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    American Spitfire pilot - a short documentary with rare home movies

    This is a short documentary put together by professional film makers, from the personal movies taken by their grandfather, a US Army Air Corps pilot and flight surgeon, of Americans flying Spitfires out of England, 1942 - 1945.

    SPITFIRE 944 - YouTube

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    Excellent! Thank you for posting that.~Muir

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    That was a great short film . I loved the point where he realized he was watching himself belly in the Spitfire , priceless .


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    Fantastic, thanks.

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    Magical to see the reaction of the pilot to film footage he had never seen before. Excellent thanks for posting.
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    The greatest aircraft during WW2, flown by the bravest of men. What a remarkable piece of history, and a brave man who along with many others we owe our freedom too.
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    Don't disagree Malc about the bravery of the men but as fine as the spitfire was it's really a matter of debate as to whether it was the finest aircraft or for that matter even the finest fighter of the era.
    As to our freedom don't even get me started, what happened to our pistols and self loading rifles never mind hunting with dogs.
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    Wonderful. Thank you.
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    What a wonderful short film - thanks so much for posting that.

    They really were incredible men in an incredible age - to think a lad in his early 20's would fly to Berlin....Berlin an unarmed Spitfire to take photos. Amazing, and humbling.

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    This was very real to me, because my father took hundreds of photos from 1942 through 1945, of his time as a pilot in the CBI theater, and one of my four uncles who were stationed in England during 1943 and 1944 was a reconnaissance officer and flew with this group of Americans flying Spitfires. He later became commander of an RAF base.

    Right now, I am trying to get my hands on the hundreds of photos my oldest uncle took as an infantry officer in France, 1917-1918, at Meuse Argonne, Chateau Thierry, Belleau Wood, and other major battles. His fellow officer, a friend from his home town who had enlisted with him, took a hand crank movie camera and filmed life in the trenches and the actual battles.

    So this documentary excites me. It is very well done, and very personal, to all involved.

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