Spielberg/Hanks Series ‘Masters of the Air’ Honors the Brave

Spielberg/Hanks Series ‘Masters of the Air’ Honors the Brave February 23, 2024

In the sixth episode of “Masters of the Air,” starring Austin Butler, Callum Turner, Sawyer Spielberg, and Barry Keoghan, several key storylines unfold. Rosie (Nate Mann) and his crew find themselves at a country estate for much-needed rest, providing a temporary respite from the intense and perilous bombing raids they undertake as part of the 100th Bomb Group. Meanwhile, Crosby (Anthony Boyle) encounters an intriguing British officer named Landra Wingate (Bel Powley) during his time at Oxford, adding a layer of complexity to his experiences outside of combat. Additionally, Egan (Turner) confronts the grim reality of Nazi evil, highlighting the moral and psychological challenges faced by the men as they navigate the horrors of World War II.

Austin Butler in “Masters of the Air,” now streaming on Apple TV+.

Based on Donald L. Miller’s book of the same name, “Masters of the Air” delves into the harrowing experiences of the 100th Bomb Group, known as the “Bloody Hundredth,” as they undertake dangerous bombing missions over Nazi Germany. The series portrays the toll exacted on these young men, both psychologically and emotionally, as they confront the brutality of war and contribute to the downfall of Hitler’s Third Reich. Some are shot down, captured, wounded, or killed, while others miraculously make it home, but all are profoundly affected by their experiences.

The series, a collaboration between executive producers Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman, boasts a stellar cast led by Austin Butler, Callum Turner, Anthony Boyle, and others. Butler, reflecting on his experience, emphasizes the honor and privilege of portraying these brave individuals who sacrificed so much for the greater good.

“All the stories were telling are true stories and so there’s inherently a responsibility and that to want to do them justice and to make them proud and but it’s really just an honor,” Butler said at the show’s premire. “It’s honoring these brave men and women who gave their lives and gave their their psychology and everything to protecting us and keeping us safe and in fighting for an ideal of keep making the world a better place and so I just feel really privileged and honored to be small part of this.”

The camaraderie among the cast members, forged during the year-long filming process, underscores the bonds formed through the shared commitment to honoring the stories of those who fought in World War II.

“We created such a bond, all of us. We had a lot of long time it was almost a year that we shot and and it lasted to this day,” he said.

“Masters of the Air” is lauded for its monumental scale and cinematic achievement, capturing the breadth of human experience amidst the backdrop of one of history’s most pivotal moments. With each episode, the series delves deeper into the complexities of war and the resilience of the human spirit, ensuring that the sacrifices of those who served are remembered and honored.

“Masters of the Air” is currently streaming on AppleTV+.

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