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Raiders in the Sky (1953)
"Appointment in London" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  September 1955 (USA)
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Wing-commander Tim Mason leads a squadron of Lancaster bombers on almost nightly raids from England. Having flown eighty-seven missions he will shortly be retiring from flying, but the ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tim Mason
Ian Hunter ...
Logan
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Eve Canyon
Bryan Forbes ...
The Brat
Walter Fitzgerald ...
Mulvaney
Bill Kerr ...
Bill Brown
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Mac
Anne Leon ...
Pam Greeno
Charles Victor ...
Dobbie
Richard Wattis ...
Pascal
Carl Jaffe ...
German General
Sam Kydd ...
Ackroyd
Terence Longdon ...
Buchanan
Michael Ripper ...
Bomb Aimer
Campbell Singer ...
Flight Sergeant
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Wing-commander Tim Mason leads a squadron of Lancaster bombers on almost nightly raids from England. Having flown eighty-seven missions he will shortly be retiring from flying, but the strain is showing. He tries to make sure his men concentrate only on their job and so keeps women away from the base, but then he himself meets naval officer Eve Canyon. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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According to Dirk Bogarde, the character of Tim Mason was based on Wing Commander Guy Gibson who led the Dambusters raid in May 1943. Gibson was at one stage the commanding officer of 106 squadron and one of the flight commanders was Squadron Leader John Wooldridge, co-writer and composer for "Appointment in London". See more »

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When Tim arrived by himself at the pub he lights a cigarette, then removes some tobacco from his tongue with his fingers. He rubs his fingers together and moves the cigarette pack. As we cut to the next shot he rubs his fingers together again and moves the pack again. See more »

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Closing credits epilogue: This story is humbly dedicated to all those airmen who were unable to keep an Appointment in London See more »

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The Stars Will Remember
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Tight script, great performances, amazing flying sequences
4 January 2007 | by (Rural Kent, UK) – See all my reviews

This is an unusual film. As others have commented it is well made, tautly scripted and has very good central performances. But that isn't what singles it out.

It's commonly thought that night time area bombing by the RAF was a hit or miss affair, quite different from daylight precision bombing done by the USAAF. Whilst no one can argue that targets were easier to see during daylight hours, both the RAF and the Luftwaffe developed highly accurate methods of hitting their targets at night. In the fateful Dresden raid in February 1945, almost 95% of the RAF bombload fell within one mile of the markers placed with 50 metre accuracy by the Mosquito target illuminator aircraft. The following day, a quarter of the American daylight force sent to follow up bombed Prague, having mistaken one bend in the River Elbe for another.

This film depicts, at length, the method of target marking the flight path using coloured airburst flares, eliminating 'creepback' by approaching the target along different vectors, air and ground marking the target and using a 'Master Bomber' to control the incoming streams and give bomb aimers feedback on accuracy.

No medal was struck for Bomber Command and many of the crew themselves felt their contribution was best forgotten, so this film is one of the few accurate testaments to their courage.


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