Interesting color footage of Spitfire IX MJ730

Original WWII color footage of World War II aircraft including Spitfire IX MJ730 shot by Memphis Belle director William Wyler in 1944. Other footage include the B-17 and P-51. The Spitire was build at Castle Bromwich Factory, Brimingham, UK, 1943 and saw its first flight on 10 December 1943.

On May 9, 1944 the aircraft was transferred to the 154 Squadron of the RAF and its identifier was changed to HT-W. Here it operated from the island of Corsica on 95 missions flying bomber escorts for the American forces over northern Italy and in support of the southern invasion of France. It was during these operations from Corsica the MJ730 was filmed in color by William Wyler, famed director of the Memphis Belle documentary and later Ben Hur, for an Army movie about the use of P-47 Thunderbolts in the Italian campaign. [Source]

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