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
(at around 1 min) Phipps is writing a letter of condolence to the mother of a recruit who has been killed in action. As he stops writing to talk with Major Brand, he switches his pen from his right hand to his left hand and removes his glasses with his right hand. In the next shot, his pen is back in his right hand and his glasses are in his left hand. See more
Lt. 'Scotty' Scott
It's a funny war.
No, not awfully.
Music by Raymond Hubbell
Lyrics by John Golden
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