P-47 Thunderbolts Go To War DVD covers the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter. Included are three classic films of World War II.
Film #1 - Thunderbolt!. Chronicles the exploits of the P-47 Thunderbolt pilots of the Fighting Gamecocks of the 65th Fighter squadron, 57th Fighter Group. Based on the island of Corsica off the northwest coast of the Italian boot, they flew from behind the enemy's flank. As part of Operation Strangle, they continuously attacked highways, bridges, ammo dumps, railroads and just about anything that moved to choke off the flow of supplies to the Axis front line. This film not only features one-of-a-kind P-47 combat footage, it also shows day-to-day life on a forward air base, including vintage pilot slang. In color with a run time of about 45 minutes.
Film #2 - P-47 Combat Operations. This film was shown to fledgling Jug pilots before they shipped out to forward air bases around the world. This engrossing video features a half-dozen real pilots flying real missions in a variety of roles in all theater of war, including very rare footage of Thunderbolt napalm attacks against Japanese pill boxes in the Pacific. You'll hear the action described in their own words, including a liberal sprinkling of vintage pilot slang. In B+W with a run time of about 17 minutes.
Film #3 - Ramrod to Emden. The 56th Fighter Group (made up of the 61, 62 & 63 squadrons) was one of the most storied Air Corps units of World War II. Home to aces like David Schilling (22 kills), Frances Gabby Gabreski (28), Robert S. Johnson (27), Fred Christensen (21.5), Walker Mahurin (21), and CO Hubert Hub Zemke (18), the 56th blazed an early trail across the skies of the ETO in their massive but deadly P-47 Thunderbolts. Ramrod to Emden is the action packed story of their Dec 11, 1943 bomber escort mission (aka a ramrod) to Emden, Germany. In B+W with a run time of about 34 minutes.
The DVD is in NTSC format, and is packaged in a plain clear plastic C-Shell DVD case without paper graphics.