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Mosquito Squadron (1969)

G | | War, Drama | 17 January 1970 (UK)
In WW2, a RAF squadron leader mourns the death of a comrade and receives a bombing mission against a secret Nazi V-2 rocket testing facility in France.

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Quint Munroe
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Beth Scott
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Air Commodore Hufford
David Buck ...
Sqn. Ldr. David 'Scotty' Scott
David Dundas ...
Flt. Lieut. Douglas Shelton
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Wing Commander Clyde Penrose
Nicky Henson ...
Flt. Sgt. Wiley Bunce
Bryan Marshall ...
Sqn. Ldr. Neale
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Father Bellague
Peggy Thorpe-Bates ...
Mrs. Scott
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Mr. Scott
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Lieutenant Schack
Michael McGovern ...
Flt. Lieutenant Bannister
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Storyline

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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War | Drama

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Esquadrão Mosquito  »

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Trivia

The whole pre-credits sequence in its entirety was taken from the studio's previous picture, Operation Crossbow (1965). This movie would also utilize footage from the studio's earlier 633 Squadron (1964), most noticably the shot of Munroe rolling on the ground to extinguish the flames on the back of his flying jacket, after rerturning from the recon mission. See more »

Goofs

In many scenes where bombs are dropped, the bombs are released when the plane is almost or already right over the target. Even at low altitude, the planes doing 300-400mph, the bombs would fall well beyond the targets with such a late release. See more »

Quotes

Wing Commander Clyde Penrose: You were close, weren't you?
Munroe: [Walking off] We were brought up together.
Wing Commander Clyde Penrose: [Walking alongside] Really? Were there family connections?
Munroe: No. My mother and father were killed some time ago. I've always thought of Sqaudron Leader Scott's parents as my own
Wing Commander Clyde Penrose: I see.
Munroe: Well, I suppose i'd better go and tell them.
Wing Commander Clyde Penrose: Hateful business. I could never find the words.
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Connections

Edited from Operation Crossbow (1965) See more »

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War movie buffs will want to see this one.
31 May 2001 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconin, USA) – See all my reviews

This is not a quality film as far as directing, dialogue, or acting. However, it does have a decent plot-line and a lot of fine footage of the twin-engined British DeHavilland Mosquito light bomber in action. It is rare to see this aircraft in a war film and I therefore recommend that war movie buffs tape this one and keep it in their collection. The plot involves the precision bombing of a French chateau and underground German "V" rocket lab. David McCallum is, as usual, a very like-able character.


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