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The US Army Air Force in World War 2: Behind the Scenes
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The US Army Air Force in World War 2
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Four exciting films with two hours of digitally restored
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Photographic Intelligence for Bombardment Aviation
Ditch and Live in a B-17
Learn & Live: Pilot Heaven
Carl Sandburg's “Bomber

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The US Army Air Force in World War 2: Behind the Scenes

Four exciting films with two hours of digitally restored sound & video in excellent condition!

* Photographic Intelligence for Bombardment Aviation (1943-24:00) Top secret & never shown to the public, this picture is an amazing time capsule from World War 2. Starring screen legend Alan Ladd (Shane, This Gun for Hire) it's like a real life detective story, seen only by Air Intelligence trainees. “Smitty,” an American Captain in photo analysis stationed in a misty Scottish castle, becomes obsessed with a photo recon picture taken over Hamburg, Germany, that has anomalies he just can't explain. The story of how he solves this riddle using persistence, insight and World War 2 High Tech (including “Stereo Vision”) is a fascinating tale. You'll see all phases of Photographic Intelligence in action, from initial missions flown by Lockheed F5s (recon version of the P-38) high over Germany, through Phase 1 Tactical Analysis to Phase 2 Strategic Analysis. You'll learn all the details of how photographic missions were selected & flown and how the resulting pictures were processed, organized, distributed, analyzed and used to determine bombing targets. This film shows a crucial ingredient in World War 2 bombing you won't see anywhere else!

* Ditch and Live in a B-17 (1944- 43:00) Produced for the eyes of Allied aircrews only. Ditching was a fact of life for stricken aircraft, from the frozen white tops of the North Sea to the Shark infested waters of the South Pacific. “Lt. Reynolds.” played by veteran actor Arthur Kennedy (Lawrence of Arabia), is copilot on a B-17 that ditches at sea. He's survives by pure luck, but the rest of the crew is lost due to a lack of preparation. When he gets his own ship, Reynolds vows his crew is thoroughly trained in B-17 ditching. He gives them the straight dope, step by step. You'll see training on land and in the water on everything from crew preparation, responsibilities, crash positioning, exiting the plane, emergency supplies, launching & operating dinghies to using an emergency radio, navigating, rations, first aid & a lot more. And after sinking a Japanese cruiser, (as you might expect) Reynolds & the his crew are shot down and have to put everything they learned into practice in stormy seas. Excellent picture quality, a dramatic storyline & realistic acting, with lots of great interior shots of the Flying Fortress. A must have for every B-17 fan!

* Learn & Live: Pilot Heaven (1943-44:00) Pilot deaths during training were all too frequent in World War 2, a grim fact that was kept from the public, but was a matter of grave concern to the Army Air Corps. Shown only to pilots, this wonderful film is a unique combination of an entertaining, sometimes surreal storyline, with practical nuts and bolts safety training. Saint Peter (Guy Kibby) gives “Joe Instructor” a temporary pass to ”Pilot Heaven,” because he's concerned that so many more young trainees are coming up stairs before their time, due to ignoring procedures or excessive bravado. What follows are a dozen case studies of how recent arrivals, wearing angels wings, shooting pool & playing cards, met their fates, told with pointed, often sarcastic humor. (Their crashes are unflinchingly portrayed as a harsh warning,) Their SNAFUS, realistically set down on Earth, include fatal failures to use checklists & forms, flying into a storm, carburetor icing, extending a glide during landing, “doping off'” (day dreaming about your girl), not clearing your engine before takeoff, and doing crazy acrobatics at tree top level – a sight to see in itself! Each lesson is an entertaining vignette with a clear message, giving you up close views of World War 2 aircraft, including B-24s, P-38s, P-39s T-6s & Steamans. A true classic!

* Bonus Short: Carl Sandburg's “Bomber” (1942 -10:00) This dramatic film was produced for and shown to defense plant workers, lauding and encouraging their important work. Three time Pulitzer Prize winning poet & biographer Carl Sandburg wrote the script for this stirring tribute to a marvelous aircraft, the B-26 medium bomber, and to the men & women who built them in the Martin's Marietta Georgia plant. Striking Life Magazine style documentary cinematography combines with Sandburg's powerful words to create an unforgettable portrait of Americans working 24/7/365 to help win the War. “John Henry on one wing and Paul Bunyan on the other!” A memorable look inside a full steam ahead B-26 production line, bristling with innovation & ingenuity from sub assemblies to finished bombers flying off the strip, A must have for B-26 fans & anyone who's inspired by powerful words and images showing “The Greatest Generation” hard at work.

Ditch at Sea and Live in a Boeing B-17 (1944- Restored)

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