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Winning Your Wings (1942)

Approved  |   |  Short, History, War  |  28 May 1942 (USA)
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Inspirational short film designed to encourage recruits for the American Army Air Forces.

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James Stewart, famous actor and now a Lieutenant in the US Army Air Forces, hosts and narrates this short film aimed at the recruitment of officer candidates. He states that there is a great mobilization, and that 90 thousand new flying officers are needed. Due to this heavy need, he discusses how the prerequisites have been altered to encourage recruitment. He also discusses the great rate of pay, benefits, training and other advantages enjoyed by flying officers. He describes the various officer positions required for the nine man crews of the B-17 Bombers, and also various ground support officer positions available. Written by TimeNTide

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James Stewart: The roar of 100,000 motors sing their song of freedom, their wings outstretched in the cause of decency, and each spinning prop drones in vengeance against those who would destroy our way of life... but somebody's got to fly them. A lot of somebodies got to fly them.
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I Get a Kick Out of You
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Nothing Can Stop The Army Air Corps
24 July 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to get to see this recruiting film on TCM this morning with James Stewart this morning. Before going off to Europe and flying several bombing missions over Axis territory in the next four years, Stewart stopped by Warner Brothers long enough to make this recruitment film.

What's ironic here is that those who didn't take to the skies and became infantrymen would have nothing, but derision for films like these. Despite the contributions of the Army Air Corps which were certainly real enough, those who weren't in that service felt these guys got all the glamor. You can see that idea running through any number of war films.

Still it was interesting to see such folks as Charles Drake, Peter Graves, Don DeFore and Ray Montgomery before they became recognizable civilian actors.

James Stewart had three loves in his life, Gloria, acting, and flying and this was I'm sure a labor of love for him.


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