Major Chick Davis proves to the U.S. Army the superiority of high altitude precision bombing, and establishes a school for bombardiers. Training is followed in semi-documentary style, with personal dramas in subplots. The climax is a spectacular, if somewhat jingoistic, battle sequence. Written by
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See the bombing of Tokyo before your very eyes!
Did You Know?
This film represents one of four movies made by Hollywood during the 1940s that were about or related to the US military's Dolittle Raid on Tokyo, Japan, during World War II. The four (the first three considered "fictionalized") are Destination Tokyo
(1943); The Purple Heart
(1944); this film; and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
(1944), the last being the most accurate and least fictionalized of the four. See more
When Major Oliver's airplane is shot up over Japan and he orders everyone to abandon ship, his bombardier, Joe Collins (Robert Ryan) takes out a Colt M1911 pistol and shoots the bombsight. The airplane is hit and he is thrown to one side. He straightens up and proceeds to shoot the bombsight again, only he is now holding a revolver. See more
You're quite an entomologist.
Sgt. Archie Dixon
Nope! But I know all about bugs.
Brigadier General Eugene L. Eubank is billed first because he is credited in the forward before any cast is mentioned, and he is not listed in the comprehensive end credits. See more
References Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Song of the Bombardiers
(1942) (published title)
On-screen title: "Song of the U. S. Bombardiers"
Music by M.K. Jerome
(as M. K. Jerome)
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played during the opening and closing credits and often in the score
Sung by the audience at the magic show See more