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?
One of the Nieuports used in the movie is now on display at the Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker Alabama. See more
When Captain Courtney is rescued, he jumps on the wing and hangs onto the strut. When the actual aircraft takes off, the dummy used is much further forward on the wing than Captain Courtney was. See more
[Whimsically after reading a letter from home
You know, Brand, it'd be awfully nice if we had a dog around here in the mornings to come in and cheer us up.
[Whistling and talking to an imagined dog
Here! Come on, fella! Come on here! Mind your muddy feet. Come on!
[Brand has been deep in thought and only now realizes Phipps is talking
What you doing?
Uh, the dog.
Dog? What dog? Where?
No, I say it would be nice if we had a dog to come in here in the mornings to sort of cheer us up, you know? ...
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Music by Raymond Hubbell
Lyrics by John Golden
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