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
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The aircraft used to play "Mary Ann" was a B-17B, one of 19 that had the gunners' bubbles replaced by the flush gun positions of the B-17C and B-17D. This aircraft MAY have been aircraft 38-583 or possibly 39-010. Also, aircraft "18" in the movie is 38-269. Pause the scenes where John Ridgely
has walked in front of the daytime flight line with numbers "18" and "05" in the back ground, and, as he is talking to the crew in the bombay, look through the gap between the bomb bay door and the fuselage: as you pause and forward frame-by-frame, you will see the tail of "18" just barely enough to see the numbers "8269" showing! This means that aircraft "18" is actually B-17B 38-269. See more
When the B-17 "Mary Ann" is in the Philippines, there is a scene where Bell P-39 "Aircobras" take off. While the P-39 was operational with the Army Air Force in December 1941, there were no P-39s deployed to the Philippines before, during, or after the Japanese invasion. The main pursuit aircraft in the Philippines at the time of the December attack were the Curtiss P-40 "Warhawk," and obsolescent Seversky P-35s and Boeing P-26 "Peashooters." All were quickly overwhelmed by Japanese forces. See more
Referenced in Pulp Fiction
Written by Daniel Butterfield
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