Pistol Packin' Mama: The Missions Of A B-17 DVD
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Pistol Packin' Mama: The Missions of a B-17 describes, using archival film footage and photographs and the personal stories of five crew members, what it was like to fly the B-17 "Betty Boop Pistol Packin' Mama" in the grim early days of daylight bombing. Members of the 390th Bomb Group, they led their squadron, their group, and sometimes the entire 8th Airforce into action over Germany without fighter protection. The life of a bomber crewman is described here as never before . . . the strain and cold, the sense of death and loss, the fear, and the bonds of camaraderie. Enhanced by stunning combat footage and photos, this is how it was battling fighters and flak 25,000 feet over Hitler's Third Reich. Recipient of several film awards including citations from the Houston Film Festival, and the 1993 Telly Award as Best Documentary. According to Air Progress Magazine, this film is "More than just a vivid documentary, it is a true emotional experience that ranks in dramatic impact with feature films like 12 O'Clock High and All Quiet on the Western Front."
Run Time: 59 minutes