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Anachronisms 

The Volkswagen Kübelwagen in which the Oberst was driven to headquarters, had license plates marked WH or Wehrmacht Heer for ground forces. As an SS vehicle carrying an Oberst (Colonel), it would not have WH, but the distinctive runes of the SS.
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Character error 

While in the HQ building, which has two floors, the clerk says the Captain that can authorize the removal of the papers is on the third floor.
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Halloran knows how to use the machine pistol with no training in weapons of this kind, nor any indication of any prior experience.
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Factual errors 

When making the first bomb run in the B-25, and the right engine was hit and "feathered", the aircraft remained in formation at the same speed. Loss of an engine makes this an impossibility due to the loss of thrust.
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In the French Gestapo Headquarters, SS personnel are addressing each other using German Army titles. The SS used separate ranks than the Army which would always be used when addressing other SS members.
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British fire engines only had electric or hand bells, not the continental type sirens as heard in this film.
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USAF crews flew daylight missions over Europe. Halloran would not have had sufficient night-flying experience to carry out the mission with Sellinger. It is likely that a different type of plane would have been used as well, one less noticeable.
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The USAF Eighth Air Force, of which Halloran is a part, did not fly B-25s.
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The headquarters in Lyon is lit up at night with bright lights shining through its large windows. It would have had blackout curtains with no light showing through. Similarly, in the pursuit through the streets, isolated shops are seen to have their front windows lit up.
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Miscellaneous 

Halloran is seen to light the straw with a cigarette lighter when in a previous scene he has been seen to throw his own lighter away. It is the lighter he stole from the German guard in Lyon.
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When the motorcycle crashes and explodes, there are two explosions - one some distance from the crash site.
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Revealing mistakes 

Double yellow lines visible at various times during vehicle chase scenes (in Woodstock) nearing the end of the film.
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One of the sentries in the Gestapo HQ wears a helmet marked with Wehrmacht shields, whilst all other personnel are SS.
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Dummies (with no faces) visible during various crash scenes at the end of the movie. i.e. The Nazi jeep crashing into barrels and the crashing motorcyclist.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Plot holes 

Halloran knows where to head for the bridge despite only Sellinger having received the directions and in French which Halloran does not speak
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Revealing mistakes 

When Halloran lights the straw in the barn, the straw is seen to ignite in places remote from where he is holding the lighter.
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