Naval Photographic Center film #1907. Note: Comment below by RLT suggests this film is of the Battle of Midway (and footage of Torpedo Squadron 8) rather than at Pearl Harbor as follows in the description at National Archives.
National Archives description "1) LS Heavy bombers and fighter aircraft in flight.
2) CU Adm. Mitscher on bridge of CV.
3) CU Man operating AA gun.
4) LS Carrier, with Pearl Harbor in BG.
5) MS 5" 54 guns
6) LS Flight deck and superstructure of the old USS LEXINGTON.
7) MV B-17s at Ford Island.
8) MV Destruction of Pearl Harbor with fires burning.
9) CU Men detaching bombs from damaged aircraft.
10) CU Color guard facing toward sea.
11) MS Military burial at Pearl Harbor."
National Archives Identifier: 76254
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January 25, 2020
Battle of Midway? Lieutenant Stephen Jurika
Although most of this film is reversed, it is still priceless. This looks like seldom seen footage from The Battle of Midway and Midway Island under attack rather than the attack on Pearl Harbor. This is most likely rare footage on the bridge of USS Hornet (CV-8) with Captain Marc Mitscher; from 00:54-01:12 the pilot with the goggles standing at Mitscher's left looks like either Ensign George H. Gay or perhaps Lieutenant Stephen Jurika, the Air Intelligence Officer on Hornet (see USS Hornet CV-8 Page 12 - MaritimeQuest ) . The aircraft from 00:38-00:52 may well be the 15 Devastators(count them, there is a still photo of this scene in Wikipedia under "Marc Mitscher") of Torpedo 8 (VT-8), assembling after launching from Hornet and proceeding to find and attack the Japanese carriers. According to Ensign Gay's biography, he and Torpedo 8 were on board Hornet during the Doolittle Raid. After all the B-25's were launched, the aircraft stowed on the hangar deck were freed and this may be Ensign Gay at that time. Mitscher was Captain of Hornet during the Doolittle Raid and the Battle of Midway. The carrier island seen from 02:19-02:43 is either Yorktown CV-5, Enterprise CV-6, or Hornet CV-8; from 05:44-06:00 Elco 77' PT Boats 22, 21, and 20 of MTBron 1. Remember, this film is reversed.
May 20, 2014
I've made a notation in the description & added some subject tags.