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Fighter Squadron (1948)

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
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Capt. Duke Chappell
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Brig. Gen. Mel Gilbert
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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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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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27 November 1948 (USA)  »

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Escuadron de combate  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When the Sergeant is driving reporters onto the base he has normal rank patches sewn on his jacket; after he drops them off and drives over to an airplane to speak to some ground crew his rank is crudely stenciled on his sleeve. When he stops in front of HQ to talk to Wilbur, he's back in his original jacket with embroidered patches. See more »

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We Watch the Skyways
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Music by Max Steiner
Played during the opening credits and occasionally in the score
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A must see film for any aviation buff!
27 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie gets better with time. Some of the best flying shots of the P-47 Thunderbolt. Most of the action segments must have used available planes (P-47); it was only 3 years after the end of the war, and there were plenty of Thunderbolts in top flying condition.

To the credit of the film's producers, some of the air combat scenes used actual footage shot with "gun cameras' on Thunderbolts. This is clearly seen where ground targets , such as trains, are being strafed.

Although the German fighters are clearly P-51's (with Luftwaffe markings), and not ME 109's, there were probably very few flyable Nazi combat aircraft of any type in 1948. This was decades before CGI!


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