Air combat is quick… Each choice must be decisive and executed without hesitation. Mere seconds can decide who will go down in the record books and who will go down in flames. In the high arenas of the Second World War, only a select few earned the ambitious title of ‘Fighter Ace’. Now, this sweeping 13 episode documentary series recounts the death-defying stories of those amazing flying warriors. Thrilling, rare footage of actual dogfights and coordinated air strikes combined with candid personal narratives from surviving Fighter aces tell the comprehensive story of the men from all nations who flew to defend their flags.
The most comprehensive series ever produced on the Fighter Aces of World War II. Each program includes extraordinary air combat footage shot at the height of raging dogfights. Surviving Fighter Aces from all sides of the conflict- from Japan, Germany, Britain, Russia, Canada, Australia and the United States- provide vivid and graphic first hand accounts of what it was really like to be a fighter pilot in some of the greatest air battles the world has ever known.
Episode 9: Assault on Fortress Europe
The Allies take the offensive as the tide of war turns against the Axis in the Mediterranean and in Europe. The fury of war in the air takes a heavy toll on attacker and defender alike but the undermanned and outgunned Luftwaffe is defiant in the face of certain defeat.