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
The name of their love was Mary Ann.
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Did You Know?
The only members of "Maryann" killed during the film were both kissed good-bye at the beginning of the movie: John Ridgely
("The Pilot") by his wife and Ray Montgomery
("Assistant Radio Operator) by his mother. Also, these are the only crew members to have someone "see them off" at the beginning of their mission. See more
After landing at Pearl Harbor, the crew is shown painting over the large number 10 on the Mary Ann's tail. When the Mary Ann takes off again, the number is still there. In subsequent shots, the number is shown painted over once again. See more
Sgt. Joe Winocki
[overhearing the Pearl Harbor attack on the radio
Hey, Peterson, who you got tuned in, Orson Welles?
"It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"
Written by Irving Mills
and Duke Ellington
Played on the radio aboard the B-17 airplane
Partially sung by George Tobias See more