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The Eagle in the Sun

Expected Release Date:  Spring 2025

The American Air War Against Germany in the ETO, 1942-1945

The Eighth and Ninth Air Forces in England mounted a daylight bombing strategy against German-occuppied Europe.

Early missions were costly against the effective Luftwaffe defenders and ground 88 flak batteries.

How the new P-51 Mustang changed the air war, as these long range fighters stayed with the bomber stream all the way to target.

General James Doolittle ordered a new fighter escort strategy, increasing effectiveness and success.

Spring 1944 brought intense tactical bombing in preparation for the D-Day landings.

The destruction of the Luftwaffe turned the tide in the air war over Europe.

“To become an ace, a fighter pilot must have extraordinary eyesight, strength, and agility, a huntsman’s eye, coolness in a pinch, calculated recklessness, a full measure of courage and occasional luck!”

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During the early years of the war, the United States deployed two numbered air forces to England in 1942 and 1943, in preparation for the air war against Germany in Europe. The Eighth Air Force, along with its operational components, arrived in England in early 1942. The Ninth Air Force first deployed to Africa in support of ground operations in North Africa and later Sicily and Italy. In October 1943 the Ninth moved to England to join the Eighth in preparing for the Normandy invasion.

This documentary film examines the struggles and high casualties in the early stages of the air war as the United States suffered from short range fighter deficiencies, overwhelming Luftwaffe air power, effective German anti- aircraft batteries, and limited aircraft inventories in the bomber and fighter groups on station in England. Soon that would change.

This is the story of increasing Allied successes as overpowering numbers of new aircraft and additional bomber and fighter groups arrived in England to make a difference in the skies over Europe. Watch as the Luftwaffe began to disappear and Allied tactical and strategic operations defeated the German war machine.

Length 58 minutes


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