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One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)

When Nazi anti-aircraft fire damages a British bomber, its crew bails out and seeks help from the Dutch underground.

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Emeric Pressburger (by), Michael Powell (written by: for The Archers) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Godfrey Tearle Godfrey Tearle ... Sir George Corbett - Rear Gunner in B for Bertie
Eric Portman ... Tom Earnshaw - Second Pilot in B for Bertie
Hugh Williams ... Frank Shelley - Observer / Navigator in B for Bertie
Bernard Miles ... Sgt Geoff Hickman - Front Gunner in B for Bertie
Hugh Burden ... John Glyn Haggard - Pilot in B for Bertie
Emrys Jones ... Bob Ashley - Radio Operator in B for Bertie
Pamela Brown Pamela Brown ... Els Meertens
Joyce Redman ... Jet van Dieren
Googie Withers ... Jo de Vries
Hay Petrie Hay Petrie ... The Burgomaster
Selma Vaz Dias Selma Vaz Dias ... Burgomeister's wife (as Selma Van Dias)
Arnold Marlé Arnold Marlé ... Pieter Sluys
Robert Helpmann ... De Jong
Peter Ustinov ... The Priest
Alec Clunes Alec Clunes ... The Organist
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Storyline

During the Allied Bombing offensive of World War II the public was often informed that "A raid took place last night over ..., One (or often more) of Our Aircraft Is Missing". Behind these sombre words hid tales of death, destruction and derring-do. This is the story of one such bomber crew who were shot down and the brave Dutch patriots who helped them home. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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A sensational characterisation you wouldn't believe possible See more »

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Dutch | German | Latin | French

Release Date:

27 June 1942 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Un de nos avions n'est pas rentré See more »

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Budget:

£70,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film has no musical score at all (a rarity). The opening titles play over the sound of the bomber's engines. See more »

Goofs

The crew use the word 'railroad' several times. Any British person would use the British term 'railway' not 'railroad'. See more »

Quotes

Jo de Vries: [about the three unconscious Germans] Don't worry about these Germans. We didn't invite them to this country, but we can take care of them once they're here.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Sunday morning, 04.26, at an operational station somewhere in England See more »

Alternate Versions

Some versions only have the first part of Frank Shelley's impersonation of Sgt. Hopkins when he's told that he won't be flying. Some versions cut Frank saying "You've got to be kidding me". See more »

Connections

Referenced in McHale's Navy: One of Our Engines Is Missing (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Onward Christiam Soldiers
(uncredited)
19th Century British hymn
Words by Sabine Baring-Gould (1865)
Music by Arthur Sullivan (1871)
Whistled by Bernard Cribbens
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Good Show, You Blokes.
31 August 2010 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Once again the Archers come through with a very entertaining picture. I think the film would be much more pertinent to, and was probably aimed at, WWII British audiences, but it is nevertheless top quality motion picture entertainment for either side of the Atlantic.

Although it starts out in a different vein than most - A British bomber flying unmanned until it crashes - there is surprisingly little action for a war picture and is mainly a character study about the airmen who bailed out of her. All parts are professionally done, especially Bernard Miles' and Godfrey Tearle's, and special mention must go to Googie Withers who labored in movies all those years with a funny name. It is she who takes acting honors in this one as the 'contact' posing as a Nazi sympathizer.

The World War II conflict in the European theater has provided an endless supply of thrilling and exciting movies with the Nazis as the natural 'bad guys', and here is another. Although they were not all as dim-witted as portrayed in movies, it is always fun to watch them come out on the short end. This film is well worth your time whether you are a war movie buff or not.


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