This series chronicled the adventures, in the air and on the ground, of the men of the 918th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Eighth Air Force. First commanded by irascible General Frank ... See full summary »
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In this story of the early days of daylight bombing raids over Nazi Germany, General Frank Savage must take command of a "hard luck" bomber group. Much of the story deals with his struggle to whip his group into a disciplined fighting unit in spite of heavy losses, and withering attacks by German fighters over their targets. Actual combat footage is used in this tense war drama.Written by
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Many of the detailed accounts in the movie are true, and based on the experiences of veterans Bartlett and Lay. The scene where the 918th ignores the radio recall and presses on to bomb the target is true. The 94th BG, based at Bury St. Edmunds, ignored a recall order on their way to Brunswick, Germany, and pressed on to the target alone, their accompanying groups having turned back. The Group commander later said they had fought most of the way to the target, and lost 1/3 of their aircraft at that point. Instead of a reprimand, the 94th Group was given the highest group award, what is now known as the Presidential Unit Citation. The account where the pilot fought the wounded co-pilot's thrashing for hours was also true, and the pilot was awarded a Medal of Honor for saving his crew. See more »
During the first attack on the ball bearing plant, when the bombs are released, you see two groups of bombs on the racks, one in front of the other. The B-17 carried all its bombs in one vertical stack. The American bomber in use at the time that would have had forward and aft stacks would be the B-24. The bomb bay doors on the B-24 roll up like garage doors, but you clearly see the doors hinged back, and the bombs have a round support around the fin. The American bombs of this time had a square support to the fins. The bomb release is shown from what appears to be an Avro Lancaster, a British bomber. See more »
There's little I can add to all the accolades for this outstanding & absorbing drama - excellent,dignified and credible for its time. Peck's finest hour and an Oscar to Dean Jagger. I should also demand a standing applause for the guy at the helm, Henry King for many a production can fly or crash where a director cannot get the best from his cast. I agree absolutely about the beautifully constrained and moving opening and close. Even more moving is Alfred Newman's beautiful theme music so carefully used and as memorable as that for the likes of "Shane" "Treasure of Sierra Madre" "Johnny Belinda" or "NorthWest Passage".
But - the most obvious & serious flaw for me was the inclusion of a supposed daytime broadcast by "Lord Haw-Haw". As another reviewer has mentioned this would never have happened since,for one thing, the man broadcast from Hamburg only at night,around 9pm. In those days reception from Europe was only barely audible after dark! For another, his name was William Joyce and he would never have identified himself by the derisory tag placed upon him by a scornful British public. One would have thought that Zanuck so methodical in his facts for The Longest Day would have spotted this research slip! Suffice,however,to say that from the moment the credits appeared until Dean Jagger climbs back on his 1930 bike my eyes never left the screen in the cinema when I first saw it,for the entire 130mins.
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