15 February 2024, The Tablet

War in the raw

Terror and courage in enemy skies

War in the raw

Steven Spielberg’s series Masters of the Air is a drama based on first-hand accounts by American airmen serving in the 100th Bomb Group, based from 1943 in Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. The group was known as the “Bloody Hundredth” due to the numbers of men it lost. So from the moment we meet handsome boys dancing to Glenn Miller with pretty girlfriends and glittering with excitement at the prospect of combat in Europe … well, we’ve watched enough war films to know what’s in store.



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