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Good portrait of combat during WWII,
Along with 12 O'clock high, this is the premier film that depicts the pathos, and some comedy demonstrated by Van Johnson as he depicted the sergeant who "really ran the show". I gave the film 5 stars, but like all films about flying this had some annoying flaws. For those of us who were in the Air Force, and especially those of us who earned the Air Force Wings, we do not like to see them on a gunner. They had their own wings, as did navigator and bombardier. Any other enlisted man, had wings that were smaller and had a circle in the center.The fuss about someone having a baby, in the middle of a mission is pure hollywood, obviously not accurate, and it does take away from the somber and serious time during a maximum effort into Germany.The person who wrote the synopsis is also at fault for describing this film as events happening at the end of WWII. In fact, this was at the very beginning of the 8th Air Force's attempt to bomb Germany, which began in 1943. The US was only a year into the War, and two plus years from the end.
thought provoking war drama
- george snedker
stagey but first class war drama about the generals who send their men on missions with the heavy losses that occur.
A great film compliment to "12 O'Clock High".
- Joey Ocampo
This drama ranks high in my list of 'must-have' WWII films of the Mighty 8th Air Force second only "12 O'Clock High! General Dennis of the US Force in England in World War II finds that he must order his planes deeper and deeper into Germany to prevent the production of military jet planes that will turn the tide of battle to the Germans. He must fight congressmen, and his own chain of command to win the political battle before he can send his planes out. His problem is complicated by a very narrow window of good weather necessary to allow his effort to be successful. Adapted from a stage play, it attempts to look at the challenges of command in the political arena.