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Norman Alley's Bombing of U.SS. Panay

Aboard the USS Panay, on the 12th of December 1937, was a Universal News cameraman who had covered World War I and was in China to report on the Japanese invasion.  Norman Alley had a motto about his work:  “Go to h_ _ _ if you must — but bring back pictures of it!” 

With him was Eric Mayell of Movietone News.  Both men experienced the trauma of the Panay attack - and filmed it.  This is their newsreel.

When President Roosevelt and other government officials saw the entire footage, they were gravely concerned about its impact on the American people.  As a result, Norman Alley and Universal agreed to remove thirty incriminating feet of coverage from the film.  In doing so, they may have helped to avert war - at that time - with Japan.


Media Credits

Norman Alley's Bombing of U.SS. Panay - online, courtesy Archive.org.

Information on Norman Alley and the Panay newsreel from Great News Photos and the Stories Behind Them, by John Faber.

 

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