Sgt. Saunders and his squad have been ordered to escort a Sgt. Keeley behind enemy lines with his trained pigeons. The birds have small cameras on their legs to photograph the enemy, but Keeley is belligerent and surly.



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Episode cast overview:
Lt. Hanley
Sgt. Saunders
Sgt. Keeley
Jack Hogan ...
PFC Paul 'Caje' LeMay
Dick Peabody ...
Rudy Dolan ...
German Sgt. #1
Robert Champion ...
German Pvt.
Ed Deemer ...
German Sgt. #2
Ron Stokes ...


Saunders' squad is assigned to escort Sgt. Keeley of the Signal Corps on a special scouting mission to find an enemy location that cannot be spotted by aircraft. Sgt. Keeley uses pigeons he has trained to fly over enemy positions while carrying a small camera, and then return to their mobile roost with the pictures. Keeley is unfriendly from the start, and as the squad escorts him into enemy territory and they become involved in several firefights, Keeley clearly shows he cares only about his pigeons - not his fellow GIs. Written by David Wile

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Action | Drama | War




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17 November 1964 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Sergeant and the Pigeons
6 November 2017 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Lt. Hanley assigns Saunders and his squad to protect Sgt. Keeley and his trained pigeons behind the German lines with the objective of using the pigeons to photograph the German protected facility with a small camera attached to the bird. Along their journey they learn that Sgt. Keely is a man that prioritizes his pigeons than his fellow soldiers and his attitudes bring trouble to Saunders and his men.

"Fly Way Home" is another episode of "Combat!" where Saunders has relationship problems with another specialist sergeant that he must escort, this time specialized in pigeons. The conclusion resolves the issues between Keeley and Saunders but is unconvincing. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Voando para Casa" ("Fly Way Home")

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