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Bombardier (1943)

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Training of bombardiers in semi-documentary style, with personal stories and a battle climax.


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Complete credited cast:
Maj. Chick Davis
Capt. Buck Oliver
Burton Hughes
Tom Hughes
Walter Reed ...
Jim Carter
Joe Connors
Sgt. Archie Dixon
Leonard Strong ...
Japanese Officer
Richard Martin ...
Russell Wade ...
Paul Harris
Capt. Rand
John Miljan ...
Chaplain Charlie Craig
Eugene L. Eubank ...
General Eubank (as Brigadier-General Eugene L. Eubank)


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 Rod Crawford <>

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See the bombing of Tokyo before your very eyes!


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Release Date:

14 May 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

19° stormo bombardieri  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Richard Martin plays a character named "Chito Rafferty". He appeared as Tim Holt's sidekick, Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustemonte Rafferty, in Holt's RKO series of "B" westerns in the 1940s and 1950s. See more »


Carter is told tot to lower his landing gear, but the gear is clearly down when the plane is seen from behind. 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!
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Crazy Credits

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 (1939) See more »


You're In The Army Now
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Melody included in "Song of the Bombardiers"
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Flawed but still excellent
12 March 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I wasn't sure at first if I was watching a documentary, propaganda film or dramatic presentation. I guess given the time of production it was a mix of all three.

Admittedly the dramatic plot was somewhat predictable. But you had a sense that there would be some interesting scenes as the movie went on. We were able to witness what appeared to be realistic training regimens and equipment.

Where this movie came together for me was closer to the end. The scenes had a realism (at least as I perceived it) that I haven't encountered often before. You could place yourself in the action and imagine the thoughts of the young combatants. This was mixed in with the usual problems of portraying passable Japanese soldiers at a time when you might think real Japanese actors would be somewhat scarce.

The movie is excellent as a source of the state of the American mindset in 1943 as the war waged with Japan. Also of interest was a dig at the Japanese with respect to the help the USA gave Japan in past years.

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