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?
This move was produced during the war and was meant to be a morale booster, not a documentary. As a result, there are numerous incidents shown in the movie that are not 100% accurate, but these things should not be considered "goofs" as Hollywood was doing the best it could to support the war effort. See more
When the Americans prepare to attack the Japanese fleet, pilots are shown manning P-40s, however, P-39s are shown taking off. 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
Referenced in Five Came Back: Combat Zones
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