United States B-17 Flying Fortresses escorted by P-51 fighter aircraft during World War II
Germany Date:1945 Duration:1 min 32 sec Sound:Yes
Allied warplanes in formation flying over Germany during World War II. Extreme closeup of a B-17 bomber in flight. Crew members can be seen in their positions in the cockpit, in the nose and in the top gun turret. Inside a B-17 cockpit, the pilot and copilot are seen wearing their oxygen masks. Closeup of two U.S. Army Air Forces P-51 aircraft supposedly providing fighter escort for B-17s. The nearest is a P-51D-5-NA, tail number 44-13325, VF-Z of the 336th Fighter Squadron,4th Fighter Group (probably flown by Lieutenant Earl F. Hustwit). Next, an African American pilot is shown in the cockpit of a fighter plane. Scene shifts back to the pilots in the B-17. Distant view of B-17 formation with top-cover formation of fighters. Another view of P-51, number 44-13325 and its wingman, in flight. Another view of the African American pilot in his cockpit. Several German Messerschmitt Bf 109 aircraft flying toward the camera. Three passing the camera.. View of several P-51s in flight. They release their belly drop tanks and peel off, ostensibly to engage German fighters. View of African American pilot, in cockpit, diving with hand on stick, pressing gun firing trigger. Closeup of guns firing from aircraft wing. A German fighter being struck and smoking. More views of the African American pilot in his cockpit. Gun camera view of an American fighter plane pursuing a German aircraft close to the ground. The German plane is hit and explodes. A P-51 flying close to the ground. Extreme closeup, again, of B-17 in flight, its pilots in cockpit, and the same two P-51s from the 336th Fighter Squadron, ostensibly escorting them. (Note African American fighter pilots, known as the Tuskegee Airmen flew in the 332nd Fighter Group during the war. Unfortunately, none of the aircraft from that renowned Group of "Red Tails" are actually seen in this film.)
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