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WWII Combat Film recently uncovered
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:51 pm
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This film was uncovered when the family of an ex combat photographer cleaned out his house after his recent death. It is ~16 minutes of what appears to be pretty raw footage. The first 10 minutes appear to be Normandy just after D-Day. The last 6 minutes or so is Gun Camera footage with the unit and pilot identified
www.freedomslighthouse...-film.html

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Makes you wonder what future items will be found as more of our WWII veterans pass on.

We still have two in my family, both born Austrian, but fought on opposite sides during D-Day.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:13 pm
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What is the vehicle at 2:48?

And notice the close brush with BIG debris from the gun camera footage at ~10:54! Shocked

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:40 pm
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Yea and he flys under it !!!

I just pulled out my 'Air Force Combat Units of World War II' I knew about the 354 Fighter Group already. It was one of the early Mustang groups in the ETO (It had them when the 4th FG was still equipped with P-47s) The funny thing is the book says they were re-equipped with P-47s from from Nov 44- Feb 45 but went back to P-51s

The 363 FG also flew Mustangs. In Sept 44 it was converted to a Recon Group flying F-5 Lightning and F-6 Mustang aircraft

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Wow,

Tow vehicle looks like an M10 GMC. What it's towing beats me. Some sort of towed arty piece but I didn't see any tube in the close ups when they passed.

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Its towing the carriage for the 240MM Howitzer. Its split into two loads, tube and carriage. I don't think its a M10 but I think its probably a gun towing vehicle based on the Sherman chassis....
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Its towing the carriage for the 240MM Howitzer. Its split into two loads, tube and carriage. I don't think its a M10 but I think its probably a gun towing vehicle based on the Sherman chassis....


Actually a bunch of M10s were converted to gun tractors so it probably is an M10. I don't know of any other gun tractor based on a Sherman

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Actually a bunch of M10s were converted to gun tractors so it probably is an M10.


Spot on Bob,

they were designated the M35 gun tractor.



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M-35 is what I was looking for. Thanks Jens
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