Documentary about the 25th and last bombing mission of a B17, the "Memphis Belle". The "Memphis Belle" took part in a great bombing raid on sub-pens in Wilhelmshafen, Germany. On their way ...
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A WW2 documentary on the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter/bomber pilots in missions (Operation Strangle) from their base in Corsica to Northern Italy in 1944, destroying railroads, bridges, trains, vehicles and hard targets.
Documentary about the 25th and last bombing mission of a B17, the "Memphis Belle". The "Memphis Belle" took part in a great bombing raid on sub-pens in Wilhelmshafen, Germany. On their way they encounterd heavy AA fire and interceptors. Written by
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The "Memphis Belle" seen in this film, a Boeing B-17F (serial no.41-24485), was moved to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio in October, 2005 to undergo a multi-year restoration process. As of October 2015, it is still undergoing that process which is scheduled to last another three years, after which the aircraft will be placed on display for the public. See more »
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This is a documentary made by the US Army Air Corps and directed by William Wyler during WWII and. It features the plane and crew of the Memphis Bellethe first bomber to complete its tour of duty successfully. Because of its successes and luck, the bomber and crew were eventually returned to the US for a bond-raising tour. This film was made to coincide with this.
A few things will probably strike you as you watch. First, it is (unlike most films of the day) in coloralbeit a bit grainy and washed out. Second, the narration is very grim and directnon-romanticized all the way. As for the film itself, it's a delight to air buffs as it not only shows footage of the bomber but shows it in action, explains bombing runs and other technical information. It even shows footage of bombers being shot down and damage to the bombers. Clearly this is not just another gung-ho propaganda film but one that stresses realism above all. As a result of these factors, this is a great filmone that is gripping even when seen today.
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