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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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M / Sgt. James F. Dolan
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James Holden ...
Lt. Tennessee Atkins
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Capt. Duke Chappell
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Jacobs
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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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The Flying Fist of the Air Force! See more »

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Action | War

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27 November 1948 (USA)  »

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Escuadrón de combate  »

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The fighter squadron in the film was equipped with 16 Republic P-47 Thunderbolts culled from Air National Guard units from Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. That is why the P-47s have different color schemes and other markings. The planes depicting Luftwaffe fighters were North American P-51 Mustangs from the California Air National Guard. The ANG pilots were able to fulfill their active duty flying requirements during the production of this film. See more »

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

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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 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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