What is Masters of the Air about?
As the above synopsis suggests, it’s adapted from Donald L. Miller’s 2007 tome on the Allied bombings of Nazi Germany, titled — yeah, you guessed it — Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany. (You can get a copy of a newer edition here, albeit with a slightly different subtitle.)
“Historian and World War II expert Donald Miller brings us the story of the bomber boys who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep,” reads the official blurb. “Unlike ground soldiers they slept on clean beds, drank beer in local pubs, and danced to the swing music of the travelling Air Force bands. But they were also an elite group of fighters who put their lives on the line in the most dangerous role of all.”
So it’ll be largely set in England, between the pastoral landing strips, barracks and country taverns. This was corroborated by some set photos shared by the Daily Mail, which show a stretch of land in Buckinghamshire turned into a five-million quid, WWII-style U.S. airbase. But more on that below…