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First Lt. Clark Gable's 1943 Color Feature Film That Follows The Men Of The 351st Bombardment Group Of The US 8th Army Air Force All The Way From Gunnery Practice To Combat Missions Over Germany! PLUS Bonus Feature MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: THE STORY OF THE FLYING FORTRESS! All In All Regions DVD Format!
COMBAT AMERICA (1943, TECHNICOLOR, 1:00)
Created and narrated by the eminent Hollywood actor Clark Gable, this film, entirely in color, follows the 40 B-17 Flying Fortresses, 400 crewmen and 3600 support crew personnel of the 351st Bombardment Group, from the end of their training at a Colorado training field to actual combat over St. Nazaire, Emden, Kiel, Wilhelmshaven, Bremen, Hamburg, Amien, Flushing, Stuttgart, Brussels & more. Produced at the command of General Henry H. Arnold, Commanding General of the Army Air Forces, as an orientation film for gunners training to serve in the European theater of operations prior to the availability of long range fighter escorts, the aerial battles of the gunners against attacking Messerchmidt & Focke Wulfe fighters are as intense as the dogfights of the Spitfires and Thunderbolts. You'll see astounding combat damage on returned B-17s; colorful nose art; a captured Junkers 88 bomber in flight; British Air-Sea Rescue; the awarding of Purple Hearts, Silver Stars & Distinguished Flying Crosses; many shots of the local population, recreational and cultural sites; Bob Hope in a USO show; complete bombing runs dropping heavy explosive, incendiary and anti-personnel ordnace in the face of flak and fighters; the care and recovery of the wounded; ground preparations, maintenance and repair by the ground crews (on 90 hour shifts!); the Duke of Gloucester, General Eaker and General Arnold; air mishaps and crashes; and much more!
BONUS FEATURE: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: THE STORY OF THE FLYING FORTRESS (1944, 8:58)
A chronicle of an autumn 1942 8th Army Air Force mission over Europe, from the preparation of the planes straight through to return to base, including aerial footage of the bombing mission itself.