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The Cold Blue (2018)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 17 June 2018 (USA)
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A tribute to one of the world's great filmmakers and the men of the 8th Air Force who flew mission after suicidal mission in the Second World War.


Erik Nelson
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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 AFI Fest

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7 June 2019 | by dncorpSee all my reviews

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Historical Facts

Was still the U.S. Army Air Corps until became the U.S. Air Force 18 September 1947 AFTER World War 2. They were still U.S. Army Soldiers not U.S. Air Force "Airmen".

Due to the 1918 Spanish Influenza that killed most from ages 9 to 40 most of those Drafted at the beginning of World War 2 were "OLD" men. Like the High School Teacher depicted by Saving Private Ryan. There were Many World War 1 Veterans that fought during World War 2 (The Big Red One 1980). After most of the "Old Men" were killed in Combat during the Beginning of World War 2, after the Teens became 18 to 21, the U.S. started "Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel" as to how so many 17 to 24 year Olds ended up on the 1944 Beaches of Normandy and NOT the U.S. Army Air Corps 1942-1943 (average Age 24 to 26).

Unfortunately, most "Leaders" still had the idea of NO Strategy and Tactics, and were sending as many as possible in Human Wave Charges just like World War 1's "Trench Warfare" against many Machineguns. The same is what happened with the U.S. Army Air Corps, "Massive Bombing Raids" as a "Duck Shoot" for the Enemy Anti Aircraft Guns, kind of like the World War 1 Human Wave Charges.

"High Altitude Bombing" was very inaccurate, required many aircraft to repeatedly do many missions over and over until target destroyed. During High Altitude Bombing "Runs" the Pilot and Co Pilot were Required to maintain a straight line flight, altitude, and speed, making them very easy to get shot down as seen for many Miles away because they were flying so high. During the 1942 Doolittle Raid the B-25 flying Low Level Bombing, were very accurate as there was no "Bomb Glide Slope Angle", No Windage, No Lead Time, nor any other Factors that would cause the Bombs to miss the assigned Targets. Because the Doolittle Bombers were flying so low by the time the Enemy saw them coming over the Horizon the U.S. Bombers were already miles behind the Enemy Anti Aircraft.

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