June 19, 2024

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Masters Of The Air “Part Seven”

Episode Seven

The theme for this episode seems to be who gets to go home.  Or maybe just get out of a POW camp.

Buck and Bucky are in a German camp, but Crosby’s narration tells the audience that they’re being treated OK since the Germans’ own downed pilots may be sitting in Allied POW camps.  I would like to know what “good treatment” looks like since they’re catching stray cats in order to have meat and protein in their soup.  Granted, the Germans may be losing the war right about then and feeding prisoners is probably not their highest priority.

Still, watching the men rebuild a contraband radio after the Germans destroy the one they had shows the level of general ingenuity these men have.  I mean, you could say the same about the cat soup, but the point stands.

I mean, Buck actually proposed to his girlfriend from the camp because, well, the prisoners are still getting their mail.  He even got a “yes” back.

I actually wish I knew a little bit more about this war.  The P-51 Mustang enters the fray in this episode, the fastest and apparently best plane of the war.  It’s job is to down German planes.  Like, when did that plane first show up?  I don’t know.  I know the Americans are bombing Berlin in more dangerous raids, but I wouldn’t mind a better idea on how much longer the war is supposed to last.

I do know that the American army has upped the number of missions a flight crew has to fly before they can go home from 25 to 28 (for those grandfathered in) to 30 (for newbies), and there are a lot of new men here to replace those lost.  Sgt. Quinn did get back to base, but he actually is going to go home because if he was shot down and captured, that’s putting a lot of resistance fighters in danger.  Rosenthal could be allowed to go home since he got his 25 just under the wire.

And then Rosie re-upped, even knowing he and his fellow bombers will be bait to get the German air force to attack, keeping the P-51’s in the back until the Germans attack the bombers.

Basically, this mini-series seems to be here to do, among the many things I have mentioned in past write-ups, is to show that these were patriotic men whose enemies may have included their own government.  They fly day missions that are more dangerous, their mission count went up, and the planes they fly sure are fragile.  This isn’t Band of Brothers in how these men are treated:  they’re being put in more danger perhaps than is really warranted.

I probably should read the book this mini-series was based on.  I think I might benefit from it.