12 O'Clock High (1964–1967)
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The Fighter Pilot 

Three top Pacific fighter pilots make it to the 918th without authorization, and are anxious to get back into air combat no matter what it takes.



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Episode cast overview:
Col. Joe Gallagher
Sgt. Sandy Komansky
Maj. Harvey Stovall
Capt. Dominic Dejohn
Sgt. Margo Demarest
Capt. Jerry Clinton
Maj. John Davidson
Capt. Franz Rausch (as Jonathan Lippe)
James Devine ...
Jimmy Storm
Robert Dornan ...
Capt. Bob Fowler


Straight from the Pacific, a trio of hotshot fighter aces roar into Archbury field, instantly making a bad impression with Col. Gallagher. Their leader, Capt. Dejohn, a seasoned veteran with a burning desire for combat and little discipline, bristles at his new commander's reprimand, setting the stage for a battle of wills between the two. Things only get worse after Gallagher flies rings around Dejohn in a simulated dogfight in an effort to acclimate him to the differences in the European air war. Dejohn takes the lesson as a personal affront and launches a vendetta against Gallagher. The situation approaches critical as evidence starts to appear that the new pilots arrived at the 918th under very scandalous circumstances. Written by alexk-6

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Drama | War




Release Date:

11 November 1966 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The P-51 Mustangs are marked with Overlord invasion markings. These were applied only on the evening of early June 1944 to permit anti-aircraft crews easier identification during the operation. They remained on aircraft until over-painted. See more »

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4 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

I was searching for information on the 511th Fighter Squadron and found this episode of 12 O'Clock High. I loved this series when I was a kid. My cousin served in the 511th FS in WWII and was killed in action on July 30, 1944, while attacking German ground troops near Vire, France. The show portrays the 511th as a P-51 squadron but it was a P-47 Thunderbolt squadron throughout the war. I would love to see the series again. The 511th shipped to England in December 1943, and was stationed at Christchurch, England. It began combat operations in March 1944 and moved to France at the end of June 1944. It was part of the 9th Tactical Air Force, whose main responsibility was direct support of ground troops. Most of the B-17's in the European theater were part of the 8th Air Force, which was assigned the strategic bombing mission.

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