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This series chronicles the adventures--in the air and on the ground--of the men of the 918th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Eighth Air Force. First commanded by irascible General Frank Savage--and later by Colonel Joe Gallagher, the son of a Pentagon General--the Group is stationed in England, and flies long-range bombing missions into German-held Europe. Written by
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In the initial episodes of the series, Savage wears a normal A-2 leather flight jacket with rounded collar points and general's stars on the ends of the epaulet straps at the shoulder. This changes in later episodes to another jacket with sharp collar points, stars in the middle of the epaulets, a cigarette pouch on the left arm, and expansion gussets at the rear of each shoulder. See more »
In many scenes through the series crew members are shown smoking on or near aircraft. Smoking was never allowed anywhere near aircraft or ammo by the Air Force since day one. It was especially prohibited in the days when aviation fuel was 100 octane gasoline which was then used by prop-driven aircraft like the B-17. See more »
I watched this program with my dad, who was a WWII vet and former POW, when I was very little. Recently, I purchased the entire set and began to watch all over again. I, too, did not accept the death of General Savage and always thought they would find him somewhere and bring him back. The naiveté of the young....
I always felt Colonel Gallagher was a poor replacement until I began to really watch these episodes as an adult. I think people tend to compare the two and there is just not a comparison to be made. Frank Savage was a maverick and a very decisive character. You didn't see him delving out too much sympathy or being overly sentimental. Joe Gallagher had a lot of baggage to carry around with an overbearing General (Max Gallagher) for a father and issues with his self worth. Each character should be judged for their own merit. We knew a lot more about Joe than we did about Frank.
I don't think Robert Lansing should have been replaced and I do think the program would have fared very well had he been allowed to continue the role. However, since the powers that be decided to replace him, we should judge Paul Burke for the person he was portraying and not for his ability to play like he was Frank Savage.
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