A documentary of life as a fighter pilot at an American airbase during World War II. The airbase was in Leiston, England and supported European bombing operations from late 1943 until the end of the war in Europe.
The story is told by retired Colonel, Clarence E. "Bud" Anderson, an American triple ace who flew with the 357th fighter group based out of Leiston field. The 357th was also home to the famed Chuck Yeager, who flew with Bud in the 357th.
The 357th was part of the 8th Air Force which sustained half of all the Air force losses in Europe (over 26,000 dead). Its victory totals in air-to-air combat are the most of any P-51 group in the Eighth Air Force and third among all groups fighting in Europe. the 8th Air Force routinely flew missions of over 2000 bombers with 1000 fighter escorts during a single mission.
In tribute to my uncle Fred C. McCall, killed in action flying with the 364th squadron of the 357th fighter group, while strafing a German airfield near Paderborn, Germany, January 10th, 1944. He lies in rest along with 8300 other Americans in the Netherlands American Cemetary, Margraten, Netherlads