A USAF bomber pilot awakens in the desert, lying next to his downed B25 Mitchell. Capt. James Embry commanded the aircraft but has no memory of how he got there. More importantly to him, his crew is nowhere to be found. At one point, he even begins to wonder if he is hallucinating, especially after he sees one of his men momentarily sitting in the cockpit. When he awakens in a hospital bed he thinks it was all a dream but then wonders: did he really go back to the desert. Written by
This episode takes place in 1943 and 1960. See more »
When the Captain names the crew and their assigned tasks, he does not mention a bombardier, a vital crew member on a medium bomber. See more »
This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead, and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning, she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in the wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day, or any other day.
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This opening of the second season is reasonably good, mostly because of the acting of Robert Cummings. It involves another one of those military men who doesn't know where he is. He finds himself next to his disabled plane, wondering where his crew is. He does everything he can to try to understand. He sees a grave marker. He goes through the plane screaming. He finally realized he is alone. Eventually he wakes up and is in a hospital bed. Has this been an hallucination or did it actually happen; or was he reliving a painful memory? Of course, we aren't going tyo be given the information that easily.
There is kind of a precious ending which, I'm sure, Serling needed to mess with our minds. It works pretty well, but haven't we seen this plot in some incarnation on other occasions.
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