Series 1 - Episode 6: 'Gabby' Gabreski

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In World War II, American pilots raced to shoot down the most German planes and be crowned the country's top flying ace. US Air Force pilot Francis ‘Gabby’ Gabreski made it his personal mission to be the best there ever was.

The child of Polish immigrants, Gabreski made his mission personal, seeking to avenge his family's devastating losses during the war. But despite his passion, the young wannabe was accident-prone and incompetent behind the controls.

Gabreski squeaked by on his flying test. He then made a brave request to join one of the famed Polish figher units in England's Royal Air Force. In the heart of the war andmentored by the best, the rookie cut his teeth. But he struggled to shoot down a single Nazi plane.

Everything changed when he was transferred back to the US Air Corps 61st Squadron. While escorting bombers over occupied France, Gabreski scored his first victory. When the top brass radically shifted tactics to protect allied ground troops storming Normandy, the fighters were ordered to find the enemy and shoot them down.

Gabreski and his ace competitors all saw this as a golden opportunity tomake history as the best that ever flew.

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  • Brook Street

    over 1 year ago

    Brook Street

    who is that guy in episode 6...he's fantastic as the ace pilot!

  • Mark

    over 1 year ago

    Mark

    @oliver: I'm assuming the desert color scheme is a result of a skin used from ep 1. It's probably a fiscal thing...you can have 17 cgi shots but if you need a new skin created you can only have 10. Either that or a cgi render error that was too costly or disrupted the deadline to have re rendered and re inserted into the online cut. Fantastic series....would LOVE to see another!

  • memebyerin

    over 1 year ago

    memebyerin

    i have been more of a tan person but i ABSALOUTLY loved this

  • PETE JARVIS

    over 1 year ago

    PETE JARVIS

    DOES IT MATTER ABOUT THE COLOUR SCHEME OF A SPITFIRE ?,THIS IA AGREAT LOOK AT THE REAL HEROES OF THIS WORLD ,AND WELL PRODUCED AND NOT OVER DRAMATISED

  • Chris LEES

    over 1 year ago

    Chris LEES

    Tele at its best, and these were real heoes

  • Oliver

    over 1 year ago

    Oliver

    Good programme but why is there a CGI model of a Spitfire in the Desert scheme? This is Europe.

  • Josh Martin

    over 1 year ago

    Josh Martin

    What an excellent series incisively narrated by Lord Ashcroft.It should be part of the school history curriculum.

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  • Rob

    over 1 year ago

    Rob

    Fantastic show. Really gives a feelfor flying during WWII

  • Simon

    over 1 year ago

    Simon

    great series......should be made compulsory viewing

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  • Keng11

    over 1 year ago

    Keng11

    One of the best shows I've seen

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