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Wing and a Prayer (1944) Poster

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Anachronisms 

The film takes place in the months leading up to the Battle of Midway in June, 1942, and the pilots in it fly Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bombers. The TBF was not introduced until just prior to Midway and saw its first operational flights at the battle. During the period in which the film takes place, the pilots would actually be flying Douglas TBD Devastator torpedo bombers instead.
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Character error 

The wall-map of the world in the opening scene is wildly inaccurate.
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When the commander of torpedo squadron five reported to the carrier captain he failed to salute.
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Continuity 

An SB2C Helldiver (which was actually a post-Midway era aircraft) coded B-31 is shown preparing for launch, but when it goes into the water ahead of the carrier in a failed take-off it is B-27.
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Factual errors 

Curtiss SB2C Helldivers are shown in use alongside the Grumman TBF Avengers just prior to and during the Midway portions of the film. The Helldiver was not employed at Midway or prior to it.
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The movie shows the torpedo planes attacking the Japanese carriers and sinking them with virtually no losses. In the actual battle, most of the torpedo planes were shot down without inflicting any damage on the Japanese fleet.
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Many of the US fighter planes shown in the movie are Grumman F6F "Hellcats." This plane was not used against the Japanese until September 1943. In the battle of Midway, the fighters would mostly have been Grumman F4F "Wildcats."
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Near the beginning of the film, when the ship's officers are seated around the captain waiting to open their Orders, the clock on the wall depicts 11:00 yet the ship's bell tolls four times. This is a goof as aboard a US Navy ship 11:00 would toll six times signaling the beginning of the forenoon watch.
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Revealing mistakes 

In one of the early scenes there is stock footage of the carrier. The carrier is shown sailing in reverse with the wake at bow as if it were steaming ahead. It seems that the film is run in reverse.
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