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Enjoy this history of the 82nd Fighter Group in World War II with this discovered archival film footage. The 82nd FG deployed to North Africa in early 1943 where they were assigned to the 12th Air Force. In the fall of 1943 they were transferred to the newly formed 15th Air Force at Lecce, Italy. This film begins with the 82nd at their base at Lecce and continues as they moved to Vincenzo Airfield, Italy in January 1944 where they would remain until Victory in Europe in 1945.
Identified P-38 Lightning aircraft are seen on the ground and in the air at their various bases and the viewer gets a unique look and visual record of the 82nd Fighter Group in action during World War II.
In constructing this film on the 82nd Fighter Group, we have watched hundreds of hours of film footage. We have utilized a variety of sources for research. What has remained is identified footage. We present this material without any narration (sound) added. Footage contained has not been enhanced in any way. Some may be over exposed, other clips dark and even items may not have ideal focus. Nevertheless, we want to present the most comprehensive record of this group on film.
These are not documentary wwii movies, they are not hollywood produced films but the raw original footage taken by the photographers of the Army Air Forces Combat Camera Units. Much of the footage was digitized from 16mm and 35mm film reels.
195 total minutes of silent black and white film footage. 127 minutes of the 82nd then 68 minutes that includes listening to the three commanders, Doolittle, Spaatz and Eisenhower discuss the victory in North Africa. Also, see results of the air war with destroyed North African targets and the bombardment of Pantelleria.