"Pilots, Man Your Planes!"   
                                         WWII U.S. Naval Aviation Collector's Guide                                                                              

The training of Naval Aviators during wartime was a serious and important undertaking. The Bureau of  Aeronautics took full advantage of the latest available technology at the time, in this case, motion pictures, to help facilitate the transition of young men into war-winning pilots and air crewmen by helping them learn the 1000 and 1 skills they would have to master.

At the same time, the Office of War Information and Hollywood, through the use of film, undertook a job of equal magnitude. That being the encouragement of war-workers to achieve and maintain the high levels of production neccessary to ultimately save American lives and shorten the war by overwhelming the enemy with the fruits of their labor.

Not to be forgotten was the continual need to boost the morale of the civilian populace who were  busy "keeping the home fires burning" for their family members and loved ones fighting on several fronts overseas.

Shown here for your viewing pleasure is a sampling, in no particular order, of the many training films, industrial incentive productions, documentaries and news reels made for, and viewed by, those three audiences.

Please be advised that 70 years ago, during a war for our nation's survival, the concept of "political correctness" did not exist, therefore, some language may not be deemed appropriate by today's standards.

Another warning to our readers / viewers. Some videos on this page contain graphic footage of the grim reality of war. As events progressed after Pearl Harbor, the American media was at first reluctant to capture the images of our servicemen who had been killed in action and some censorship occurred as well in the interest of protecting family members at home. As time passed however, our military involvement  increased on multiple fronts simultaneously and battle casualties mounted. It was only a matter of time until the inevitable happened and images of our dead and wounded became more common place, appearing both in print and on film by 1943. As the war stretched on into 1945, coverage appears to have been almost totally unrestricted, as witnessed by the full color documentary footage released to the public of the bloody fighting on Iwo Jima. In contrast, Hollywood war movies of the era were usually dramatic, but free of gore and war's true brutality.

On a lighter note, even some of our favorite cartoon characters and super heroes got involved in the war effort. You'll see some of them here too.

If we've missed something you've enjoyed watching in the past, drop us a line. We take requests!

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