John Ford's Battle of Midway Documentary

Oscar-winning director John Ford directed this documentary shot by himself and Navy Combat Cameramen. It captures the Battle of Midway on the ground at Midway Island, in the air above the carriers at sea, and aboard the USS Yorktown as it was under attack (it eventually sank). Originally, John Ford traveled to Midway Island intending to shoot a documentary about military life on a remote island outpost, depicting sailors at work and having fun. Instead, he found himself in the middle of the Japanese attack. He armed himself with his 16mm camera and shot impromptu footage of the battle. He received a minor wound as the result of enemy fire. Related Article: Midway: History vs. Hollywood




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