New documentary trailer: Meet the men who inspired Masters of the Air


The Bloody Hundredth documentary on Apple TV+
Here's your chance to meet some of the real people who inspired "Masters of the Air."
Photo: Apple TV+

Apple TV+ dropped a trailer Wednesday for a companion documentary film to hit World World II drama series Masters of the Air. The  documentary, The Bloody Hundredth, tells the stories of the airmen in a particularly hard-hit B17 bomber group through some of the survivors themselves as well as series filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

“Watch The Bloody Hundredth and get an in-depth look at the real stories of the brave Airmen that inspired Masters of the Air,” the streaming service said. “Streaming March 15th on Apple TV+.”

The Bloody Hundredth documentary: Meet the men who inspired WWII drama Masters of the Air

First the airmen of the beleaguered 100th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force were dramatized in the gripping hit WWII drama series Masters of the Air. Now the brief new trailer for The Bloody Hundredth shows they’re getting their documentary treatment on Apple TV+, too.

And the new hour-long program, airing March 15, comes “just in time for the Masters of the Air series finale,” Apple TV+ said. The drama series has proved to be a hit for the streamer.

Actor Tom Hanks narrates The Bloody Hundredth. He, with fellow executive producers Spielberg and Gary Goetzman, brought Masters of the Air to Apple TV+ as the final installment of their World War II filmmaking trilogy. The first two series were Band of Brothers and The Pacific, of course, both originally on HBO. The trio serves as executive producers on the documentary, as well. Mark Herzog and Laurent Bouzereau direct it.

Here’s how Apple TV+ describes The Bloody Hundredth documentary:

The hour-long documentary spotlights the true stories of the characters and real-life airmen featured in Masters of the Air including John Egan, Gale Cleven, Harry Crosby, Robert “Rosie” Rosenthal, Frank Murphy, Alexander Jefferson, Richard Macon as well as veterans John “Lucky” Luckadoo, Robert Wolf and many others. From the shock of Pearl Harbor to the joy of VE Day, The Bloody Hundredth is a record of what was endured and achieved by a group of young Americans when their country and the world needed them most.

Watch The Bloody Hundredth trailer:

Watch the documentary and the drama series on Apple TV+

The Bloody Hundredth airs March 15 on Apple TV+. Currently, the first six episodes of Masters of the Air are streaming on the service. It’s available by subscription for $9.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. You can also get it via any tier of the Apple One subscription bundle. For a limited time, customers who purchase and activate a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy three months of Apple TV+ for free.

After launching in November 2019, “Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service.”

In addition to award-winning movies and TV shows (including breakout soccer comedy Ted Lasso), Apple TV+ offers a variety of documentaries, dramas, comedies, kids shows and more.

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