WW2 bomber drama Masters of the Air is the third war series from executive producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, following on from Band of Brothers and The Pacific.


Airing weekly on Apple TV+, Masters of the Air is a true story exploring the exploits of the ‘Bloody Hundredth’ bomb group during the Second World War.

The American unit was deployed to England in 1943, and launched bombing runs over occupied Europe and later, Germany itself, until the end of the war.

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Masters of the Air stars Austin Butler and Callum Turner as the emotional leaders of the Hundredth – Major Gale ‘Buck’ Cleven and Major John ‘Bucky’ Egan – both of whom were real-life bomber boys.

The series is based on a non-fiction book of the same name by historian Donald L Miller, who spoke to us about the series in an exclusive interview on this episode of the HistoryExtra podcast. The book, Miller reveals, was inspired by his meeting with on of the Bloody Hundredth's most-decorated veterans, Robert 'Rosie' Rosenthal.

Masters of the Air release date

Episodes 1 and 2 of Masters of the Air streamed on Apple TV+ on 26 January 2024, and introduced us to the American bomber boys and the perils of war in the air, as the crews of the Hundredth faced flak, fighter aircraft and frostbite in their earliest missions.

When is the next episode of Masters of the Air next episode?

All episodes of Masters of the Air are available to stream on Apple TV+ now.

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Masters of the Air is available to stream on Apple TV+ now.


What was it like inside a B-17 bomber? How likely were you to avoid capture if you were shot down? Find out in the full interview with Donald L Miller, on the HistoryExtra podcast.


Kev LochunDeputy Digital Editor, HistoryExtra

Kev Lochun is Deputy Digital Editor of HistoryExtra.com and previously Deputy Editor of BBC History Revealed. As well as commissioning content from expert historians, he can also be found interviewing them on the award-winning HistoryExtra podcast.