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The Lt. Col. Jack Bradley Collection, no. 3 - The Fight for the Sky

Jack Bradley

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  •  A battle strategy is developed at headquarters 
  •  Fighter planes begin to take off 
  •  Luftwaffe start to rally 
  •  Air Force and Luftwaffe clash 
  •  Bombers reach their destinations 
  •  "Great Air Battle of Europe" 
  •  In memory of: 
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The World War II, US propaganda, film "The Fight for the Sky" was produced by the American Army Air Forces to pay tribute to the actions of the United States Air Force in the Battle of Europe. The film details the Allied Forces air strategy, specifically the way in which fighter planes accompanied bombers, and the tactics which eventually overwhelmed the Luftwaffe. The film is primarily made up of footage captured on gun cameras, with many images of Luftwaffe planes and other targets being destroyed. Of note, the film is narrated by Ronald Reagan. This film came to TAMI as part of Lt. Col. Jack Bradley's personal collection.

Lt. Col. Jack T. Bradley was born and raised in the north central Texas town of Brownwood. While attending Howard Payne College he joined the Civilian Pilot training program, and in 1941 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps Cadet program in Dallas. From fall, 1942 to May, 1945, he served in the 353 Squadron, 354 Fighter Group, piloting a P-51 Mustang fighter plane in the European theater of WWII. After a twenty-year distinguished military career, Lt. Col. Bradley retired in Brownwood, TX.

Images of Lt. Col. Bradley and his squadron were captured by "gun cameras" affixed to the wings of their planes and set to start filming when the pilot fired. Surviving footage provides an excellent view of the maneuvers performed by the planes on which they were mounted, though the vibration created by the guns often resulted in poor image quality.