Follow Up To Band Of Brothers & The Pacific

Following on from the critically successful World War II series, Band Of Brothers and The Pacific, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ new project Masters Of The Air, is officially on the way.

Based on Donald L. Miller’s book of the same name, the show will follow American bomber pilots of the U.S. Eighth Air Force who, on a daily basis, risked flying at 25,000 feet in freezing air, and in broad daylight, to bring the suffering to Adolf’s doorstep.

Three years (1942-1945) of constant, high-risk bombing runs by the Eighth over cities like Berlin, Dresden and Hanover were, for much of the war, the only battles Allied forces waged inside the territorial boundaries of Nazi Germany.

The Eighth’s effort to free Europe from the Third Reich included the unleashing of 697,000 tonnes of bombs which proved to be overwhelmingly costly for the Nazis.

By war’s end, over 47,000 of the 115,000 U.S. Army Air Force casualties were from the Eighth.

25th April 1944 – 24-year-old Captain Robert S Johnson of the US Eighth Air Force, seen here in the cockpit of his plane, proudly displaying the score of destroyed enemy aircraft.

In the summer of 1943, Oscar-winning director William Wyler (Ben-Hur) and a film crew flew with men from the Eighth to film air combat missions aboard B-17s. The footage Wyler’s group captured would eventually become the 1944 World War II documentary, The Memphis Belle: A Story Of A Flying Fortress.

Joining Spielberg and Hanks on the new series is Band Of Brothers writer John Orloff, who also served as a consultant on The Pacific.

Masters Of The Air is projected to run about eight episodes long and will premiere on Apple TV+ sometime in 2020.