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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.

Directors:

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

Writer:

Lester Koenig (as Master Sergeant Lester Koenig)
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A documentary series on the operations of the 57th Fighter Group in 1944. Stationed in Corsica, their missions largely consisted of low-level attacks on the Italian mainland, far behind the front-line. Their targets were German supplies and the infrastructure carrying it. This was part of Operation Strangle, the idea of which was to weaken the German front-line forces through depriving them of supplies, thus helping the Allied offensive through Italy. The 57th Fighter Group flew one of the greatest fighter-bombers of the war, the iconic Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. Written by grantss

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colpo di fulmine See more »

Filming Locations:

Corsica, France See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Filmed in 1944, not released until 1947. See more »

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Excellent for aviation lovers and also realists
13 May 2019 | by greghmSee all my reviews

As a private pilot, I really liked the aviation scene and the P47 is such an ugly impressive plane.

Great scenes to see in colour.

I am particularly shocked by the way the strafing was done. What's the point of shooting fields, cattle's or trains? There were probability civilians in it. Can't be Huns everywhere.


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