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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
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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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Those Guys in the Skies with Wings on Their Hearts Bring a Roaring New Thrill to Yours! See more »

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Action | War

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27 November 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escuadrón 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

During the briefing before D-Day; Edmund O'Brien may have misspoken. He stated that one of the squadrons would be loaded with "frag 260s". Two hundred sixty pound bombs were not in the American inventor; but 250 were. See more »

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Some Sunday Morning
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Music by M.K. Jerome and Ray Heindorf
Played when Stu and Ed are talking in the room after Stu comes back
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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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