Local filmmakers are bringing the story of Horsham veteran Leslie Cruise Jr., one of the last surviving members of the 82nd Airborne Division that parachuted into France on D-Day, to life in their documentary ‘All American’, writes Samantha Melamed for Philly.com.
Gwynedd Valley’s Stephen Skeel co-founded the 7 Wonders Cinema production company with Michael Antranaig Ayjian. They decided to redo a movie Skeel shot years ago as part of his seventh-grade history assignment researching World War II.
It has now been turned into a professional documentary with the help of the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo. The museum preserves planes that flew on D-Day, including the one Cruise jumped from.
The Douglas C-47 known as Whiskey Seven is still airworthy, but Cruise did not know this until he boarded it for a memorial flight in Normandy on the 70th anniversary of D-Day two years ago.
“With the shaking and the rattling of the plane, you wonder if it’s going to stay together,” said Cruise. “Of course, when we were coming into Normandy on D-Day, we were getting shot at all over the place, and you were just hoping you didn’t get hit before you got out.”
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