Documentary Films by Vernon Williams

Careful research and production marks the video documentary collection produced and directed by Vernon Williams at Old Segundo Productions.   The Patton and Pancho documentary project is built on a rich legacy of historical film work.  More titles are currently in production.

 

From Dublin to Madison Square Garden: Everett Colborn and the World Championship rodeo, 1937-1959
Dublin to Madison Square Garden

From Dublin to Madison Square Garden–This film traces the story of the Dublin World Championship Rodeo from the early boyhood days of Everett Colborn’s upbringing in Idaho to the heady days of Dublin’s Lightning C Ranch, the Dublin Rodeo, and the Rodeo Train to Madison Square Garden and Boston Garden in the northeast. From 1937 to 1959, the heart of America’s rodeo country was Dublin, Texas. This documentary provides an exciting look at the human story of rodeo and living the western life in America during the first half of the twentieth century. DVD 60 minutes

RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 2013

 

 

 

 Our Journey: Yotaro & Aya Arimura and a Family’s Life in Twentieth Century America

Our Journey

 

Our Journey–This documentary traces the story of Yotaro Arimura from late 19th century Japan to his search for the American Dream in the United States. Along the way, he discovered the promise of a new life in the farm country in California, experienced the San Francisco earthquate, and returned to Japan to marry Aya. Together Yotaro and Aya began their family in the agricultural countryside near Fresno, California. By World War II, the Arimura family had ten children and a successful farm business. World War II changed all that forever. This film tells the story of relocation at Camps Jerome and Rohwer in Arkansas and the impact of that experience on the family before and after the war. DVD 60 minutes.

RELEASE DATE: December 6, 2014

 

 

Hell’s Angels:  The 303rd Bomb Group in the Battle for Europe

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The first ground and air elements of the 303rd Bomb Group arrived at Molesworth, England by October 1942–in time to begin air operations during the early stages of the Eighth Air Force’s campaign against Germany. High losses and the lack of fighter cover made the Hell’s Angels’ early missions a treacherous prelude for one of the most successful bomb groups in the Eighth Air Force. This documentary traces the group’s early training in the United States and documents the remarkable record the group compiled on the air front against Germany. The film includes eye witness accounts and astonishing archival footage that brings the story of the Hell’s Angels back to the future. Website classroom resources available for teachers. Produced by Dr. Vernon L. Williams.  DVD 60 minutes.

RELEASE DATE: April, 2006

 

 

Liberators Over East Anglia: The Second Air Division in World War II

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The Second Air Division began operations in England with the arrival of the 93rd Bomb Group in 1942. Soon more B-24 bomb groups arrived as the Second Air Division began to establish its credentials at Ploesti and in the air war across German-held Europe. This documentary traces the story of the fourteen Liberator bomb groups in the Second Air Division. During the war the Liberators made their mark upon history and today the victory won in the skies over Europe remains a significant part of the legacy left behind by the men of the Second Air Division. This is their story. Produced by Dr. Vernon L. Williams.  DVD 60 minutes.

RELEASE DATE: July 2006

 

 

Target For Today

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Now for the first time Target for Today is available in a remastered DVD produced from the original film stock in the National Archives. Our digital artists have spent countless hours repairing and producing a new version of the World War II epic. Using the newest technology, Old Segundo has produced a version of Target for Today that is sharper and closer to the original than ever before. The clarity of the video and audio signals combine to bring back the drama of the Eighth Air Force mission documented by film crews across East Anglia. Produced by Dr. Vernon L. Williams.  Two- DVD Set  92 minutes.

RELEASE DATE: July 2006

 

 

Deopham Green: The Saga of the 452nd Bomb Group (H)

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Deopham Green tells the dramatic story of the men of the 452nd Bomb Group and the British families who lived on or near their base at Deopham Green in World War II England. The documentary begins with the story of activation and training in the United States and tracks the air crews and ground personnel as they acquire the tools of war and then make their way to England and the front lines of the air war in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). The video contains eye witness accounts from both American servicemen and British family members as they remember the air war over German-held territory and the stories of sacrifice and courage that played out every day at Deopham Green and the skies of WWII Europe. This documentary provides an exciting look into the human side of war as nearby British families suffered the threat of German air attacks and wartime sacrifices while ground crews labored to keep the B-17 flying and the air crews struggled to beat the odds over Nazi Europe. Deopham Green is the breath-taking story of ordinary people rising to greatness in the struggle against darkness and evil. Winston Churchill’s words certainly apply to Deopham Green and her people, both British and American: “This is their finest hour.” Produced by Dr. Vernon L. Williams.  DVD  60 minutes.

