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Fly And Fight With The Crew On An Actual Bombing Mission Over Germany In William Wyler's Award Winning Film About The Last Mission Of A B-17 PLUS Bonus 3 Features: The Opening And Closing Segments Of "THE MEMPHIS BELLE (Documentary, 1990), "B-17: THE FLYING FORTRESS" and "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: THE STORY OF THE FLYING FORTRESS" -- All Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! #MemphisBelle #TheMemphisBelle #EighthAirForce #WilliamWyler #B17 #FlyingFortress #StrategicBombingDuringWorldWarII #StrategicBombingDuringWWII #AirWarfareOfWorldWarII #AirWarfareOfWWII #WorldWarII #WWII #AmericanFilmIndustryDuringWorldWarII #AmericanFilmIndustryDuringWWII #AmericaWorldWarII #AmericaWWII #AmericanHomefrontWWII #AmericanHomefrontWorldWarII #UnitedStatesHomeFrontDuringWorldWarII #USHomeFrontDuringWorldWarII #WorldWarII #WWII #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
THE MEMPHIS BELLE: A STORY OF A FLYING FORTRESS (Technicolor, 1943, 39:40)
Fly and fight with the crew on an actual bombing mission over Germany in this award winning film (NBR Award for Best Documentary, National Board of Review, 1944; National Film Registry Award, National Film Preservation Board, 2001) about the last mission in the tour of duty of a B-17 crew and their indominable airplane.
THE MEMPHIS BELLE (Color, 1990, 8 Minutes.)
The opening and closing segments of the 1990 documentary presentation of the film, with interviews with US Eighth Air Force airmen who flew the same kinds of missions the Memphis Belle did, and in the same model plane, the B-17.
BONUS FEATURE #1: B-17: THE FLYING FORTRESS (Color, 1988, 23 Minutes)
A repectful tribute to the history and importance of the great iconic American bomber. aided by the insights of such men with experience of the plane as General Curtis LeMay, who commanded the US 8th Air Force bomber command that flew the B-17s over Fortress Europe during World War II, as well as Tom Landry, the coach of the Dallas Cowboys football team and a B-17 co-pilot veteran of the 8th Air Force.
BONUS FEATURE #2: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: THE STORY OF THE FLYING FORTRESS (Black/White, 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.
The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress is a 1944 documentary film which ostensibly provides an account of the final mission of the crew of the Memphis Belle, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. In May 1943 it became the third U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 missions over Europe, but the first to return to the United States. The dramatic 16 mm color film of actual battles was made by three cinematographers, including First Lieutenant Harold J. Tannenbaum. Tannenbaum, a veteran of World War I, was killed in action during the filming when the bomber he was in was shot down over France on April 16, 1943. The film was directed by Major William Wyler, narrated by Eugene Kern, and had scenes at its station, RAF Bassingbourn, photographed by Hollywood cinematographer Captain William H. Clothier. It was made under the auspices of the First Motion Picture Unit, part of the United States Army Air Forces. The film actually depicted the next to last mission of the crew (see below) on May 15, 1943, and was made as a morale-building inspiration for the Home Front by showing the everyday courage of the men who manned these bombers.
Strategic Bombing During World War II was the sustained aerial attack on railways, harbours, cities, workers' and civilian housing, and industrial districts in enemy territory during World War II. Strategic bombing is a military strategy which is distinct from both close air support of ground forces and tactical air power. During World War II, it was believed by many military strategists of air power that major victories could be won by attacking industrial and political infrastructure, rather than purely military targets. Strategic bombing often involved bombing areas inhabited by civilians and some campaigns were deliberately designed to target civilian populations in order to terrorize them and disrupt their usual activities. International law at the outset of World War II did not specifically forbid aerial bombardment of cities despite the prior occurrence of such bombing during World War I, the Spanish Civil War, and the Second Sino-Japanese War. Strategic bombing during World War II began on 1 September 1939 when Germany invaded Poland and the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) began bombing cities and the civilian population in Poland in an aerial bombardment campaign. As the war continued to expand, bombing by both the Axis and the Allies increased significantly. The Royal Air Force began bombing military targets in Germany, such as docks and shipyards, in March 1940, and began targeting Berlin in August 1940. In September 1940, the Luftwaffe began targeting British cities in the Blitz. After the beginning of Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, the Luftwaffe attacked Soviet cities and infrastructure. From February 1942 onward, the British bombing campaign against Germany became even less restrictive and increasingly targeted industrial sites and civilian areas. When the United States began flying bombing missions against Germany, it reinforced these efforts and controversial firebombings were carried out against Hamburg (1943), Dresden (1945), and other German cities. In the Pacific War, the Japanese bombed civilian populations throughout the war (e.g. in Chongqing). The US air raids on Japan began in earnest in October 1944 and by March 1945 had started their escalation into widespread firebombing, which culminated in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August 1945, respectively. The effect of strategic bombing was highly debated during and after the war. Both the Luftwaffe and RAF failed to deliver a knockout blow by destroying enemy morale. However, some argued that strategic bombing of non-military targets could significantly reduce enemy industrial capacity and production and in the opinion of its interwar period proponents, the surrender of Japan vindicated strategic bombing.