Inside Combat Rescue: Whatever It Takes
Thursday, 8.30pm, National Geographic There seems to be a plethora of documentaries about war around at the moment, perhaps reflecting the media’s nightly coverage of the world’s worst conflicts. This series, which went to air in the US in February, features footage by the first camera crews to be embedded on a deployment to Afghanistan with the US Air Force. It follows the elite rescue team, Pararescuemen or PJs, as they fly into the battlefield to save the wounded. Whether their targets are shot down or isolated behind enemy lines, surrounded, engaged, wounded, or captured by the enemy, PJs have one mission: to bring their mates home. Tonight, Senior Airman Barry, 22, is put to the test when a soldier is seriously injured with a gunshot wound to the chest. An expectant father on his third deployment awaits word from his wife of their first child, but just as the news comes in, he gets pulled away on a rescue mission.