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US airforce; Ohrdruf on fire; bones at Buchenwald

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1994.119.1 | RG Number: RG-60.2263 | Film ID: 847

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    US airforce; Ohrdruf on fire; bones at Buchenwald

    Overview

    Description
    Slate reads: "OSS USAF LT. ARMISTEAD ROLL #19" AVs, view from planes of bombs being dropped over Germany. B-26s and B-17s in the air and on ground. American soldiers on airfield unloading airplane with baggage. 05:03:56 Slate reads: "CAPT. BROWNING C-22 A-83 APRIL" Pilot in cockpit. Soldiers unloading a plane and boarding a truck, smoking, gesturing for the camera. On airfield, moving equipment with trucks. 05:06:45 Slate reads: "CAPT. BROWNING C-21 A-83 APRIL" American soldiers getting off a truck with bags, working at the airfield, marking document. CUs of soldiers as they smoke, dole out supplies, and play with a puppy. Pilot speaks with another. Soldiers wire equipment and prepare planes for takeoff. One marks a plane with chalk, "Happy Birthday Hoimann! from Duffy's Tavern" Baby shoes hang in cockpit, more INT shots of the cockpit. 05:12:23 Slate reads: "CAPT. BROWNING C-24 A-83 APRIL" followed quickly by another slate reading: "OSS USN LT. ARMISTEAD ROLL #24" Soldier demonstrates shooting a rifle from the plane. INTs and CUs of cockpit, pilots, dog. Loading planes with bombs. 05:15:12 Slate reads: "CAPT. BROWNING C-25 A-83 APRIL" LS of planes taking off and landing. Slate reads: "CAPT. CARTER PROD #186 ROLL C-30 4-12-45" Airplanes in flight. 05:18:23 MS, pan of burning buildings at Ohrdruf. 05:19:48 MS, pile of bones at Buchenwald, CU.
    Duration
    00:19:39
    Date
    Event:  March-April 1945
    Production:  1945
    Locale
    Germany
    Buchenwald, Germany
    Ohrdruf, Germany
    Credit
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
    Contributor
    Producer: United States. Army Air Forces.
    Camera Operator: Armistead
    Camera Operator: Browning
    Camera Operator: Carter
    Camera Operator: Arthur J. Mainzer
    Biography
    Arthur Mainzer (1923-) was a cameraman in the 4th Combat Camera Unit of the 9th Air Force. The Combat Camera Unit was tasked with creating Air Force training films at Hal Roach Studios. After completing training at the Air Force Photo Technical School in Denver, CO and the First Motion Picture Unit in Culver, City, CA, Mainzer was deployed to Europe. He was filming bomb damage by the Allied Air Forces with Captain Ellis Carter when they heard about Buchenwald and drove there by jeep on April 13, 1945. Mainzer and Carter filmed conditions at the camp on Kodak color film stock using two handheld 16mm film cameras. The footage was then sent to headquarters in London for processing.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Silent
    Genre/Form
    Unedited.
    B&W / Color
    Color
    Image Quality
    Good
    Time Code
    05:01:12:00 to 05:20:51:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 847 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Master 847 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Master 847 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Master 847 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 847 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 847 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 847 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 847 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Copyright
    Public Domain
    Conditions on Use
    To the best of the Museum's knowledge, this material is in the public domain. You do not require further permission from the Museum to reproduce or use this material.

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    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum purchased this from the National Archives and Records Administration in September 1994.
    Note
    This is not 18 SFP 9121 as indicated on the videotape slate.

    USHMM replaced the online streaming video with a new, higher resolution digital file produced for the VHH project. The 16mm film source from NARA was scanned by the Austrian Filmmuseum in 2021.
    Film Source
    United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Motion Picture Reference
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 1918
    Source Archive Number: 18 SFP 9113
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:07:02
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