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Flying Leathernecks movie poster.

Movie (1951)
French title : Les diables de Guadalcanal

Starring:
John Wayne (Maj. Daniel Xavier Kirby)
Robert Ryan (Capt. Carl 'Griff' Griffin)
Don Taylor (Lt. Vern 'Cowboy' Blithe)
Janis Carter (Joan Kirby)
Jay C. Flippen (MSgt. Clancy, Line Chief)
William Harrigan (Dr. Lt.Cdr. Joe Curran)


Major Kirby leads The Wildcats squadron into the historic WWII battle of Guadalcanal.

Vought F4U Corsair

Vought F4U Corsair of US Navy
Vought F4U-1D Corsair of US Navy
Vought F4U Corsair of US Navy
Vought F4U Corsair of US Navy

Vought F4U-1D Corsair of VF-84, USS Bunker Hill, spring 1945.

AVION AE LDDG.JPG
FL F4U-1D CIMG5228.jpg

Grumman TBF-3 Avenger

Grumman TBF-3 Avenger of US Navy
Grumman TBF-3 Avenger of US Navy

Grumman F6F Hellcat

Grumman F6F Hellcat of US Navy
Grumman F6F Hellcat of US Navy
Grumman F6F Hellcat of US Navy
Grumman F6F Hellcat of US Navy
Grumman F6F Hellcat of US Navy
Grumman F6F Wildcat (retractable tailwheel) of US Navy.
Grumman F6F Wildcat of US Navy; note the underwing undercarriage.

Fake Japanese Air Force airplanes.

Grumman F6F Wildcat

Please note that the Japanese pilots are seen in grey Grumman F6F Hellcat always without the gunsight. The VMF-247 pilots are in dark sea blue Hellcats with a gunsight.

Canopy of a Grumman F6F Wildcat with upper glass in one piece.

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver of US Navy

North American SNJ (acting as Mitsubishi A6M Zero)

US Navy version of the T-6 Texan.

AVION DB LDDG.JPG
AVION DC LDDG.JPG

A SNJ chasing a F6F.

FL SNJvsF6F CIMG5207.jpg

Douglas A-20 Havoc

A derelic Havoc.

Nakajima B6N Tenzan

Archive footage seen too in other movies; look at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

AVION IA LDDG.jpg

Nakajima Ki-44

FL Ki-44 CIMG5217.jpg

The same footage is seen too in The War Episode Nine.

FL Ki-44 CIMG5232.jpg

Unidentified Aircraft

Perhaps a Yokosuka P1Y ?

Footage reused in Flat Top.

Mitsubishi G4M

Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

This footage is seen -in B&W- in The War.
FL G4M CIMG5239.jpg

Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka

This Mitsubishi G4M is the mother ship of a Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka flying bomb (note its left wings between those of the G4M and the tail plane of the bomber).

AVION JB LDDG.JPG

Various Japanese Aircrafts

As most of them are view from the rear (use of gun camera footages), it's not easy to identify them as most of the documentation represent them from the front or side views. Several have been use in other movies or documentaries.

FL Jap1a CIMG5200.jpg
FL Jap1b CIMG5201.jpg
FL Jap2 CIMG5202.jpg

Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

FL Jap4 CIMG5204.jpg

Friendly fire ! Two Hellcats are chasing the same japanese fighter, firing together on it. Next second, the pilot will still firing when his wingman will cross his fire line and be hurt.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

FL Jap5 CIMG5206.jpg
FL Jap6 CIMG5215.jpg
FL Jap7 CIMG5216.jpg
FL Jap9 CIMG5223.jpg

The next three screenshoots are gun camera footage used again for The War, Episode 8.

FL Jap3 CIMG5203.jpg
FL Jap8 CIMG5218.jpg
FL Jap10 CIMG5234.jpg

Same footage in The War, Episode 13.

FL baoum CIMG5240.jpg

Aichi B7A2

Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

FL B7A2 CIMG5233.jpg

Consolidated OA-10 Catalina

OA-10 is designation of PBY-5A operated by USAAF.

Consolidated OA-10 Catalina of USAAF.
Consolidated 0A-10 Catalina of USAAF.
Consolidated OA-10 Catalina of USAAF.
Consolidated 0A-10 Catalina of USAAF.
Remains of a Catalina.

Douglas C-54 Skymaster

Douglas C-54 Skymaster of USAAF.
Boarding the Douglas C-54 Skymaster.

Douglas C-47 Skytrain

Douglas C-47 Skytrain of USAAF

Wright Flyer III

Stamp celebrating the Wright Brothers and "the first free controlled and sustained powered flight by man". Despite the movie action tooks place in 1943, the stamp was issued only the 17th december 1949 !

FL Wright CIMG5225.jpg

Lockheed PV-1 Ventura

This shot is taken from a Lockheed PV-1 Ventura (note the wingtip in the upper left) flying with these FU4 Corsair.

FL PV-1 CIMG5229.jpg

Grumman F4F Wildcat

Despite the distance, it seems that the landing gear is tight under the fuselage like for the Wildcat. But it could be a F6F still with a belly tank ...

FL F4F CIMG5241.jpg

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