Video Gallery

NORTH CAROLINA’S WWII EXPERIENCE took three years of researching hours of archival film footage, hundreds of photographs and countless documents, stories and interviews. In the process, UNC-TV created its own archive of video, photos, veteran stories, and behind-the-scenes commentary that provides an intimate look at this era’s people, places and events that allows you to become a part of this truly North Carolina experience.

Webisode One: WWII–Helen Snapp/WASP

Rob Holliday tells the story of Helen Snapp, a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP, who flew military aircraft during World War II. Ms. Snapp was stationed at Camp Davis at Holly Ridge in Onslow County from 1943-44 and flew bombers and pursuit planes in combat training missions. One of her duties was towing aerial targets over Topsail Island for anti aircraft gunners practicing with live ammunition. UNC-TV pays tribute to the Tar Heel State’s men and women who served and sacrificed in what was called “the deadliest conflict in human history.” (Onslow County)

Webisode Two: WWII: Colonel Robert Morgan/”Memphis Belle”

Rob Holliday tells the story of Asheville native Colonel Robert Morgan who piloted the famous B-17 Flying Fortress “Memphis Belle” during World War II. It was the first aircraft in the VIII Bomber Command to complete its combat tour of 25 missions plus return safely to the USA. UNC-TV pays tribute to the Tar Heel State’s men and women who served and sacrificed in what was called “the deadliest conflict in human history.” (Onslow County)

Webisode Three: WWII: Robert Forsyth/Devil Dogs

Rob Holliday narrates the story of Pinehurst native Robert Forsyth, a renowned dog handler who served in the Marines from 1942 to 1945. He was a member of the First War Dog Platoon, where he fought overseas in the South Pacific with his canine partner Liney, a Doberman Pinscher. UNC-TV pays tribute to the Tar Heel State’s men and women who served and sacrificed in what was called “the deadliest conflict in human history.” (Onslow County)

Webisode Four: WWII: Billy Sutton/Coast Guard

Rob Holliday narrates the story of Coast Guard Seaman 1st Class Billy Sutton, whose World War Two service involved patrolling Wilmington’s beaches. He would ride on horseback to watch against German submarine sabotage, which at the time was regarded as a serious threat. UNC-TV pays tribute to the Tar Heel State’s men and women who served and sacrificed in what was called “the deadliest conflict in human history.” (New Hanover Co.)

ACT 7: War on the Homefront

In Act 7 (of 20), entitled, “War on the Homefront,” see how in 1942, torpedoes began wreaking havoc along North Carolina’s coast as German submarines started targeting U.S. ships transporting oil and supplies.

ACT 15: Love and Marriage

In Act 15 (of 20), entitled “Love and Marriage,” the documentary examines, as the war raged on, couples’ growing quandary: should they get married or wait until the war was over?

ADDITIONAL WEB BONUS MATERIAL:


U.S. War Department Film Bulletin, “Attack Via the Sky” – footage of parachute and explosive training at Fort Bragg, NC.


Laurinburg-Maxton Army Air Force Glide Base


U.S. War Department Film Bulletin, “our Army in the Making” – footage of parachute training and equipment at Fort Bragg, NC.