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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Did You Know?
Some of the enemy aircraft in the movie are P-43 Lancers. These aircraft belonged to the 55th Fighter Squadron which was stationed at Drew Field when the movie was being filmed. The 55th was at Drew Fld training pilots and support personnel to form new combat units at the start of WW II. Later after several moves the 55th as part of the 20th Fighter Group transfered to England to carry out combat operations there. See more
At the end of the movie B-17 pilots are shown preparing to attack Japan, which is 862 miles away, according to a sign. Except for Doolittle's Raid in 1942 with two-engined North American B-25 "Mitchels" off a Navy carrier, the only bombers that attacked Japan were Boeing B-29 "Superfortresses," and that was in 1944 and 1945. The B-29s flew from Saipan and Tinian, which were over 1,000 miles from mainland Japan. Americans never had airfields close enough from which B-17s could reach Japan. See more
Sgt. Joe Winocki
[overhearing the Pearl Harbor attack on the radio
Hey, Peterson, who you got tuned in, Orson Welles?
Opening credits prologue: FOREWARD "It is for us the living .... to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced ..... It is ......for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us ..... that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Abraham Lincoln See more
I Get a Kick Out of You
Written by Cole Porter
Background music before the briefing in Australia See more