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Thunderbolt (1945): Story of a P-47 Squadron, WWII

Produced by Monogram Pictures Corp. for the U.S. Army Air Force, this film captures footage of the air war over Italy during World War II, focusing on the life and death struggle of a P-47 Thunderbolt squadron.

Directed by William Wyler and John Sturges; hosted by Jimmy Stewart; narrated by Lloyd Bridges and Eugene Kern.

In addition to showing how the pilots’ activities seriously crippled the Nazi fighting ability, hastening the sweep of Allied forces into Rome, footage also shows the suffering of non-combatants on the ground (i.e., children who played near a burned corpse, destroyed buildings, etc.).

 

Production Date: 1945

Access Restriction(s): Unrestricted

Use Restriction(s): Unrestricted

National Archives Identifier: 63897

Local Identifier: 342-SFP-182

 

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