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Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter (1943)

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Military training film on the characteristics, capabilities, weaknesses, and recognition of the World War II Japanese fighter aircraft known as the Zero.


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Uncredited cast:
Art Gilmore ...
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Lt. Jimmy Saunders (uncredited)
Harvey Stephens ...
The Major (uncredited)
Craig Stevens ...
Lt. Weldon - P-40 Pilot (uncredited)


Military training film on the characteristics, capabilities, weaknesses, and recognition of the World War II Japanese fighter aircraft known as the Zero. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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2 February 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jap Zero  »

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Army Air Corps Song
("Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder")
(also called "The Army Air Force")
Written by Captain Robert Crawford
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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A well-made WWII training film.
20 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In many ways, it's not fair to rate this film like others on IMDb. After all, it's an Army Air Corps training film despite having a very famous man in the leading role. During WWII, lots of Hollywood actors joined the military to do their part. Ronald Reagan was among these volunteers and was stationed state-side making various training and positive propaganda films. Some have criticized him for this, but this assignment was not his choice--plus he probably wouldn't have passed the induction physical, so he was put to good use in this capacity.

This film is exactly as the title suggests--a recognition guide to recognize the Japanese Zero fighter. Initially, some footage is shown and drawings are then compared between the Zero and Air Corps fighter planes--all set to narration by Art Gilmore. To illustrate the possibility of misidentification, a little vignette starring Reagan is then presented. He plays a young pilot who is a tad cocky--and this sets him up for serious problems in what follows.

Overall, this is not the sort of film the average person would watch. But, as I am a huge cinemaniac, I am just the sort to watch a WWII training film since it starred our future President and a popular actor doing the sort of film that seldom is seen by the public! If you are curious, too, give it a watch--it's well made and very effective in its task.

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