In 1915 France, Major Brand commands the 39th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. The young airmen go up in bullet-riddled "crates" and the casualty rate is appalling, but Brand can't make the "brass hats" at headquarters see reason. Insubordinate air ace Captain Courtney is another thorn in Brand's side...but finds the smile wiped from his face when he rises to command the squadron himself. Everyone keeps a stiff upper lip.
Rod Crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
They roared through the dawn . . . with death on their wings !
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Did You Know?
Courtney (Errol Flynn) says that his father was a professor of biology at Queen's. In fact, Errol Flynn's father, Theodore Thomson Flynn, was a professor of biology, first at the University of Tasmania and later at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In Tasmania he did pioneering work on the declining population of the thylacine, or "Tasmanian wolf", which went extinct in 1936. See more
When Captain Courtney is rescued, he jumps on the wing and hangs onto the strut. When the actual aircraft takes off, the dummy used is much further forward on the wing than Captain Courtney was. See more
Man is a savage animal, who, periodically to relieve his nervous tension, tries to destroy himself.
Referenced in Fiona on Fire
Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile!
Music by Felix Powell
Lyrics by George Asaf
Sung by the airmen in the club
Reprised by arriving replacement airmen See more