"Battleground above Europe." Allied attacks against German ground, air and sea targets.
RAF Bostons and Mitchells and USAAF Marauders (possibly 322nd Bombardment Group) cross the English and French coasts en route to attack a rail centre north of Paris at Creil. Camera-gun film records Luftwaffe fighters being shot down, including Messerschmitt Bf 110 which explodes in mid-air while the pilot parachutes out and another fighter having its wing shot away. RAF planes strafe an airfield catching Bf 110s on the tarmac and attack a moving train and coastal shipping.
Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.