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Fighter Squadron (1948)

 -  Action | War  -  27 November 1948 (USA)
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During World War II, an insubordinate fighter pilot finds the shoe on the other foot when he's promoted.

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Capt. Stuart L. Hamilton
John Rodney ...
Col. William 'Bill' Brickley
Tom D'Andrea ...
M / Sgt. James F. Dolan
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Brig. Gen. Mike McCready
James Holden ...
Lt. Tennessee Atkins
Walter Reed ...
Capt. Duke Chappell
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Brig. Gen. Mel Gilbert
Arthur Space ...
Maj. Sanford
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Lt. 'Shorty' Kirk
Bill McLean ...
Pvt. Wilbur (as William McLean)
Mickey McCardle ...
Jacobs
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Captain (scenes deleted) (as Richard Taylor)
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Rory Mallinson ...
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Storyline

At an American air base in England, 1943, is conniving Sergeant Dolan, who manipulates everyone, and insubordinate ace fighter pilot Major Ed Hardin. When Ed is promoted to commander of his group, he must fight his former anti-authority stance as well as the enemy; tension grows as D-Day approaches. Generally lighthearted between moments of technicolor gore; lots of air combat footage, much of it genuine. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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There's new glory in the air and this is the story that tells of it - with the flyin'-est, fun-lovin'-est Yankee Doodle daredevils the adventure screen has yet seen! See more »

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Action | War

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27 November 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escadrilles de combat  »

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Filmed on location at Oscoda Army Air Field (Wurtsmith AFB), Michigan. See more »

Goofs

German ground vehicles are marked with a Nazi swastika on the cab instead of the more likely Balkenkreuz cross. See more »

Soundtracks

We Watch the Skyways
(uncredited)
Music by Max Steiner
Played during the opening credits and occasionally in the score
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Fun viewing, great fighter footage, poor production
29 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie as an AF veteran and a nephew of a fighter pilot who flew in an England based squadron. I am not sure if I would have enjoyed the movie as much without that personal investment. The production is not that impressive. The story of the maverick fighter pilot having to accept responsibility after being thrust into a leadership role was fairly predictable, in 2006. Maybe it was new and refreshing in 1948, but this is not a classic, must have, multifaceted war classic. However, it is a good viewing, once every few years, if you are a WWII buff. The inaccuracies and location problems are lost when I view the actual combat footage. The personal stories are consistent with reality, even though not told well.


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