Documentary short film produced by the American Army Air Forces extolling the exploits of the American fighter pilots who destroyed the German Luftwaffe and allowed the Allies to proceed with the invasion of Europe.Written by
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As someone mentioned, there is an extended 41minute version of Fight for the Sky that is far superior to the one reviewed here. That one is narrated by sometimes actor Reed Hadley who did several other WWII era documentaries including The Last Bomb, which chronicles a B-29 daylight raid over Japan in 1945. Hadley also covered an A-bomb test that was documented sometime after WWII. See more »
There are two versions of this film, one running around 20 minutes and another running slightly over 40. The longer film features footage of fighter pilots relaxing while off duty and more extensive coverage of the briefing before their mission. Both films are packed with gun camera footage of aerial combat and strafing runs.
Ronald Reagan narrates the shorter version, which probably played in theaters and later on television. The narrator of the longer film isn't identified, though his is a familiar and very professional voice.
Reagan's narration refers to the unit shown as the 62nd Fighter Group, which did not exist. The airfield footage most likely was of the 56th Group. In one scene in the longer film a truck is seen bearing that outfit's designation on its bumper.
Images of several fighter aces appear at the end of both films. All shown survived the war, though some as POWs.
Either version of "The Fight for the Sky" is a fine tribute to those who flew and fought so valiantly in the skies above Western Europe in World War 2.
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