In 1915 France, Major Brand commands the 39th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. The young airmen go up in bullet-riddled "crates" and the casualty rate is appalling, but Brand can't make the "brass hats" at headquarters see reason. Insubordinate air ace Captain Courtney is another thorn in Brand's side...but finds the smile wiped from his face when he rises to command the squadron himself. Everyone keeps a stiff upper lip. Written by
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They roared through the dawn . . . with death on their wings !
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Did You Know?
There was a real 59th Squadron (referred to as No. 59 Squadron) in the Royal Flying Corps during the Great War. Formed in 1916, it was deployed to France in 1917, flying R.E.8s (not the Nieuports seen in the film). The R.E.8 was a two-seater bombing reconnaissance aircraft. See more
In the beginning the planes shown landing and the planes that taxi up to the hangers are different. See more
[Opens package dropped by enemy plane
It's his helmet and goggles. It means a very gallant gentleman died this afternoon. And for what? What have all these deaths accomplished? So many fine chaps have died in this war and are going to die in future wars.
That's all, gentlemen.
Referenced in The Waltons: The Quilting
Stand to Your Glasses! (Hurrah for the Next Man to Die)
(ca 1850) (uncredited)
Music by Alfred Domett
, adapted from a Beethoven dirge
Lyrics adapted from the poem "The Revel" by Bartholomew Dowling
Sung a cappella by the airmen in the club See more