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(1943)

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Cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca started the film, but he was replaced by Joseph F. Biroc, who finished the picture uncredited.
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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.
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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.
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This film represents one of four movies made by Hollywood during the 1940s that were about or related to the US military's Dolittle Raid on Tokyo, Japan, during World War II. The four (the first three considered "fictionalized") are Destination Tokyo (1943); The Purple Heart (1944); this film; and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), the last being the most accurate and least fictionalized of the four.
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The word "Hell" is drowned out with various sound effects each time an actor says it.
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The Larry Beinhart novel "American Hero," which was the source material for Wag the Dog (1997), posited that this film inspired the news footage of smart bombs during Operation Desert Storm.
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