"I put this documentary on the 98th Bomb Group together using silent, unedited, undocumented footage from the US National Archives. I restored the video and added stereo sound effects, music, supplementary graphics and maps. Through research I was able to identify many of the individual aircraft, crewmen and locations shown in the film." Zeno
This is an exclusive production. This recently discovered footage shows Medal of Honor winner Col. John R. "Killer " Kane and the men of the 98th Bomb Group in the Summer of 1943, shortly before the heroic, costly Ploesti mission, at their desert base in Benghasi/Benina, Libya. You'll see legendary B-24 Liberators like "The Vulgar Virgin," "The Sandman," and "War Cloud." Sadly, several of these ships were filmed here for the last time before they were lost over Romania. There's an unexpected gem too. Soon after the Axis surrender in Tunisia, 9th combat cameraman Jim Bray hitched a ride on a B-24 and filmed all the major North African targets the 98th had hit from the air, from El Alemein to Tunis. You'll see Tobruk, Tripoli, Benghazi, Bizerte and more as seen from the air, the way pilots and crew saw them during the Desert War in 1942-43. And the big Liberator goes in low too so you can take in sunken warships, clamoring Liberty ships unloading their cargoes, and bombed out harbors that have long since been rebuilt.
At the end of the film, I added an honor roll showing the fates of the aircraft and crews shown in the film, many of whom gave their lives in service to their country.