A tip of the virtual hat to Waldemar Pajdosz, who sent along this YouTube link. It's a mix of a British newsreel (probably from the fall of 1941, since the ground crewmen just don't look like men in a tearing hurry) and a Japanese feature film about Kato Tateo's 64th Sentai. If you look closely at the Brewster fighter that the Japanese pilot (Major Kato himself, I believe) is chasing, you can see that the roundel on its flank is just a white daub. It's an actual Dutch Brewster B-339, captured in the East Indies and refurbished for training and propaganda purposes. The roundel was meant to be the Royal Air Force identification disk, and this footage was meant to represent the Christmas Day raid of Rangoon. The film was Aa Hayabusa sentotai cho Kato (Ah, Commander Kato's Falcon Corps) released by Toho Motion Picture Company in 1944. The same Brewster appeared in an earlier Toho newsreel about the conquest of Burma. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford
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