The Fighting Lady

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The Fighting Lady movie poster.

Movie (1944)

Starring:
Crewmen of the CV-10 USS Yorktown (themselves)

Movie built as a documentary and for propaganda purposes. Despite never named, the main carrier vessel is the USS Yorktown (CV-10) which is discovered through the daily life of its service men. Several campaigns are shown through bombing and air fightings, including the well-known Great Marianas Turkey Shoot during the Battle of the Philippine Sea. These astonishing shots have been used several times in others movies and documentaries since.

Grumman TBF Avenger

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Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

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

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Grumman F6F Hellcat

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TFightingLady 0h17m03 F6F.jpg

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

TFightingLady 0h43m50 F6Fdv.jpg

This one is seen too in Flying Leathernecks (5th picture).

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One of the most stupendous crash landing with the pilot nearly unhurt (but aircraft and date/place not clearly identified). Same shot in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Douglas SBD Dauntless

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Footage reused in Flat Top.

Mitsubishi F1M

Footage reused in Flat Top.

Kawanishi H8K

Footage reused in Flat Top.
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Aichi E13A1

Footage reused in Flat Top.
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Nakajima B6N Tenzan

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

TFightingLady 0h51m45 B6Ndv.jpg

Mitsubishi G3M

A recognition model held to the ceiling of the briefing room.

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Various Unidentified Japanese Aircraft

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Given as a Zero (Mitsubishi A6M) by the narrator, the next aircraft is just a japanese fighter. At the near end of the movie, the carrier vessel's scoring board put under the same section "Zeke, Franck, ...".

TFightingLady 0h24m37 Zero.jpg
TFightingLady 0h27m55 twin-jap.jpg

The next gun camera shot is also seen in Flying Leathernecks (11th picture).

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