P-47 Thunderbolts Attack! DVD
* The 362nd Fighter Group: On the prowl over Germany (Color 25:00) Exclusive Production. Revised & updated with additional sound effects! This video contains some of the most exciting color air action sequences to come out of World War II. Select 362nd Fighter Group P-47 Thunderbolt fighter/bombers were especially equipped with extra color movie cameras to capture thrilling ground and air attacks as they happened. These squadrons were tasked with striking targets inside Nazi Germany as the war against the Third Reich entered it’s final act in Spring, 1945. The result is unique “from the cockpit” views putting you in the middle of attacks on tanks, airfields, trucks, rail yards, bridges, trains, fighters, and more. You’ll even see antiaircraft fire arcing up from the ground, bursting around the big Thunderbolts as they make their low level strikes. You’ll meet 362nd CO Col. Joe Laughlin and the pilots and crews of the 377th, 378th and 379th Fighter Squadrons and their aircraft in living color.
*The 365 Fighter Group "Hell Hawks" (Color 18:00) Exclusive Production More exciting P-47 Thunderbolt action from the skies over Germany, Spring, 1945. CO Col. Ray J Stecker leads the men of the 386th, 387th, and 388th Fighter Squadrons into action. You’ll see extensive color footage of the 365th Thunderbolts in their forward bases in France and Belgium and exciting air-to- air and air-to-ground attacks, including rare gun camera film of the shoot down of a Messerschmidt Me 262 jet fighter! As an added bonus, there’s rare color footage of the “Operation Varsity,” the airborne assault across the Rhine.
Air Force P-47 Thunderbolt Gun Camera Film (1945,10:00, Restored Color) New Addition!
color video is taken from archival collection of dark, faded silent
film that we've been able to restore using digital technology. Once
again we've added additional info about the pilots and planes and
added real P-47 Thunderbolt sound effects. Featured pilots from the
362nd Fighter Group are Alvin Lieberman, Robert A Jackson and the
legendary Wilfred Crutchfield, flying his P-47 "Kentucky
Colonel," attacking a wide variety of ground targets in March,
1945. Then you'll
see action packed film from the 389th Fighter Squadron, 366th FG
giving a railyard what was known as "a .50 caliber hosing"
-- relentless strafing runs!
* Bonus feature: Gun camera slow motion replay. (Color 32:00) When an aircraft is traveling at 300+ mph during an attack run, things happen in a hurry. It's often difficult to make sense of everything you’re seeing in the gun camera film. So, we have taken the very extensive gun camera footage in these two videos, isolated it into an additional video, and slowed it down so you have time to see what’s really happening.