Documentary short film depicting the uses of radar in high-level bombing during World War II. B-29 bombers are shown delivering bombs over Japan and using radar to make pinpoint accurate target assessments despite overcast conditions.
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Documentary short film depicting the uses of radar in high-level bombing during World War II. B-29 bombers are shown delivering bombs over Japan and using radar to make pinpoint accurate target assessments despite overcast conditions.

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The Captains and the Kings Depart
11 March 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Arthur Kennedy narrates this film from the Army Air Force. It's about radar, recently declassified in broad outline, and its part in bombing missions. We then see a bombing raid over Japan from the cramped viewpoint of the radar man, played by future Lone Ranger Clayton Moore.

It is clear from early on that this movie was produced after the end of the second World War. Early on, the narration refers to the atomic bomb and at the end, Kennedy notes that the war has been won. Why, then, make this movie? Because even as the armed forces demobilize, the men return to their civilian jobs, factories to production of consumer goods -- even as the captains and the kings depart, scientists will keep on working to perfect and produce more advanced arms. Buy bonds! To a nation weary of war, it was a publicity film that needed to be made. today it looks self-serving. Undoubtedly it was, although not entirely.


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