Tactics of U.S. 8th Air Force fighters for escorting bombers over Germany during World War II.
Germany Date:1944 Duration:6 min 11 sec Sound:Yes
U.S.Army Air Corps P-47s with engines running, taxiing our for takeoff. Army personnel in Runway control unit with signal light.(Few seconds of film reversed.) Among the aircraft seen is P-47D, number 42-28543 named “Pat” piloted by Capt. Gordon S Stevens,of Smithfield,North Carolina, of the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, stationed in England.(He was killed in action, 18 September 1944.) Views of the P-47s enroute to join up with B-17 bomber formations. P-51s and P-38s taking off. P-51s inflight to relieve P-47s of escort duty.US pilot with mission profile inked on back of his hand. Narrator (Ronald Reagan?) describes the way successive relays of U.S. fighters relieved each other performing bomber escort duties. Scenes from captured German film shows alarm sounding and German fighter pilots scrambling in Me-109s and FW-190s to intercept the U.S. bombers. Escorting U.S. P-51s jettison their long range drop tanks preparing to meet attacking German interceptors. Gun camera footage shows many German fighters being destroyed.P-47s, P-51s and P-38s firing their guns. Several Me-109s in formation. German gun camera clip showing many B-17s being shot to pieces by 22mm gunfire and falling, often in flames.
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