In 1943, director William Wyler crafted 'Memphis Belle,' a tribute to the titular WWII bomber. Using footage from the National Archives shot by Wyler and his team, director Erik Nelson has created a new film, featuring narration from some of the last surviving B-17 pilots.Written by
The Air Force has gone by a number of names since it's creation in 1907. In 1926 it was designated as the US Army Air Corps / USAAC. That name was changed 20 June 1941 to US Army Air Forces / USAAF, simply known as the Army Air Forces. The Air Force retained the USAAF name through out WWII until as mentioned above it became a separate branch of the military in 1947, the US Air Force. See more »
Very good people. As you know, at the beginning of the war they weren't too enamored by the Yanks comin' over. They said we were "overpaid, oversexed and over here,"
I remember that.
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We owe so much to these boys plucked from farms, shops, and their homes to fight Hitler in Europe in 1942. These boys left home, some of them not yet 20 years old. Fighting cold, German fighters, and fear of not coming home at the end of a mission, they were the 8th Air Force flying daylight bombing missions against the German fatherland. Flying 5 hours there and 5 back while flying thru German fighters and flak to lay a few bombs on a target they may had hit the day before and the day before that too. Sometimes barely making it home with only part of a tail or on 3 engines to land and have their ground crews patch them up for the next mission. So proud of these teenagers and early 20's boys forced to grow up too fast and too early in a war they didn't start or want either.
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