By Shelby Rickert and Anna Van Brocklin
Nebraska News Service 

Local historian, UNL archival records reveal deeper history behind Nebraska group in Apple TV+ show


Courtesy photo | Chandler Lynch and Buffalo County Historical Society.

The ground crew of the 100th Bomb Group poses in front of a B-17 aircraft at the Kearney air Force Base around 1943. Photo courtesy of Chandler Lynch, 74, a Kearney resident and historian, and the Buffalo County Historical Society. Lynch's father, with whom he shares a name, kneels second from the right in the bottom row.

A Kearney historian and archival records from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln libraries have revealed more about the bomb group featured in a new Apple TV+ miniseries.

"Masters of the Air" is a miniseries about the 100th Bomb Group in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. Airmen in the group learned to fly B-17 aircraft and trained for aerial combat at Kearney Air Force Base. The show, produced by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, began airing on the streaming service in January.

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