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Thunderbolt (1947)

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.

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(as Capt John Sturges), (as Lt Col William Wyler)

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(as Master Sergeant Lester Koenig)
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A documentary on the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft and its use in missions over Italy circa 1944 in the Second World War. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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26 July 1947 (USA)  »

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Director William Wyler lost his hearing during production of this film when he flew in a noisy, unpressurized transport plane. He was subsequently medically discharged from the Army, but eventually got some hearing back in one year. Hence, the delay in the release of this film. See more »

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You can tell this wasn't released during the war.
24 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

This film is introduced by Jimmy Stewart and part of the narration is provided by Lloyd Bridges. It shows the duties of a fighter group-- P-47 pilots whose job it is to blow the crap out of railroads, roads and targets of opportunity in order to choke off supplies to German troops in Southern Italy.

"Thunderbolt" was made in 1944 or 1945 (the film says 1944 and IMDb says '45) but it wasn't released until 1947. You can actually tell it wasn't released during the war because some aspects of this documentary probably wouldn't have done a lot to stir up the folks at home with patriotic zeal. This is because the documentary shows a few things that might have discouraged the audiences--such as one of the American planes crashing and killing the pilot. Also, there were quite a few VERY grisly corpses--things that I doubt that they would have wanted to show civilians. For the most part, films shown to the public were pretty sanitized...and this one wasn't. Now this is NOT a complaint- -in fact it makes this a much better and more realistic film. My only complaint about the film is the terrible quality of all the color footage. It's very degraded and muddy and could use conservation.


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