Mighty Eighth B-24 crew of the “Wazzle Dazzle” (Photo by David Foster)
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June 14, 2015 UPDATE: Last week, I had the pleasure of talking with award-winning and New York Times bestselling author and historian Donald L. Miller, whom the HBO Films’ 10-part miniseries “Masters of the Air” is based upon. Miller provided me with the status of how the miniseries’ script and filming schedules are coming along. You can read the entire article on my conversation with Mr. Miller at this link: *EXCLUSIVE* Update on HBO’s ‘Masters of the Air’ WWII miniseries.
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The “Mighty Eighth“, as they were called due to their heavy bomber effectiveness, contributed greatly to the defeat of Hitler and Germany. This upcoming HBO Spielberg-Hanks production is based upon the non-fiction narrative by Donald L. Miller entitled “Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany“.
This new WWII television series will be titled “Masters of the Air“–not to be confused with movie trailers released last year for the “Mighty Eighth“. While HBO and Spielberg are keeping their filming cards close to the vest on this WWII film project, some details have emerged.
“Masters of the Air” filmed in Savannah, Georgia last fall. Now, we see reports in the past month out of England that Spielberg and Hanks may have taken their cameras to film at one of the most historic airfields of the war, RAF Manston:
Rumours are circulating in the film industry that new HBO mini series Masters of the Air, focusing on the missions on The Mighty 8th American air squadron, could be partially filmed at Manston airport…
An American film source told the Thanet Gazette: “One of the sites being looked at for filming is RAF Manston as it is quite historical.
“The Mighty Eighth had carried out its first heavy bomb group from RAF Polebrook but that base no longer exists. So, one of the production sites viewed has been Manston with those historical, Battle of Britain links.”
The airfield at RAF Manston. (Photo by Alamy)
Could it be true? In May, it was reported that RAF Manston was closing her
doors runway to operations at the end of that month:
“In the absence of other options, the decision has been taken to close the airport on May 15,” it said. “Individual consultation will now take place with all staff members who will be supported through this process.”
One “option” for RAF Manston would be to bring a HBO production crew about to begin filming the most expensive television series–ever. After all, RAF Manston has appeared in other Hollywood films, most notably 2001’s “Die Another Day“, posing problems for James Bond as a North Korean air base.
If filming is now underway in England, and specifically at RAF Manston, perhaps a German location is next.
No release date has been set for “Masters of the Air“. More to follow.
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