One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)

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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 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
De Jong
The Priest
Alec Clunes ...
The Organist


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 <>

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Release Date:

27 June 1942 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Un de nos avions n'est pas rentré  »

Box Office


£70,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Emrys Jones (playing "Bob Ashley," wireless operator and footballer) was an international soccer player before the war. The character was made to be a footballer because he could already play well. See more »


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 »


Tom Earnshaw, Copilot in B for Bertie: We want to get back, raid or no raid. Now look here, Mrs. de Vries, I don't...
Jo de Vries: Are you in command of this party?
Sir George Corbett, Rear Gunner in B for Bertie: No, no, no, he's just a Yorkshireman.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (2008) See more »


Omward Christiam Soldiers
19th Century British hymn
Words by Sabine Baring Gould (1865)
Music by Arthur Sullivan (1871)
Whistled by Bernard Cribbens
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A must-see movie for any World War II buff.
23 May 2001 | by (Bolingbrook, Illinois) – See all my reviews

More than half a century after the happening, for anyone who still can't get enough of World War II, this is a movie not to be missed.

It tells the story of what happens to an RAF crew on a bombing mission over Europe. That story is told with skill and even though the movie was made clear back in 1942, its technical aspects still hold up beyond the millennium (something which cannot be said for many World War II movies that were made during, and even after, the happening). All credit for this movie belongs to the brilliant British (well, one Brit and one Hungarian by birth) writing- producing-directing team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Two other movies in this genre that immediately come to mind and which likewise should not be missed by any World War II "junkie," are: "Command Decision" (1948) and "Twelve O'Clock High" (1949). The only difference(s) between these latter two and the one being reviewed are that the latter two are American movies (set in England) while "Aircraft" is a British effort (set in England and, well, Europe). Also, unlike "Aircraft," which was made during the height of the war, these latter two were made a few years following the war's conclusion.

Other than those quite minor differences, all three of these movies belong atop any World War IIite's must-see list.

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