WWII Bomber Boys of Britain with Ewan McGregor

1 h 29 min201413+
Movie star Ewan McGregor of Star Wars fame and his aviator brother, Colin McGregor, present this gripping, dramatic, and rarely told story of RAF's Bomber Command and the legendary men who fought and died in the skies above Europe. Now known as the Bomber Boys, these daring fliers played a crucial role in defeating Adolph Hitler's Nazi forces and securing victory for the Allies in World War II.
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Nicholas D. GoughReviewed in the United States on April 14, 2017
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Excellent film account of the RAF Bomber Command and its use of Lancasters
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Very informative and moving account of what Bomber Command was like when it used Lancasters and was led by "Bomber" Harris. If you wish to read more about the complete effort of how US and British bombers were used during WWII, pick up a copy of "Winged Victory" by Geoffrey Perret, and/or "Masters of the Air" by Donald L. Miller. Both books are focused on the USAAF, but there is quite a bit of commentary on the two most horrific bombings of WWII, Hamburg and Dresden. Around 70,000 German civilians lost their lives in those horrific attacks. Many millions of people were displaced and thousands of acres of those cities were almost completely destroyed. It was war against a tyrant who wished to conquer the world and destroy anyone who happened to get in his way of his hateful and inhuman plans. There is no judgement made here or in the film, as that is not for me nor anyone (in my opinion) to mete out.

In the end of this film, they actually fly one of the two remaining airworthy Lancasters. What a sight that must have been to this on the ground and in the air. I would love to go back to IWM Duxford to see their B-17 fly. It would be exciting to ride in it over my father's old airbase at Rattlesden, former home of the 447th BG of the 8th AF. Maybe someday...

This film is well made and is educational with the excellent dialogue and investigations handled where the brothers visited even Hamburg to gather in the complete perspective of that awful attack. They even spoke with a gentleman who participated in the sinking of the Tirpitz in a fjord in Norway. The 617 group was one of the most famous group of bombers in WWII as they had also destroyed a few dams inside Germany.

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Lanna S. SeuretReviewed in the United States on July 15, 2018
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HOORAY FOR EWAN AND COLIN MACGREGOR for this excellent, insightful, well rounded whole range of WW II air fight history.

In it, with Ewan to often narrate and his brother to demonstrate and describe the evolution of war in and from the air with the agile Spitfire to the
heavy duty flying fortress, the Lancaster, I felt treated to the whole story, exhilarating, inspiring, deeply sad, and grief provoking at times.

They cover the history of the policy and necessity to first fight in the air to the amazing growth in technology and plane design under the Chief of the Bomber Command, under a brilliant and determined officer "Bomber" Harris.

There are lots of photos and newsreels and pictures, and with them and survivor "Boys" interviewed, it moves right along, getting more and more interesting as it developed.

If you love airplanes and like well told and exemplified war history, including morally doubtful situations with enough facts to make up your own mind, I highly recommend this.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2017
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Like all good history documentaries, this one is complex
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This is one of the best historical documentaries I have seen in a long time. Don't view this as a traditional WW2 documentary that blindly marches through dates, operations, battles and commanders. This documentary has a definite point of view. While celebrating the great Lancaster bomber, it also explores the ramifications on *both sides* of British Bomber Command's very deliberate strategy to launch massive raids against civilian targets in Germany.

It's not left-wing, peacenik, revisionist history. It's a balanced look at the tragedy that is war. With tens of thousands of German civilians killed by Bomber Command, post-war Britain seemed to just want to forget the bravery and enormous sacrifices of its young airmen who took the fight to the Nazis during the dark days of WW2. More than 55,000 British Bomber Command airmen were killed during the war, yet it took 70 years for the British to erect a proper memorial to them. How sad.

Credit to Ewan MacGregor and his brother, Colin, for shedding light on this chapter of 20th-century history.
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Gerald M. CradenReviewed in the United States on September 27, 2017
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My Father was with the 52nd Troop Carrier wing with ...
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My Father was with the 52nd Troop Carrier wing with the 9th and 12th Army Air Force in WW2 and they towed many gliders behind enemy lines as well as dropping the 82nd and 101st Airborne paratroopers. As a boy I heard him say many times how dangerous the 'Gliders' were and when I inherited his 'war book' full of photos and comments there were a lot of original pictures never published of the tragic aftermath of the many glider crashes along with the C-47 losses. Flying unarmed unescorted planes behind enemy lines was not a trip to Disneyland .
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Marcus V. CarterReviewed in the United States on February 12, 2020
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Well Done !!!
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Sometimes these Historic Reviews of Wars can get bogged down in long interviews with experts of the events and maybe a few relics of the past but not this time. The film does a good job in bring us along as to what happened to British Bomber Crews during WWII. Never forget their sacrifice or we are doomed to repeat it.
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Lynne ShapiroReviewed in the United States on April 18, 2019
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If you had a family RAF Bomber Crew member who died this is hard to watch
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My Uncle David Clough RAF wireless operator had his Lancaster shot down over the Netherlands 10 minutes from the safety of the sea in June 1944. His father, George, was killed from air raid injuries in September 1941. My grandmother and mother suffered these losses all their lives.
It was hard to see those young guys laughing about, taking a Lancaster "joy ride" and going into the troubles
the Germans had.
KrasnoarmeyetsReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2017
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Good for a view
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Nice production, short parts with crews and a woman who made the bomber during the war. Too bad they don't have any Wellingtons around to fly. Strange to hear the blow back Bomber Command has gotten. Britain having targeted by Germany in WW1 and WW2. No doubt what night bombing did to Germany, Germany, Austria, and Italy would have been more then happy to have done to the UK, if they had a strategic air wing to do it. Now they need to do the Night Fighters.
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quietguy.Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2020
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War IS hell...
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... And Hitler unleashed the Allied dragons upon his country and countrymen. So, lay the blame where it belongs.

Excellent film.
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