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Mosquito Squadron (1969)

 -  War | Drama  -  17 January 1970 (UK)
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Squadron Leader Quint Munroe, an RAF pilot in World War II, has a hard time dealing with the presumed death in action of fellow Sq. Leader David 'Scotty' Scott, whose family practically ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Quint Munroe
Suzanne Neve ...
Beth Scott
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Air Commodore Hufford
David Buck ...
Sqn. Ldr. David 'Scotty' Scott
David Dundas ...
Flt. Lieut. Douglas Shelton
Dinsdale Landen ...
Wing Commander Clyde Penrose
Nicky Henson ...
Flt. Sgt. Wiley Bunce
Bryan Marshall ...
Sqn. Ldr. Neale
Michael Anthony ...
Father Bellague
Peggy Thorpe-Bates ...
Mrs. Scott
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Mr. Scott
Vladek Sheybal ...
Lieutenant Schack
Michael McGovern ...
Flt. Lieutenant Bannister
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Squadron Leader Quint Munroe, an RAF pilot in World War II, has a hard time dealing with the presumed death in action of fellow Sq. Leader David 'Scotty' Scott, whose family practically raised him when he was orphaned, so they were like brothers. RAF Air Commodore Hufford has a crucial task for Quint, who is no longer serving in the squadron: a reconnaissance flight over the château de Charlon, a castle in occupied France, where the Nazis are probably developing a new generation of flying bombs; the defenses are indeed suspiciously tight. When analyzed, the photos show the castle grounds harbor an underground launching tunnel, and Quint gets a nearly impossible precision top-secret mission: select and train a team in only 10 days, when the French underground believes the first launch is planned, to 'aim' a new type of bouncing bomb into the tunnel, to blow up the whole Luftwaffe installation. Quint falls in love with Scotty's young widow Beth Scott, whose crippled brother, Flight ... Written by KGF Vissers

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To save England, he must sacrifice everything he loves.

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The Mosquito Squadron of this movie's title refers to a World War II squadron of Mosquito airplanes which are more specifically described as RAF (Royal Air Force) de Havilland Mosquito fighter-bomber aircraft. See more »

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The Mosquito aircraft carrying Highball bombs in the film use an extendable air-scoop fitted to the rear of the bomb bay. Real Highball aircraft used a pair of scoops fitted either side of the fuselage, under the wing roots. See more »

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Munroe: [Watching the fire crews remove Kemble from the wrecked Mosquito] Well, lets hope those bloody pictures are worth it!
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14 September 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I must tell you up front that I have a prejudice towards this film, as I love airplane movies--particularly WWII air films. So, when I saw this on the queue for Netflix, I thought I had to see it--especially since I am familiar with the famed fighter-bomber, the Mosquito. It was an amazingly able and agile plane--one of the best of the war, though it's seldom talked about today.

David McCallum stars in this film. If the name isn't familiar, he was one of the stars of the 1960s show "The Man From UNCLE". Unfortunately, he really wasn't given a personality in the film--he was there, but not much more.

The story is about a Mosquito squadron. Their job will now be to bomb a rocket production facility. However, it will take absolute precision bombing using very odd bouncing bombs--much like smaller versions of the ones used to blow up the dams in the Ruhr Valley (for more on that, see the excellent film "Dam Busters"). But there's a hitch---the Germans are anticipating it and have moved all the shot down Mosquito crews to this location--daring the Brits to carry out this raid and kill their own men.

The action is generally good, but due to a lack of availability, the German fighters are actually slow-moving transport/observation planes. At times, some of these planes are models and move in impossible ways.

And, considering how much better the flying sequences were in "The Battle of Britain" (also 1969), I could see how this film might have been overshadowed. There also is a bit of predictability towards the end--with a few clichés among the escaped prisoners. Overall, a decent movie that's worth watching but also one that is far from a must-see.


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