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What's the Fighter Pilot's Rite of Passage?

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What's the Fighter Pilot's Rite of Passage?

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Air crews in the southwest Pacific depended on their planes for survival. But flight-time aside, pilots also decorated their aircrafts as a way to escape the stresses of combat.

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When American troops joined the epic battle against the Japanese in World War II, a British journalist followed along, equipped with a movie camera, some rolls of color film, and a powerful friendship with General Douglas MacArthur. Follow the travels of war correspondent William Courtenay and his unrivaled reporting on the Pacific campaign and its great commander. Then witness his remarkable archival recordings, from multiple island attacks to the aftermath of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

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