S u m m a r y
||Target for Today
available online from Wade Meyers Studios
||Great behind the scenes
footage of the 8th Air Force ; great inspiration for modellers.
Reviewed by Floyd S. Werner Jr.
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What happened behind
the scenes at 8th Air Force Headquarters? How were targets
selected and who had what part to play? Those are just some of the
questions that this film answers.
Before the main
feature there is a short video of General HapArnold explaining why it is
important to fight the war. He is noticeably uncomfortable in front of
the camera but it is nice to put a voice to such a historic face.
The main feature of
the DVD includes scenes that are used in other documentaries. If you
are looking for an action packed video this may not be your cup of tea.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some great action sequences in this film.
The primary focus of this film is not the actual bombing and fighter
strafing, it is on the planning and execution. The men behind the
scenes, the rear echelon mother f***ers, or REMFs for those who have
These are not
professional actors and many of the airmen look uncomfortable in front
of the camera, especially General H.H. Arnold.
selection, target selection, ingress and egress routes, search and
rescue, aircraft survivability equipment, and all the other small, but
essential elements are brought together to contribute to the successful
execution of the bombing mission. The actual bombing mission is an
exciting sequence with plenty of flak and fighters. After the mission,
the recovery of downed aircrew, taking care of the wounded, and repair
of the aircraft brings this DVD to an end.
from the beginning to the end of the mission is covered in this film.
What is impressive is the amount of personnel involved to make just one
mission happen. The thousands of men and women who changed the history
or aerial warfare.
When the mission
starts you are treated to many different views of the B-17s and B-24s,
some very unique. The nose art on the bombers is interesting to say the
least. The shark mouthed B-24 was particularly colorful. The details
included in the video will be interesting to the model builder,
especially for detailing interiors. The noise of the formation form up
had to be phenomenal. Lumbering at 150 feet per minute with full bomb
loads you get a perspective of how heavy laden the bombers were.
positions are explained horizontally and vertically. It is amazing how
these guys were able to get into formation and maintain it for the whole
mission. It is no wonder why some guys were bombed out of formation.
Complex is an understatement. Impressive doesn’t do it justice.
Once the fighting
commences you will be impressed by the fighter attacks on the bombers.
The flak burst are right there in your face. The bombers are attacked
by Bf-109s, FW-190s, Bf-110s and even Me-410s.
The video is crystal
clear. It looks like video shot for a modern movie it is so clear. Of
course it is black and white but even so the quality is exceptional.
The bomb results actually are so clear I was wondering if it they were
filmed in a studio. If they were they did a really nice job with WWII
The end of the mission
is highlighted by the return of the bombers, broken and battered. Crash
landing with dead and wounded on board. Battle damage is evident on a
lot of the aircraft. Debriefing brings the mission to an end for almost
everybody, except the bombers crashed in the Channel. That is where the
Air Sea Rescue people come into play, plinking people out of the cold
water. Red Cross women meet the returning crews with doughnuts and
coffee. Final evaluation of the bomb damage assessment brings the whole
process full circle. Tomorrow will be another day.
I highly recommend
this DVD and the rest of the Victory Films series. The quality of the
film is outstanding and the content is interesting. This will answer
any questions you ever had about what it takes to execute a bombing
mission in Europe in WWII and why they are called the greatest
Thanks to Wade Meyers and
for the review copy.
Review Copyright © 2007 by Floyd S. Werner Jr.
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Last updated 24 December, 2007
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