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Jimmy Stewart suffered such extreme PTSD after being a fighter pilot in World War II that he acted out his mental distress during 'It's a Wonderful Life'.

Thursday, October 6, 2016 18:05
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Matzen's book, Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe, hits bookstores on October 24 and is available for order on Amazon 
Fellow actor Clark Gable (right, with Stewart) also entered the military and was sent into combat 
When men were men.
 Just minutes after a harrowing conclusion to a nearly 13-hour B-52 bombing mission, Brig. Gen. Jimmy Stewart greets relieved crew and VIPs on the tarmac at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam on February 21, 1966. Photo courtesy Bob Amos.
Stewart did not leave the military and continued to serve until May 1968 when he retired after 27 years of service during which time he was a bomber pilot during the Vietnam War.
Stewart played George Bailey in the classic movie and channeled his anger and guilt into the scenes where he rages at his family.
Stewart was haunted by 'a thousand black memories' from his time as an Air Force commanding officer that he took with him back to Hollywood after the war.
Pilots who flew with him said that became 'Flak Happy' during World War II, a term to describe what is now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.
Stewart wrestled with the guilt of killing civilians in bomb raids over France and Germany including one instance where they destroyed the wrong city by mistake.
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