On December 6, 1941 nine B-17 bomber set off on a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii. One of the bombers, the Mary Ann, is commanded by 'Irish' Quincannon. The bombardier, Tommy McMartin, has a sister living in Hawaii and the co-pilot, Bill Williams, is sweet on her. The men are all highly professional with the exception of aerial gunner Joe Winocki, a bitter man who has every intention of leaving the army air corps. They arrive at Hickam Field on the morning of December 7, just as the Japanese are attacking Pearl Harbor and other military facilities. All of the men prepare to face the enemy, including Winocki whose attitude changes quickly. The bomber and its crew will participate in many missions but not all will survive. Written by
GIANTS OF THE SKY...blazing a trail to victory!
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is in studio records/casting call lists playing "Quincannon's Son" and he's called Michael in the film, but he does not appear. See more
Sergeant Winocki is described as being a "tail gunner" but the B-17D, the model used in the film, didn't have a tail gunner position. That came with the redesigned B-17E. It is important to note, however, that in the earlier B-17 models, the waist positions functioned as the tail gunners as well. This was accomplished by fishtailing the aircraft from side to side to give the waist gunners a clear shot behind the aircraft, as seen in the film. Referring to Winocki as a "tail gunner" is not incorrect, since any number of descriptions apply in this case. See more
Assistant Crew Chief Weinberg
Funny thing, I never thought there was nothin' west of Manhattan except Jersey.
The Army Air Corps Song
("Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder")
Written by Robert Crawford
Played during the opening credits and often throughout the film See more