Wings For This Man - US 332nd Fighter Group P-47s, flown by negro pilots, engage German bombers and Me109 fighters over Italy.
Italy Date:1944 Duration:2 min 42 sec Sound:Yes
Part 1 of 4 of film "Wings for this Man", also known as "Army Air Forces special film project 151" (narrated by Ronald Reagan) about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first unit of negro pilots in the US Army Air Corps. They comprised the 332nd Fighter Group (nicknamed the Red Tails, because of distinctive red painted tails of their aircraft). They are see engaging a Luftwaffe formation of bombers and fighter escorts over Italy during World War 2. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, of the 322nd Fighter Group, take off from an airfield and head out on morning patrol. They engage a formation of Heinkel He 111 bombers escorted by Me109 fighters. Gun camera footage is seen of the P-47s firing at German Me109s. Several are shot down. German pilot is seen parachuting from one. Afterwards, pilots of 332nd Fighter Group share some of their combat experiences. Views of the kinds of places and circumstances in civilian life from which pilots of the 332nd were drawn. Views of transition from civilian life to the military, including changing into uniforms and boarding a troop train in the snow. View from side of black locomotive and train moving at high speed with smoke pouring out. Montage of locomotive train images.
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