Never seen before in public - 8mm WW2 footage of the 325th Fighter Group

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Never seen before in public - 8mm WW2 footage of the 325th Fighter Group

Post by Mysticpuma » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:27 pm

Never seen before in public - 8mm WW2 footage of the 325th Fighter Group

The following footage was filmed by Flight Surgeon Lt. Col. Morris Grayson, MD, who served with the 325th Fighter Group
"The Checkertail Clan" during WW2.

The film was last viewed at some point before 1971 by his friends and family and soon after they were placed in a drawer at the family home and lay there, undisturbed, effectively forgotten.

Morris Grayson passed away in 1971.

In 2015 his son Fred Grayson found the films and then transferred the footage to video and sent it to me to use if required for the third and final part of my Checkertails films, which I subsequently did.

Where the footage is over-exposed I have done my best to recover any detail that may exist and so apologies in advance if the following video isn't perfect for everyone watching it.

The first few clips are the only known footage that survives from their time in North Africa where they flew P-40's

I have put the video into sections starting with footage captured on and around the bases and finishing with footage captured in various locations where Morris took his camera during
his time away from the base.

Sadly there is no documentation with the footage and as such most of the individuals and events shown are unknown, as are the locations where they were filmed.

For the first time since 1971 this film is now available to view , this time not just by close friends but all who wish to view it.

This is "The Lost Film of the Checkertail Clan"

https://youtu.be/RJ5LzU1zF3g?t=1s

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Post by Wiggy » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:17 pm

Many many thanks for sharing this MP :nice: :nice: :salute:
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Post by Wozaworld » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:47 pm

Wiggy wrote:Many many thanks for sharing this MP :nice: :nice: :salute:
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Post by Onebad » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:09 pm

Loving your stuff about the Checkertail boys. Keep'em coming.
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Post by BlackDog » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:04 pm

Just watched your main Checkertails vid MP.... fantastic work, really interesting and enjoyable! What an amazing bunch!

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Post by Larry » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:44 pm

Thanks for posting MP! :) ..and in the middle of these P-47s and B-24s a `lone Do-17P, yellow and with US markings. Looks strange. :joyman:
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Post by Paddy » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:11 pm

Top banana MP!
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Post by Alpha » Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:39 am

Amazing footage.
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