Ep 108: Donald L. Miller on Masters of the Air

School of War


Donald L. Miller, historian and author of Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany, the book behind Apple TV+’s Masters of the Air, joins the show to talk about the air war over Europe during WWII.

▪️

 Times 

    •      01 :41 Introduction 

    •      02:12 Growing up “surrounded by the war”

    •      15:35 Both sides are losing 

    •      25:23 Highest percentage of casualties

    •      34:36 Mass vs mass 

    •      37:20 A new battlefield 

    •      42:49 “Almost nothing held up.” 

    •      44:46 Robert Rosenthal 

    •      48:57 Working with Tom Hanks 

    •      53:51 Recreating air combat 

    •      56:02 Gil Cohen, Greyhound, and Das Boot 

    •      59:44 Narrative choices

    •     01:06:36 The stress of command


Follow along  on Instagram


Find a transcript of today’s episode on our School of War Substack


Buy the book here – Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *