Air Force is a 1943 World War II film that follows the crew of a B-17 Flying Fortress as they take part in several engagements in the Pacific Theater of the war including the Battles of Pearl Harbor, Wake Island and the Philippines. Directed by Howard Hawks, the film was released during the height of the US involvement in the war.
The following weapons were used in the film Air Force (1943):
Several U.S. troops can be seen armed with M1903 Springfield bolt-action rifles. These rifles appear to be used by Japanese soldiers as well.
M1903 Springfield Mk. I rifle - .30-06
Springfield seen on the left.
Ground crew defend the field with Springfields.
Japanese troops appear to also be armed with the Springfields. These were used mostly likely because they were only seen from a distance and authentic enemy weapons were probably hard to acquire at the time.
Several Marines are seen with the M1928 Thompson. Since the movie takes place from 1941-42, it is actually correct to show this older version: the simplified M1 was not adopted until April 1942.
M1928 Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
The Thompson is seen in the center.
On the right, a Thompson can be seen.
A Colt M1911A1 is seen in the holsters of US Army officers in the film.
World War II issued Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP
The M1911A1 is held by Lt. Monk Hauser (Charles Drake
) as he waits for an order to shoot the tires.
Colt New Service
A Japanese officer is seen carrying what appears to be a Colt New Service revolver.
Model 1909 Colt Army Revolver - .45 LC. This model is stamped "Property of U.S. Government" under barrel and "M1909" on front bottom of grip strap. Grips not original - US issue bore plain uncheckered walnut
A Japanese officer is seen carrying what appears to be a Colt New Service
Browning M2 Aircraft
The Browning M2 Aircraft heavy machine gun is the main armament of the Mary Ann, the B-17 Flying Fortress seen in the film.
Browning M2 Aircraft - .50 BMG
Winocki uses the improvised tail gun.
Fake Browning M2 (dressed-up Vickers gun)
Modified Vickers machine guns dressed up to resemble the water-cooled variant of the Browning M2 are seen in anti-aircraft positions held by the US in the Phillippines.
Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun- .303 British
Browning M2- .50 Water Cooled
What appears to be the water-cooled variant of the Browning M2
is in reality a modified Vickers
The modified Vickers in action. This was most likely used due to most of the weapons being used to fight the actual war.
Browning M1918 Aircraft Gun
The machine gun is seen mounted in the rear gunner position of the US bombers appears to be a Browning M1918 Aircraft Gun, which was a Browning M1917 modified for aircraft use by removing the water jacket. When Japanese planes attack the airstrip in the Phillippines, several members of the B-17 crew open fire with these machine guns as well.
Browning M1918 Aircraft - .30-06
Sgt. Joe Winocki (John Garfield
) opens fire with the Browning machine gun.
The Browning is seen in the gunner position.
Madsen Machine Gun
Japanese soldiers are also seen using a machine gun that is supposed to resemble the Type 99 Light Machine Gun. The weapon used is likely the similar in appearance Madsen machine gun.
Portuguese Madsen machine gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Japanese troops armed with the machine gun.