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Thurleigh Memories

$24.95

Beginnings at Salt Lake Air Base with four aircraft, three old B-18s and an A-7, while later building a bomb group at Wendover, Utah.

Overseas over the North Atlantic route and on the Queen Elizabeth bound for England.

The 306th Bomb Group–the basis for the movie 12 O’Clock High and the first group to take the war to the German homeland.

Land Army girls, marriage, and life in East Anglia during the war.

Combat in the early days, heavy losses, falling morale, and the high cost of victory.

1944–the air war begins to turn in the Allies’ favor as the 306th leaves behind the costly early Berlin and Schweinfurt raids and D-Day.

“They were a bit brash, a bit noisey and had too much money. But then we also thought that they were very lonely, and they were someone elses’ brothers and most of us, had brothers who were away in the service, so good manners taught you to be at least friendly with them.”

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In the early days of the air war against Germany, the 306th Bomb Group delivered the first bomb loads into the heart of the German homeland. Faced with terrible losses and limited resources, the 306th helped prove the viability of high altitude daylight precision bombing. This documentary explores the bomb group’s early training history in the United States and includes a dramatic look at the combat work performed by the aircrews in the skies over occupied Europe, and the extraordinary support provided by the base ground crews around the clock. Today the 306th Museum on the old base keeps the spirit of the wartime drama at Thurleigh alive.

The film includes never before seen interviews of 306th air crews and ground personnel who offer their experiences to new generations of Americans. Their stories are complemented by the memories of British women and children who remember the Yanks with clarity and great fondness.

Length 58 minutes

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