"Battle of Midway" -- World War II Cinemocracy

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"Memphis Belle"

"The Memphis Belle," directed by William Wyler, is a tribute to the crew
of the United States Air Force's 324th Squadron, 91st Heavy Bomber Unit,
an airplane more familiarly known as the Memphis Belle. At the beginning
of the film, the Belle's crew had successfully completed twenty-four
missions in the toughest theater of the air war in Europe, flying
bombing raids deep into Nazi territory. Cameras accompany the Belle on
its twenty-fifth mission. If the crew returns with its mission
accomplished, they will qualify for release from active duty, to be sent
home as teachers and heroes. The film provides a first-person
perspective of a World War II bombing raid, showing how it feels to be
threatened by "flak [enemy fire] so thick you can get out and walk on
it." Much of the film salutes those less fortunate than the crew of the
Memphis Belle, who wear the weight of their experience in "faces [that]
have watched their comrades die."

Producer: William Wyler
Audio/Visual: Sound, Color

Creative Commons License: Public Domain

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