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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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Complete credited cast:
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Maj Ed Hardin
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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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rory Mallinson ...
Guard (scenes deleted)
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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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If it had wings, they'd fly it! If it had skirts they'd fight for it! See more »

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Action | War

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27 November 1948 (USA)  »

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Escadrilles de combat  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Filmed on location at Oscoda Army Air Field (Wurtsmith AFB), Michigan. See more »

Goofs

Wrong markings on the P-47's. The story is set in England, and is of the 8th Air Force. All 8th AF planes had a three letter alphabetic code system. Two letters ahead of the insignia on the fuselage indicated the squadron of the plane, and a single letter to the rear indicated the plane within the squadron. In the film, there is a two-digit numerical code. This was done by the movie makers to match documentary outtakes from William Wyler's "Thunderbolt", a documentary about 12th air force P-47's. The 12 AF used a two-digit marking to indicate a particular plane. For the same reason, the color bands at the front of the cowlings are only about half as wide as they should be for 8th AF planes. See more »

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My Buddy
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Music by Walter Donaldson
Played when all the men are at the bar
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Taking command of the skies.
25 May 2003 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Directed by Raoul Walsh this movie is built around actual war footage. Air battle scenes are some of the best ever. The Third Fighter Group of the Army Air Force stationed in England pave the way for V-E Day by dueling with the German Luftwaffe. Along with the great camera footage is the background score of Max Steiner. A very good cast that features:Edmond O'Brien, Robert Stack, Tom D'Andrea, Shepperd Strudwick, James Holden and the one-line debut of Rock Hudson. This memorable film is even better in tandem with another Walsh war flick OBJECTIVE, BURMA!(1945). Sometimes predictable, but very worthwhile.


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