On June 4-6, 1942, a large Japanese force attempted to capture Midway Island in the North Pacific, but was defeated by U.S. forces with a loss ratio of 4:1 in favor of the Americans. On hand was a crew of naval photographers directed by John Ford; their documentary footage was edited together with narration by Hollywood actors. The film covers the attack on Midway, some limited aerial footage, the search for survivors, and aftermath of the battle.
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The few places where the film jumps its sprockets and goes out of frame were caused by the concussion of exploding bombs or shrapnel hitting the camera. Those scenes were left in by director Ford to demonstrate the intensity of the battle. See more
Midway Island. Not much land right enough, but it's our outpost. Your front yard.
Army Air Corps Song
("Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder")
(also called "The Army Air Force" (1939))
Written by Captain Robert Crawford
Played in the score See more