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One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)

 -  Action | Drama | War  -  27 June 1942 (UK)
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When Nazi anti-aircraft fire damages a British bomber, its crew bails out and seeks help from the Dutch underground.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Godfrey Tearle ...
Sir George Corbett - Rear Gunner in B for Bertie
Eric Portman ...
Tom Earnshaw - Second Pilot in B for Bertie
Hugh Williams ...
Frank Shelley - Observer / Navigator in B for Bertie
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Geoff Hickman - Front Gunner in B for Bertie
Hugh Burden ...
John Glyn Haggard - Pilot in B for Bertie
Emrys Jones ...
Bob Ashley - Radio Operator in B for Bertie
Pamela Brown ...
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Jet van Dieren
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Hay Petrie ...
The Burgomaster
Selma Vaz Dias ...
Burgomeister's wife (as Selma Van Dias)
Arnold Marlé ...
Pieter Sluys
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De Jong
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The Priest
Alec Clunes ...
The Organist
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During the Allied Bombing offensive of World War II the public was often informed that "A raid took place last night over ..., One (or often more) of Our Aircraft Is Missing". Behind these sombre words hid tales of death, destruction and derring-do. This is the story of one such bomber crew who were shot down and the brave Dutch patriots who helped them home. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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27 June 1942 (UK)  »

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Un de nos avions n'est pas rentré  »

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£70,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

One day Noel Coward visited the set and after seeing how the crew staged and wrapped up an elaborate sequence in about two hours decided to use most of them on his film In Which We Serve (1942). See more »

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The Germans are wearing First World War uniforms and equipment. See more »

Quotes

Jo de Vries: I give you a toast. Louis?
[Her servant fills all of their glasses]
Jo de Vries: It has been our motto since the House of Orange drove out the Spaniards 300 years ago. "Je Maintiendrai."
[All drink]
Jo de Vries: It's nice to be a woman again, even for half an hour.
Geoff Hickman, Front Gunner in B for Bertie: What do they reckon that motto of yours means, then, ma'am?
Jo de Vries: "We can take it."
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involving war drama from 'The Archers'
7 April 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"...one of our aircraft is missing ..." is a well-cast and well-written piece from Powell and Pressburger, key film makers in 1940s Britain.

The crew of B for Bertie find themselves lost in enemy territory and have to depend on the resources of others to get them to safety. The crew are played by some of the best actors of the time: Godfrey Tearle as the upper-class rear gunner; Eric Portman as the bluff Yorkshire co-pilot; Hugh Williams (father of 1970s actor Simon) as the refined navigator; Bernard Miles - better than usual - as the front gunner; High Burden as the pilot; and Emrys Jones as the Welsh sportsman who became the radio operator.

In support are Googie Withers, P&P regular Pamela Brown, Joyce Redman, Robert Helpmann (as the quisling), Alec Clunes (father of Martin) as the church organist, and Peter Ustinov (in his film debut) as the priest.

This film has been done as a drama-documentary so has a very realistic feel and look, pulling the viewer right into the action alongside the aircraft crew. It is less atmospheric than the 30s P&P films featuring Conrad Veidt and perhaps represented a more grounded style to their work before their Technicolor fantasies of the late 40s.


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