The Fighting Seabees

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The Fighting Seabees poster.

Movie (1944)

Starring:
John Wayne (Lt. Cmdr. Wedge Donovan)
Susan Hayward (Constance Chesley)
Dennis O'Keefe (Lt. Cmdr. Robert Yarrow)
William Frawley (Eddie Powers)


Construction workers in World War II in the Pacific are needed to build military sites, but the work is dangerous and they doubt the ability of the Navy to protect them...

Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo

F2A-3 of VF-2, based on USS Saratoga mid 1941.

Grumman F4F Wildcat

With the roundel of the very first weeks of the Pacific war.
Seabees F4F 1h19mn00.JPG
Between two bombing by the japanese, a patrol of Wildcats land and is quickly reconditionned.
Seabees F4F 1h19mn28.JPG

Mitsubishi Ki-21-II

Army Type 97 alias Sally in the allied code.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

This screenshot could be find again in The War.
Seabees Ki-21 1h20mn05.JPG
Crew seconds before the bombing.
Bombs away !

Douglas SBD-1 Dauntless

Seabees SBD 1h17mn28.JPG

Unidentified Aircraft

The first attack by the Japanese is made by a single aircraft.

Seems to be a plane with a water cooling engine when Japanese were flying air cooling ones.
Probably a studio mock-up to simulate a A6M but several details are wrong (green house for example).

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