Holy crap, seeing World War II air combat footage in color is just nuts

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Wow. This incredible video of aerial combat in World War II has it all. And all of it is terrifying. From dog fights and kamikaze attacks to flak fire and carpet bombing to explosions and aerial combat, it captures the frantic frenzy of aerial warfare during WWII. It's better than any movie because it actually happened.

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The Aviationist spotted the footage which was collected by video producer Loudon Maverick and even if you cover your eyes and just listen to the audio, you'll still get a pretty clear sense of how crazy things were during the war. Bullets are whizzing by, engines are running, planes are zipping around, explosions are popping off and man, I can't watch it without getting stressed out. Incredible.

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Amazing. And remember, all these guys were children; most were 18,19 or 20 years old. Even the "Old Man" who piloted the plan was maybe 24. They took these kids fresh off the farm, many of whom had never even seen an airplane, trained them for a few months, then sent them on missions over occupied Europe at 20,000 feet in unpressurized bombers, hanging out the open side of the plane exchanging machine gun fire with professional German fighter pilots armed with the best weapons in the world. On average they completed only 8 to 12 missions before being shot down. Virtually none made it to the required 25; casualty rates exceeded 30%. Iron men all.