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
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As with many Hollywood war movies, the salutes between officers are incorrect. The junior officer salutes first and holds his salute until the superior officer returns it. Also, Private Wilbur and Master Sergeant Dolan salute each other, something enlisted personnel do not do; nor do privates call sergeants "sir." It is unclear whether this is a mistake or Dolan purposely keeps Wilbur ignorant of military protocol; although late in the movie Wilber (now a master sergeant after Dolan is busted) renders a proper, snappy salute to an officer. See more
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