at briefings. 4) MS & AMCU's of Maj Gen Nathan Twining, Comdr 15th AF shaking hands with task force Commander, and seated in B-26 cockpit. 5) AV's of formations of B-17G's and P-38's in flight, and bombs falling from aircraft. 6 )Scenes of C-47 landing and parked as W. Averill Harriman and daughter leave aircraft and meet with AAF and Soviet officers including Lt Gen Ira C. Eaker, CINC, Mediterranean Allied Air Forces (MAAF). 7) AMLS B-17G's parked at base in the Ukraine. 8) Scenes of crews leaving B-17G's, standing in front of aircraft, getting autographs from Lt Gen Eaker and Ambassador Harriman -- name on B-17G, CAN WAIT. 9) MLS & MS Lt Gen Eaker and Soviet General Perminov walking with group of officers and boarding C-47. 615' Total footage in reel. Reel 2 - 1) Scenes of Lt Gen Eaker and Russian Gen Perminov inspecting P-51B, talking, attending stage show and Lt Gen Eaker reading order and awarding Legion of Merit to Gen Perminov as Ambassador Harriman watches. 2) Scenes of AAF and Soviet personnel in camp, eating and inspecting damage to buildings in town; Russian children, preparations for stage show, and watching show. 3) Scenes of show with Soviet Army band, chorus and Cossack and folk dancers. 587' Total footage in reel. Reel 3 - 1) Scenes of AAF and Soviet personnel looking at YANK magazine, talking, working on B-17G engines, loading ammunition and bombs, marking on bombs with chalk and fueling aircraft. 2) MS Russian guard with rifle. 3) Scenes of parked Russian-marked P-39, pilot getting out of cockpit and AAF and Soviet personnel standing beside aircraft. 4) MCU & MS one and three LAGG-3 fighters parked. 5) Scenes of Soviet pilots and ground crewmen relaxing and eating beside LAGG-'s. 6) Scenes of AAF colonel and Soviet officers on inspection tour -- intercut with Soviet troops lined up for inspection at range finders and antiaircraft guns. 7) Scenes of AAF officers and WAF nurses outside hospital tents. 8) MS's of Russian headquarters building and officers of AAF and Soviet forces in conference. 9) Scenes of B-17G engines starting and aircraft taking off to right. 10) MS's pilotS getting into P-51 cockpits. 11) MST's Soviet ground crewmen painting Nazi "Kill" on P-51B fuselage and cleaning machine guns. 712' Total footage in reel. Reel 4 - 1) Scenes of P-51B engines starting, aircraft taxiing from and to parking positions and pilots leaving cockpits. 2) AV's formations of B-17G's in flight and dropping bomb load -- intercut with bombardier, gunners, pilot and copilot at stations. Also shows No. 4 engine leaking oil and being feathered. 3) Scenes of B-17G's in flyovers and landings at Russian base. 4) Scenes of AAF and Soviet AF personnel inspecting damaged P-51B and B-17G, playing cards, attending stage show dancing with WAF nurses and Russian "WAC"'s. 5) MS's names on B-17G noses: MIGHTY MIKE and FEARLESS FOSDICK. 6) Scenes of Russian womans' choir, Soviet soldiers, choir and band performing at stage show -- intercut with Lt Gen Eaker and Soviet Gen Perminov in audience. 7) Scenes of B-17G's landing at AAF base, names on aircraft: BIG MIDGET and SNAPSUPERMAN- crew leaving B-17G and Maj Gen Twining handing cap with brigadier generals stars to AAF colonel. 8) MCU Lt Gen Eaker and Maj Gen Twining talking together. 9) AV's of wrecked or destroyed Luftwaffe aircraft including JU-52's at airstrip and AV's of Vatican City and Rome, Italy. 970' Total footage in reel. Good (Basic: Mas pos)