Originally released by the US War Office as "Combat America", this unique documentary was produced, written, directed and narrated by Clark Gable while he was on assignment with the 8th Air Force, developing a gunnery training film. Though it packs plenty of very exciting colour combat footage and doesn't flinch in showing the high cost of the war in the air, in many ways, it's as much a warm home movie as a hard bitten, wartime "information" film.
Gable chronicles the experiences of the men of the 351st Bombardment group, flying their B-17s from the cool early morning mists of Colorado to their operational base at RAF Polebrook in England and onto the frigid skies over Germany and includes actual combat footage. Clark Gabe's affection and admiration for these men comes through loud and clear. This film is like a Kodachrome album out of the past, giving us snapshots of life on a front line American B-17 base in the U.K. in 1943.