Happy Birthday, Clark Gable!
Excerpted from: WAR NEWS FROM THE SOUTH PACIFIC [ETC.], 1943.
Series: Motion Picture Films from “United News” Newsreels, 1942 - 1945
Record Group 208: Records of the Office of War Information, 1926 - 1951
The “King of Hollywood” (and U.S. Army Air Forces aerial gunner), William Clark Gable was born 115 years ago on February 1, 1901. In the newsreel clip above, he returns a salute, having just received his aerial gunner’s wings. Following his training, Gable went on to help produce the aerial gunner recruiting film “Combat America”, flying 5 bombing missions over Europe in the process.