William Wyler's documentary "The Memphis Belle" is perhaps the most famous film to emerge from WWII. Wyler and Ed Steichen's "Thunderbolt!", a portrait of the P-47 fighter and the men who flew it, is every bit as important.
Filmed in color in 1944 and narrated by Hollywood favorite James Stewart, the movie shows "Operation Strangle", an effort to crush German supply lines during the Battle of Cassino in Italy.
The following films are contained on this DVD:
- Thunderbolt! - P-47 fighters over Italy - narrated by Jimmy Stewart
- Fight For The Sky - 8th AF fighters (P-38s, P-51s, P-47s) in Europe. There is much air, gun camera and ground footage. Narrated by Ronald Reagan.
- A Day With The A-36s - The A-36 was the ground support version of the P-51 fighter with the original Allison engine (vs. the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine used for the P-51). The Allison engine worked well for this ground support role. See cockpit views of A-36 ground attacks in Sicily, gun camera footage and A-36 ground crew operations.
- 15th Air Force Report - summary of 15th Air Force operations in Europe.
Digitally remastered and restored from original 16mm prints. Please note: because of the age and rarity of these films, image and sound quality can vary.
Run time is about 150 minutes in color and black-and-white. Format is NTSC DVD and region-free.