On December 6, 1941 nine B-17 bomber set off on a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii. One of the bombers, the Mary Ann, is commanded by 'Irish' Quincannon. The bombardier, Tommy McMartin, has a sister living in Hawaii and the co-pilot, Bill Williams, is sweet on her. The men are all highly professional with the exception of aerial gunner Joe Winocki, a bitter man who has every intention of leaving the army air corps. They arrive at Hickam Field on the morning of December 7, just as the Japanese are attacking Pearl Harbor and other military facilities. All of the men prepare to face the enemy, including Winocki whose attitude changes quickly. The bomber and its crew will participate in many missions but not all will survive.
GIANTS OF THE SKY...blazing a trail to victory!
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Actual newsreel footage was expertly inserted into the film, including scenes from the Battle of the Coral Sea. See more
During the flight to Hickam Field, the Navigator's Log Position fixes show they are flying SW towards Hawaii, but by 0200 they change course and continue SE. The last navigational fix (converted into decimal) is N15.17 deg., W128.0 deg. at 7am, which is about 1720 nautical miles ESE from Hickam. However the compass headings (all around 232 deg.) is consistent with a flight towards Hickam. See more
Pilot Irish Quincannon
Pilot to crew: take a good look at Pearl Harbor. Maybe it's something you'll want to remember.
Opening credits prologue: FOREWARD "It is for us the living .... to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced ..... It is ......for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us ..... that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Abraham Lincoln See more
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Written by Daniel Butterfield
In the score when a death is reported See more