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Air Force (1943)

Approved | | Action, Drama, History | 20 March 1943 (USA)
The crew of an Air Force bomber arrives in Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack and is sent on to Manila to help with the defense of the Philippines.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pilot
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Co-Pilot
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Bombardier
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Navigator
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Crew Chief Sgt. White
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Asst. Crew Chief
Ward Wood ...
Radio Operator
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Asst. Radio Operator
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Aerial Gunner Joe Winocki
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Pursuit Pilot - Passenger
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Major Mallory
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Colonel at Hickam Field
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Col. Blake
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Marine Sgt. J.J. Callahan (as Edward S. Brophy)
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Maj. W.G. Roberts
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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 garykmcd

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GIANTS OF THE SKY...blazing a trail to victory! See more »

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Action | Drama | History | War

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20 March 1943 (USA)  »

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El bombardero heroico  »

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Trivia

These B-17Bs had the old-style tail section; later modifications beefed up the section that corrected its structural deficiencies.. See more »

Goofs

When "Mary Ann" is landing at Hickam Field, the pilot gives the command "flaps down." However, in the very next scene the model "Mary Ann" shows no flaps deployed. See more »

Quotes

Assistant Crew Chief Weinberg: [looking at map] Is this here Wake Island?
Navigator Monk Hauser: Yeah.
Assistant Crew Chief Weinberg: How far is it?
Navigator Monk Hauser: Oh, it's about 2300 miles from Honolulu.
Assistant Crew Chief Weinberg: [whistles] And we're gonna land on that dot?
Navigator Monk Hauser: Yeah, it's not very big, is it?
Assistant Crew Chief Weinberg: Like trying to find a buckshot in Central Park. Gee, I wish there were some traffic signs around.
Navigator Monk Hauser: There are, but you can't see them.
Assistant Crew Chief Weinberg: I mean like numbers and streets.
Navigator Monk Hauser: Yeah, but they call them latitudes and longitudes.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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Featured in Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(circa 1856) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1862)
Played during the foreword quotng Abraham Lincoln
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A more important film than the latté crowd may realize.
1 December 2001 | by (Sacramento, California) – See all my reviews

The "Got him!" dogfight in Star Wars was practically cut-by-cut from Air Force (just as Indiana Jones lifted the Big Round Boulder scene directly from an Uncle Scrooge comic, but that's another review). Air Force's Dying Pilot scene (check-listing his crew for takeoff, job by job, and they respond) is almost unendurable to any man who has worked in danger and loss with other men. The crew's field-modifying the pre-G-series B-17 to equip it with an effective tail gun, (and stripping hulks for usable parts!) helped prepared me as a boy of the 1950s for my young manhood up on the high banks of Talladega and Daytona, and for business and traffic today. I trust our current young soldiers have found their own examples for courage and resourcefulness as they defend us today.


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