Listed at National Archives as "Japanese newsreel, training at Manila and on Borneo, 1942?" Description at National Archives: " MS Japanese Army General making announcement (front shot). MS Several captured U.S. pilots (blind folded with black cloth masks) disembarking from vehicle. (NOTE: Probably attached to the USS Hornet (CV-12), of Doolittle Raid on Tokyo (the first in Japan), April 18, 1942.) MS Japanese high-school boys being trained as tankmen: Boy wearing helmet; boys get into tanks (good). MLS Many Japanese tanks training on large field; Mt. Fujiyama in background (good). MLS Street scene of Manila after capture of city by Japan (short). MS School exhibition; various pictures made by school children make up show; many children looking at them (poor). MS Map of Borneo. MV Japanese training Borneo natives for pre-war activity: Natives cutting trees in jungle; they cultivate land; learning Japanese semaphore in open air. MS Borneo natives aboard Japanese ship being stationed on crow's nest for lookout. MV Japanese seaplane activity on Borneo; crew mounting engine; pilots on beach being briefed; seaplane taking off. MS Japanese pilot in cockpit of same plane."
National Archives Identifier: 78719
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October 26, 2013 Subject:
The description of this video has some valuable insight about who the blindfolded Americans were. The round patches on their leather bomber jackets from 1:50-2:03 match the patches in the group picture of Doolittle and his crew on board the USS Hornet, CV-8 (see Wikipedia under 'Doolittle Raid'). The Hornet that launched the Doolittle Raid in 1942 was CV-8, later sunk in 1943 near Guadalcanal. The new Essex Class Hornet, CV-12, was commissioned in late 1943 and joined the Fast Carrier Task Force in the Pacific in early 1944.