30 Seconds over Tokyo

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30 Seconds over Tokyo movie poster.

Movie (1944)

Van Johnson (Lt. Ted W. Lawson)
Phyllis Thaxter (Ellen Lawson)
Robert Walker (Cpl. David Thatcher)
Tim Murdock (Lt. Dean Davenport)
Spencer Tracy (Lt. Col. James Doolittle)

In the wake of Pearl Harbor, a young lieutenant leaves his expectant wife to volunteer for a secret bombing mission which will take the war to the Japanese homeland.

Lockheed P-38 Lightning

A desk model in the background.

30sec P-38 model.jpg

North American B-25D Mitchell

30sec B-25 Flight.jpg
30sec B-25 Sq.jpg

s/n 41-30137, North American B-25D-5 Mitchell.

s/n 41-30137, North American B-25D-5 Mitchell.

s/n 41-29911, North American B-25D-1 Mitchell.

s/n 41-29911, North American B-25D-1 Mitchell.

Lt. Ted W. Lawson piloted Ruptured Duck here acted by aircraft 41-29754 ( Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.). On some shots, we can read the s/n 41-30694.

30sec B-25 129754.jpg

Others serial identified 41-30127.

Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina

Probably a Douglas SBD Dauntless behind the sailor's head at left.

30sec PBY-5A.jpg

Vought OS2U Kingfisher

At left; with probably a Douglas SBD Dauntless on the right.

30sec OS2U.jpg

Martin PBM Mariner

30sec PBM-Mariner.jpg

North American B-25B Mitchell

Several archive footages are mixed with movie shots.
During the take-off from the USS Hornet (CV-8), we see The Avenger of Lt. Edgar E. McElroy, s/n 40-2247.

30sec B-25B 40-2247.jpg

Vultee BT-13 Valiant (acting as japanese aircrafts)

30sec Japs BT-13.jpg

Douglas SBD Dauntless (acting as japanese fighters)

30sec Japs.jpg
30sec Japs2.jpg

North American P-51 Mustang (acting as a japanese fighter)

Only seen at the break; it could be the P-51A or later if not a A-36 Apache.

30sec Japs3.jpg

Douglas C-47 Skytrain

30sec C-47.jpg
30sec C-47 577.jpg

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