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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
...
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 ...
...
Jet van Dieren
...
Hay Petrie ...
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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Action | Drama | War

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Release Date:

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

This film's opening prologue inter-title states: "B. for Bertie crashed on Sunday Morning, 04.31, but our story starts some fifteen hours earlier . . . . . . . " See more »

Goofs

Whilst on the Dutch road, the airmen are passed by a supposedly German armoured car. The vehicle is actually a British-made Humber. See more »

Quotes

Else Meertens: Do you think that we Hollanders who threw the sea out of our country will let the Germans have it? Better the sea.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Sunday morning, 04.26, at an operational station somewhere in England See more »

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Soundtracks

Omward Christiam Soldiers
(uncredited)
19th Century British hymn
Words by Sabine Baring Gould (1865)
Music by Arthur Sullivan (1871)
Whistled by Bernard Cribbens
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Archers Airborne
5 February 2001 | by (sunnyvale, ca) – See all my reviews

"B. for Bertie crashed on Sunday morning. 0431. But our story starts some fifteen hours earlier......."

With that simple statement Powell and Pressburger take us on another journey into cinema. A group of wise-cracking RAF crewmen take off on a routine bombing flight. The plane is shot and the crew manage to parachute off the before the plane stalls and crashes.

On the ground the men (minus the pilot) gather together. They first encounter a trio of children who ask "have you come to invade Holland?" The men are taken to the adults who debate about what to do with them.

Truly inventive film is well thought-out and photographed. Interest never wavers. What could have been a run-of-the-mill war film was skillfully crafted into a film of humanity in the midst of inhumanity.

Shameless Laudations!


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