Life on a British bomber base, and the surrounding towns, from the opening days of the Battle of Britain, to the arrival of the Americans, who join in the bomber offensive. The film centres around Pilot Officer Peter Penrose, fresh out of a training unit, who joins the squadron, and quickly discovers about life during war time. He falls for Iris, a young girl who lives at the local hotel, but he becomes disillusioned about marriage, when the squadron commander dies in a raid, and leaves his wife, the hotel manageress, with a young son to bring up. As the war progresses, Penross comes to terms that he has survived, while others have been killed. Written by
16 June 1945 (UK)
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Also Known As:
Johnny in the Clouds
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(Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?
The poem recited by John Mills
is titled "For Johnny". It is an ode to RAF pilots written by John Pudney (1909-1977). See more
As the American pilot alights to join the first US bombers leaving to bomb the Nazis on "Aug. 17" (1942) his Mae West is visibly stenciled: "Insp 5/3/44" . See more
I'm afraid I'm strictly amateur.
Flight Lt. David Archdale
There aren't any amateurs and professionals anymore, just good pilots and bad pilots. The good pilots stay alive and the bad ones don't. And that's not true anymore either.
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