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?
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
The scenes at "Hamilton Field" are not filmed at that location. Hamilton Field was a permanent Air Corps base in 1941 and did not have the temporary wartime tower, flight line buildings, and hangars seen in the movie. 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
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