Major Chick Davis proves to the U.S. Army the superiority of high altitude precision bombing, and establishes a school for bombardiers. Training is followed in semi-documentary style, with personal dramas in subplots. The climax is a spectacular, if somewhat jingoistic, battle sequence. Written by
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See the bombing of Tokyo before your very eyes!
Did You Know?
The "American" bomb sight mentioned throughout the movie was the Norden bomb sight whose secret was almost as closely guarded as the development of the atomic bomb. It used a mechanical computer and linkage to the plane's autopilot to achieve an accuracy of hitting with 75 feet of the target from an altitude of 12000 feet. All members of the bomber's crew were ordered to destroy the sight at all costs if the plane was going to crash. Many ships carried a hand grenade to place under the sight to assure total destruction. It was used as late as 1967 to drop sensors along the Ho Chi Minh trail in Viet Nam. See more
When Chick takes off in a silver early-model B-17 to prove bombing accuracy to some visitor big-wigs, he takes off in a plane with the number 51 on it's nose. In a subsequent shot, the number is 62, but the image in that brief shot is also reversed. See more
Eugene L. Eubank
[Closing lines voiceover
To put out fire. That is the crusade of the bombardiers, who are already building a great American tradition - a hundred thousand strong!
Brigadier General Eugene L. Eubank is billed first because he is credited in the forward before any cast is mentioned, and he is not listed in the comprehensive end credits. See more
References Goodbye, Mr. Chips
You're In The Army Now
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor
and Ole Olsen
Melody included in "Song of the Bombardiers" See more