via press release:
Emmy(R) Award Winning WWII in HD RETURNS TO HISTORY(R) WITH THE AIR WAR
Premieres Wednesday, November 10 at 9-11pm EST
THE WAR AS IT HAS NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE FOUGHT 25,000 FEET ABOVE THE EARTH
NARRATED BY ROB LOWE AND FEATURING THE STORY OF FOUR VETERANS, INCLUDING RENOWNED JOURNALIST ANDY ROONEY
New York, NY, October 19, 2010 – HISTORY is announcing today the latest installment of its visually astonishing Emmy(R) award-winning series. WWII in HD: The Air War premiering on HISTORY on Wednesday, November 10 at 9pm EST presents the untold story of the American 8th Air Force’s bloody battle to defeat the German Luftwaffe in the months leading up to D-Day.
Told through the gripping, first person accounts of three American airmen and Stars & Stripes reporter Andy Rooney, The Air War showcases breathtaking aerial combat – original, color footage, never before seen by most Americans – of the B-17s “Flying Fortresses”, P-47 “Thunderbolts” and P-51 “Mustangs” on missions such as Regensburg, Schweinfurt and Berlin. Never-before-seen 8mm footage of the airmen on the bases, the devastation in Germany, and the Luftwaffe perspective is also highlighted.
Flying 25,000 feet above the earth in oxygen-devoid air, and temperatures as low as 50 below zero, the 8th Air Force fought a war unlike anything ever before experienced. By the end, they would suffer more than 26,000 combat deaths – more than the US Marines lost in all of World War II.
This two-hour special is narrated by Emmy(R) nominated actor, Rob Lowe.
Characters are voiced by:
Casey Affleck (as B-17 bombardier Joe Armanini)
Sean Astin (as P-47 fighter pilot Steve Pisanos)
Chris O’Donnell (as B-17 pilot John Gibbons)
Elijah Wood (as Stars & Stripes reporter Andy Rooney)
To create this series, History launched an exhaustive worldwide search for color footage. As a result, WWII in HD: The Air War draws upon footage unearthed from archives and private collections across the globe. HISTORY preserved and restored this footage ? some of which has not been seen since the 1940s ? and converted it to HD for unprecedented clarity. An exceptional Dolby “soundscape” enhances the striking visuals and brings them to life as never before.
Executive Producers for HISTORY are Michael Stiller and David McKillop. WWII in HD: The Air War is produced for HISTORY by Lou Reda Productions. Executive Producers for Lou Reda Productions are Lou Reda and Scott L. Reda. Producer is Liz Reph. Director is Sammy Jackson.
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