RELEASE DATE: December 2004

 

 

Thurleigh Memories:  The 306th Bomb Group (H) in WWII

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In the early days of the air war against Germany, the 306th Bomb Group delivered the first bomb loads into the heart of the German homeland. Faced with terrible losses and limited resources, the 306th helped prove the visibility of high altitude daylight precision bombing. This documentary explores the bomb group’s early training history in the United States and includes a dramatic look at the combat work performed by the aircrews in the air over occupied europe and the extraordinary support provided by the base ground crews around the clock. Today the 306th Museum on the old base keeps the spirit of the wartime drama at Thurleigh alive. Produced by Dr. Vernon L. Williams.  DVD  60 minutes.

RELEASE DATE: March 2005

 

 

Dry Gulcher Down: A B-17’s Fiery End Over Shalford Village

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Dry Gulcher Down follows the story of ten men who grew up in Depression America and found themselves aboard the ill-fated B-17 bound for the Luftwaffe research facilities at Peenemunde. They never made it. The documentary traces the life stories of the crew of aircraft number 42-97594 of the 381st Bomber Group (H) flying out of Ridgewell, England. On August 4, 1944 the aircraft caught fire after takeoff and plunged to a fiery end not far away. At the controls was famed television director Irving Moore, who remained in the cockpit until it was almost too late. Nine crew bailed out to safety. Only the tail gunner, S/Sgt Harold Norris went down with the plane. A unique look at the men who spearheaded the air war against Germany and the price they had to pay.  Produced by Vernon Williams. DVD 60 minutes.

RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 2013

 

 

 

From Pyote to Fortress Europe: The 381st Bomb Group and the Air War in Europe

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This documentary traces the 381st Bomb Group (H) from activation in Pyote, Texas in 1942 through combat with the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations. During World War II, the 381st participated in the daylight bombing raids on German targets where the group dropped more than 22 thousand tons of bombs. This documentary provides an exciting look into the human side of war as B-17 air crews struggled to beat the odds in the skies over Europe. DVD 92 minutes.  DVD  92 minutes.

RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 2013

 

 

 

Deopham at War:  The Anglo-American Experience in Wartime Norfolk, 1939-1945

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World War II in Europe began in September 1939. In the villages near Attleborough and throughout the surrounding villages and towns of Norfolk, British families turned to wartime footing as young men went to the forces and each community struggled to transition to rationing, war work, and the constant threat of German attack from the air and sea. In 1942 the first Yanks arrived in Britain, and soon they came to Norfolk where the American airfields rapidly appeared across the landscape and brought the Allied air war to hearth and home. This is the story of British families and young Americans in Norfolk who lived on the battleline of the emerging air war. Together they formed a sense of community and place as each day brought new challenges of war. Produced by Dr. Vernon L. Williams.  DVD  60 minutes.

RELEASE DATE: August 2012

 

 

Thurleigh at War:  Bedfordshire and the Anglo-American Struggle for Victory in World War II

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In September 1939 Hitler invaded Poland and triggered World War II in Europe. The British gathered around their radios as they listened to the Prime Minister tell them that Britain was at war with Germany. In Bedford and throughout the surrounding villages and towns of Bedfordshire, British families listened soberly as the news sank in. Bedfordshire mobilized to do her part in those dark days leading to the Battle of Britain and Dunkirk, with the threat of invasion always present as each day brought renewed crisis. Soon the Americans would come to Bedfordshire and together the British and their Yanks would fight the air war from those pleasant meadowlands spread across the countryside. This is the story of British families and young Americans in Bedfordshire who joined together in the struggle for victory in World War II. Produced by Dr. Vernon L. Williams.  DVD  75 minutes.

RELEASE DATE:  MARCH 2010

 

 

Deenethorpe:  The 401st Bomb Group and the Quest for Peace, 1943-1945

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Deenethorpe traces the story of the 401st Bomb Group (H) from activation and training in the United States to combat operations in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. Based at Deenethorpe, west of Cambridge in wartime England, the men of the 401st took the war to Germany. During combat operations, the 401st flew 254 missions and compiled the best bombing accuracy record for all B-17 bomb groups in the Eighth Air Force. Together with British families in the surrounding villages and towns, these young Americans shared a common commitment to defeat the Nazi threat to mother England and free peoples everywhere. A unique look at the men who spearheaded the air war against Germany and the price that they had to pay. Produced by Dr. Vernon L. Williams.  DVD  60 minutes.

RELEASE DATE: December 2012

 

 

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