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Recently Declassified Color Gun Camera Footage From Japan

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Fareed Guyot
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#1 Posted: 11/11/2010 10:40:29 Modified: 11/11/2010 10:47:07

 Recently declassified color gun camera footage from the Japanese theater of World War II has emerged. The clips are some of the clearest images seen from the era. Set to haunting music, the collection of clips begins with aerial dogfights and then moves on to strafing attacks. In one clip, people are seen running for cover.

 

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#2 Posted: 11/17/2010 07:27:14

It's not clear from the description of the video - are these American fighters attacking Japanese targets, Japanese fighters attacking American targets, or a mix of both?

 



Fareed Guyot
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#3 Posted: 11/17/2010 07:37:18

From what I can tell its all American film footage although the first few kills look like American planes are in the sights.  What is also interesting is that its so rare in gun camera footage to see the wing men of a fighter.  In several shots you can see the other aircraft in formation.



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#4 Posted: 11/18/2010 09:12:19

What is the music?

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#5 Posted: 11/18/2010 09:18:17

Wow.  Incredible images.


At about the 1:24 mark, you can see the fighter making a close, fast pass next to a parachuting airman.  That definitely would have deflated the parachute.  I suppose it was a way to dispose of enemy pilots without the use of bullets.  Chilling.