I assume that everyone on this forum is aware that most fighter planes in WWII had cameras that ran every time the guns were fired and continued until a few seconds after the guns stopped. To my knowledge there are very few sites which make WWII gun camera footage available to the public (unless you want to purchase it, about which more below). There are handful of web pages about particular fighter squadrons or pilots which offer very short clips. On YouTube there are probably twenty vids of the same set of German film of attacks on US bombers, and US film of P-47 strafing attacks.
Other than that there are a couple of dozen of bloodsucking thieves on the internet who offer dvds of gun camera film - at about $35 a pop. There are first releases of hit movies that don't cost that much, and these guys are using government property, which they may well have obtained themselves free of charge. On top of that they are charging the public to purchase things that was created with tax dollars in the first place, which means the public already owns them. I'm not about to buy any.
So, anybody know of any free gun camera sites?
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*shakes head and points FlyGuy toward the sentence that starts "On YouTube.."*
Here we go! Some pics: 339th FG gun camera footage
Some cool stuff: betapundit: WWII color guncam footage
A la WW2 in color! World War 2 Pictures In Color :: WWII Movies in Color :: stuka_movie
This collection here has a bit a gun cam shots, mostly short clips tho: Index of /russr/ww2-footage
But I'll search some p2p networks for any interesting longer pieces.
A compilation of various black and white luftwaffe guncams from fighters attacking bombers and dogfights:
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1)This site has a good collection of Youtube and Google Video ww2 aircraft footage, including many guncam shots:
2)368th Fighter Group Combat Gun Camera Clips:
3)Mostly pics of individual pilots here, but also 2 great clips:
4)A collection of 40 youtube ww2 airfight clips:
5)Bits from German Newsreel (left-click):
6)Bf-110 Gunning down bombers:
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7)Rudel's Stuka D-3 unit using 3.7cm AT Cannon
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If You have some time, You might also check out this forum for more vids: Aviation Videos - Aircraft of World War II - Warbird Forums
Those rule! +1 for you!
FlyGuy and Chupe, I really appreciate the time you spent on this. Maybe I underestimate how much time I've already spent looking for and at camera clips, but I'm sorry to say that of all the clips you linked, except for some clips on El Chupacabra's Polish site, I have seen every frick-frakin' one. Some are pieced together from various other versions, but the content in everything linked so far - I've seen it. I'm off later to dig further into the Polish site.
Otherwise, drat. I'm amazed that of an air war that involved tens of thousands of individual air combats, there's something less than an hour of film of that actual combat readily available on the internet.
And John Walker: Grasshopper, you are wise beyond your years.