30 May Bomber Boys Episode 1 “The Lucky H”

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As seen on PBS stations around the US comes a new living history series reliving the early days of World War II. Using a unique blend of living history elements, CGI, first-person interviews and never-before-seen W.W.II footage. This dramatic four-part documentary series “Bomber Boys: The Fighting Lancaster” follows a new generation of “Bomber Boys” as they train to become a Lancaster Bomber crew. Joe English was nineteen when he joined the Air Force. He learned to fly a bomber before he could drive a car. The pilot of a Lancaster known as ‘the Lucky H’, Joe and six other hardy young men flew thirty combat missions over Germany. Sixty years later, Joe’s grandson, Mathew English, will try to walk in his grandfather’s footsteps.

Mathew is one of seven young volunteers from the U.S., UK Australia and Canada who make up “Baker Flight.” All are descendents of World War Two flight crews, ready to test themselves against the original training regime of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. They’re up at dawn, marching and saluting, cleaning and polishing, in classrooms and period planes, struggling to see whether they are the men their grandfathers once were.