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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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1942s first blast of screen dynamite 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

When they are escaping with the help of Jo de Vries, she tells them to look out for a boat with 2 white diamonds on the starboard side, but when seen they are on the port side. If the diamonds are on both sides why did Jo mention the starboard side? See more »

Quotes

Tom Earnshaw, Copilot in B for Bertie: Now look here, what are we going to do about our clothes?
Frank Shelley - Observer: Yes, we've got to get into civvies somehow.
John Glyn Haggard - Pilot in B for Bertie: Well, what's George doing?
Sir George Corbett, Rear Gunner in B for Bertie: [Taking off his clothes] I'm swimming.
John Glyn Haggard - Pilot in B for Bertie: Where?
Sir George Corbett, Rear Gunner in B for Bertie: In a canal.
John Glyn Haggard - Pilot in B for Bertie: Well, how do you know there is one?
Sir George Corbett, Rear Gunner in B for Bertie: There's always a canal in Holland. The next best thing to having civilian clothes is to have none. I'm going to be a swimming instructionist and spy off the land.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Super Chicken: One of Our States Is Missing (1967) 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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involving war drama from 'The Archers'
7 April 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

"...one of our aircraft is missing ..." is a well-cast and well-written piece from Powell and Pressburger, key film makers in 1940s Britain.

The crew of B for Bertie find themselves lost in enemy territory and have to depend on the resources of others to get them to safety. The crew are played by some of the best actors of the time: Godfrey Tearle as the upper-class rear gunner; Eric Portman as the bluff Yorkshire co-pilot; Hugh Williams (father of 1970s actor Simon) as the refined navigator; Bernard Miles - better than usual - as the front gunner; High Burden as the pilot; and Emrys Jones as the Welsh sportsman who became the radio operator.

In support are Googie Withers, P&P regular Pamela Brown, Joyce Redman, Robert Helpmann (as the quisling), Alec Clunes (father of Martin) as the church organist, and Peter Ustinov (in his film debut) as the priest.

This film has been done as a drama-documentary so has a very realistic feel and look, pulling the viewer right into the action alongside the aircraft crew. It is less atmospheric than the 30s P&P films featuring Conrad Veidt and perhaps represented a more grounded style to their work before their Technicolor fantasies of the late 40s.


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