UPDATE: Added reader photo below.
Anyone with photographs of loved ones from World War II, particularly the 8th Air Force, and would like them added to the above post, please email your pictures toand provide any information/background on the photo. Thank you!
8th Air Force’s 93rd Bomb Wing (photo by mightyeighth.org)
This afternoon REEL BRIEF had the pleasure of talking with award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Donald L. Miller. Continuing the companion piece to the successful World War II miniseries Band of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010), HBO Films will film a third, ten-part series based upon Miller’s bestselling 2007 book titled Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany. Executive producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who teamed up previously to produce Band of Brothers and The Pacific, as well as directed and starred in 1998’s epic war film Saving Private Ryan, will once again be the steady hands behind Miller’s book-to-film Masters of the Air air campaign thriller. Miller has worked with Spielberg and Hanks previously, as both a historical consultant for The Pacific and co-producer and co-creator for Hanks’ He Has Seen War HBO documentary on World War II soldiers returning back to the United States.
Miller reports that this newest World War II miniseries from HBO Films will showcase the camaraderie inside the airplanes, similar to how Band of Brothers focused on personal stories of Easy Company on the ground. Masters of the Air will tell the impressive military story of the 8th Air Force, or “The Mighty Eighth” as they were called more affectionately once their reputation of distinguished service spread across all of Europe. Known for launching 2,000 bombers and another 1,000 fighter aircraft on a single mission, “The Mighty Eighth” had 17 recipients of the Medal of Honor, 220 Distinguished Service Crosses earned, along with another 850 Silver Stars awarded to their aircrews during WWII. This newest HBO 10-hour miniseries will focus on the air war, specifically the bombing campaign from high altitude over Nazi Germany, while featuring the personal stories of aircrews and leadership within 8th Air Force.
Having just returned from a trip to England in the past month, Miller unofficially scouted out possible filming locales at several airfields. However, he reports that Hanks will have final say on the miniseries’ film locations throughout Europe. Miller stressed that filming hasn’t begun at this time, but the start of production could commence very soon–since the script is just about ready to go final. No formal air time has been announced by HBO….yet. But with the script nearly complete and filming to begin quickly thereafter, Masters of the Air could arrive for HBO viewers in late 2016 or by early 2017.
More to come…
UPDATE: Since many readers (see the Comments section below) told us they had a family member who served during WWII, I asked if anyone would be interested in sending along old photographs of their loved ones for posting. And here you go, from the Saffir family:
This photograph is from December 1944, at the Copacabana in New York City, of Staff Sergeant Robert Saffir after he returned to the United States at the completion of his flying tour of duty. Sergeant Saffir was a member of the 448th Bomb Group, flew aboard 35 missions, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with clusters. To the Saffir family, thank you for sharing this photo of a true American hero with our readers!
Anyone with photographs of loved ones from World War II, particularly the 8th Air Force, and would like them added to this thread, please email your pictures toand provide any information/background on the photo. Thank you!
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