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"Thunderbolt!", a propaganda film about the 57th Fighter Group, 65th Squadron in Italy. Features Lt. Col. Gilbert 'Gil' Wymond, Maj. Francis 'Spanky' Manda, and Capt. Howard Hickok. Also shows Wymond's P-47 "Hun Hunter XIV".
Directed by William Wyler and John Sturges. Narrated by Lloyd Bridges and Eugene Kern with an introduction by Jimmy Stewart.



  • 57th Fighter Group

    57th Fighter Group

    The group was first activated as the 57th Pursuit Group in January 1941, flying P-40 Warhawks as part of the Army Air Corps Northeast Defense Sector (later assigned to the I Fighter Command) at Mitchel Field, New York.[3] It trained in New England and...

  • 65th Fighter Squadron

    65th Fighter Squadron

    Formed as a P-40 Warhawk pursuit squadron in January 1941 as part of the Army Air Corps Northeast Defense Sector (later I Fighter Command) at Mitchel Field, New York. Trained in New England and provided air defense of the northeast after the Japanese...


  • Howard Hickok

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot

  • Francis Manda

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot

  • James Stewart

    Military | Brigadier General | Aircraft Commander; Operations Officer; Chief of Staff
    Hollywood screen actor James Stewart interrupted his successful film career to join the Air Corps in 1941. Aware of publicity value for the war effort, the US authorities tried to stifle Stewart's desire to fly combat missions and assigned him to a...

  • Gilbert Wymond

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander
    Gil Wymond was born on September 23, 1919, in Louisville, Kentucky. After attending the University of Kentucky for two years, he enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Corps on April 25, 1941, and was commissioned a 2d Lt and...



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18 December 2016 21:03:57 WD-C Mustang Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations