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Thunderbolts of Millville

Thunderbolts of Millville charts World War II's impact on the civilians of one quaint New Jersey town. Because of its proximity to Philadelphia, the War Department, in August 1941, christened Cumberland County's Millville Army Air Field "America's First Defense Airport." Between 1942 and 1945, the air field employed more than 10,000 men and women, while its gunnery school provided advanced fighter training to1,500 pilots. The air field was abandoned after the war ended and Millville returned to its sleepy-town status. Today, volunteers keep aviation history alive at the Millville Army Air Field Museum by preserving relics from this historic era. Thunderbolts of Millville features archival footage from the 1940s, including aerial combat shots and poignant interviews with Thunderbolt pilots, USO volunteers and residents.

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