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One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)

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

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Godfrey Tearle ...
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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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Action | Adventure | 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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title was parodied in One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975), in which both Peter Ustinov (The Priest) and Hugh Burden (John Glyn Haggard) appeared. See more »

Goofs

It seems unlikely that the sentry who starts shooting at the escapees from the bridge would not sound an alarm that would summon a patrol boat that could easily catch 5 men in a rowboat heading into the open ocean. See more »

Quotes

Jo de Vries: [to Frank] No Englishman would kiss a woman's hand - except perhaps an actor.
Frank Shelley - Observer: Snub or compliment?
Jo de Vries: Compliment.
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Referenced in One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Onward Christiam Soldiers
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19th Century British hymn
Words by Sabine Baring-Gould (1865)
Music by Arthur Sullivan (1871)
Whistled by Bernard Cribbens
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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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