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  •  My Dad enlisted before Pearl Harbor, flew a P-38 (12+ / 0-)

    in North Africa and then over Europe. He "flew a desk" in Japan during the Korean War, helped keep the Russian Bear at bay for another fifteen years and retired from the Air Force in 1967.

    So I will definitely be seeing this film.

    From the preview it appears that "Red Tails" portrays air combat with the same white-knuckle intensity that "Private Ryan" brought to the infantry's experience of WWII.

    And that's something I find to be a little daunting. It still gives me the willies to think about the slow, fragile, flammable aircraft those guys flew, much less fought in. They had no radar, no air-to-air missiles, no AWACS... it almost beggars belief.

    But, I hope the film succeeds best as a story about courage: The kind you need to stand up to your enemies, and the kind you need to stand up to your friends.

    (ps. I think the diarist meant to credit actor BRYAN Cranston, not California's long-serving Senator ALAN Cranston.)

    Have you noticed?
    Politicians who promise LESS government
    only deliver BAD government.

    by jjohnjj on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 10:20:25 AM PST

    •  Interesting (0+ / 0-)

      My Dad was on Anzio beach as it was being shelled by German Artillery in early1944. The Tuskegee Airmen reportedly provided American air cover while the commanders on the ground figured out how to break out of the near-shore area.

      He also was in the Army Air Forces.  His job, after moving inland, was to retrofit the communication and lighting systems on overrun Italian airfields so these guys and other pilots could use them for operations.

      As did your Dad, he stayed in the Air Force until 1968.  He took a different path, given his status as an NCO: his electronics aptitude led him to ballistic early warning monitoring in Greenland and some other surveillance (he never explained) in Turkey. He eventually ended up  maintaining the communications systems for ICBMs on the Great Plains.  

      Sadly, he died a little more than six months ago.  Though he rarely spoke about his WWII experience in Italy, I think he would have enjoyed seeing this film.

      I think I'll take my two sons to see it if it can be arranged.

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