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Baby Boomerang

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Mark Arnett starts this award winning independent film with a simple goal: Make a documentary about WWII for people, like himself, who don't like documentaries. He wants to tell the story of his father's World War II experience to the spoiled, pretentious, and ungrateful baby boomer generation that he belongs to.

Baby Boomerang

Mark Arnett starts "Baby Boomerang" with a simple goal: Make a documentary about World War II for people, like himself, who don't like documentaries. He wants to tell the story of his father's World War II experience to the spoiled, pretentious, and ungrateful baby boomer generation that he belongs to. So, he begins the film in a way that he is sure baby boomers can relate to: he makes the film about himself.

The Baby Boomerang trailer (YouTube)...

Luckily for Mark, the film takes so long in production - fourteen years, to be precise - that by the time he gets to the heart of his father's story, he loses the self-centered vision, and both Mark and the audience get sucked into the compelling events of his father's crash landing in German-occupied Holland, his eleven months as a prisoner of war, and his return home to marry the girl who pinned his wings on him in pilot training.

Mark could never seem to get the footage he shot to come together, but when his father passed away, Mark finished the film in a week.

While Mark fails to finish the film that he started, he succeeds in drawing us into a very personal story that explores faith, courage, love, and the inescapable fact that, in many ways, we all turn into our parents in the end.

Product Features

  • 10 minute Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Scene Selection

Awards

  • Best Documentary - Gone With The Film Festival - Hollywood
  • Silver Ace Award - Las Vegas International Film Festival
  • Best Documentary USA - International Christian Film Festival - UK
  • Best Documentary - Mormon Film Festival - Brussels, Belgium
  • Award of Excellence - The Accolade - La Jolla, CA
  • "Best of the Best" - Salt Aire Foundation - Brigham City, UT
  • Silver Lei Award - The Honolulu Film Festival

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The 492nd Bomb Group...

Mark's father, Charles Arnett, was the pilot of a B-24 Liberator during World War Two. Flying with the ill-fated 492nd Bomb Group out of North Pickenham, England, the Arnett Crew 717 was shot down over Nazi-occupied Holland on 19 May 44 on their third mission. One crewman was killed in the crash. Charles and the other eight spent the next eleven months as POWs.

492nd Bomb Group related Scanning WWII dates...

  • 18 Apr 44: 492nd Bomb Group arrives at Station 143, North Pickenham, England
  • 09 May 44: 492nd BG does exhibition formation flight over 2nd AD bases
  • 11 May 44: 492nd BG flies its first mission; no casualties
  • 19 May 44: 492nd BG Mission 05 to Brunswick; first of their three deadliest missions
  • 20 Jun 44: 492nd BG Mission 34 to Politz; second of their three deadliest missions
  • 07 Jul 44: 492nd BG Mission 46 to Bernburg; third of their three deadliest missions; entire 859th Bomb Squadron is wiped out
  • 15 Jul 44: The bomb dump at nearby Metfield mysteriously explodes, rocking the countryside and destroying the 491st BG's base
  • 07 Aug 44: 492nd BG flies its final mission (no casualties) and is disbanded
  • 13 Aug 44: The 801st Provisional Group at Harrington is redesignated the 492nd Bomb Group
  • 15 Aug 44: The 491st Bomb Group moves from their destroyed base at Metfield to North Pickenham
3 deadliest missions for the 492nd Bomb Group
Date Mission Target City Lost KIA WIA POW INT
19 May 44 Mission 05 Brunswick 8 43 3 34 0
20 Jun 44 Mission 34 Politz 14 76 0 22 41
07 Jul 44 Mission 46 Bernburg 12 67 0 52 0
Totals: 34 186 3 108 41
  Casualties per 1000 Combatants in WWII  
  US Army Air Force 16  
  US Army 24  
  US Marine Corps 29  
  467th Bomb Group 91  
  492nd Bomb Group 442  

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