World War 2

The Airmen and the Headhunters

Behind the Scenes Gallery

See archival images, stills from reenactments, and images of the men today who lived “The Airmen and the Headhunters.

Dogfight Over Guadalcanal

Barrett Tillman

Barrett Tillman, an author and historian who appears in the film “Dogfight Over Guadalcanal,” discusses the art of the dogfight and the Guadalcanal campaign.

Dogfight Over Guadalcanal

The Guadalcanal Assault

On August 7, 1942, the opening day of the Guadalcanal campaign, American forces began shelling Guadalcanal and neighboring Tulagi in the Solomon Islands.

Dogfight Over Guadalcanal

Full Episode

“Dogfight Over Guadalcanal” examines the showdown between 30-year-old Southerland in his Wildcat, and Saburo Sakai, 25, in his Mitsubishi Zero. Watch the full episode online.