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Ronald Reagan applies for transfer to Army Air Force

Ronald Reagan applies for transfer to Army Air Force

On today in 1942, Lieutenant Ronald Reagan, a cavalry officer, applies for reassignment to the Army Air Force, wherever he’d eventually put his thespian background to utilize on World War II propaganda films. The transfer was approved on June 9, 1942, and Reagan was presented with employment as a pr officer for the First Motion Picture Unit. The First Motion Picture Unit (FMPU)-its acronym was pronounced fum-poo-produced military training, morale and propaganda films to assist the pugilative war work. FMPU released Frank Capra’s Why We Fight series and a documentary of the bomber Memphis Belle, the crew which completed a regular-setting 35 bombing missions in Europe. The films were screened on domestic education grounds and in troop camps overseas as properly as in film theaters at house.

Another film, Air Force, that was later renamed Beyond the Line of Duty, conveyed the accurate story of the heroic feats of aviator Shorty Wheliss and his crew, featuring narration by Ronald Reagan. The documentary, designed to promote investment in war bonds initially, won an Academy Award in 1943 for ideal brief subject. Reagan continued to narrate or star in three a lot more shorts for FMPU which include For God and Country, Cadet Classification and the The Rear Gunner. Reagan also appeared as Johnny Jones in the 1943 full-length musical film This may be the Army.

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