Squadron Leader Quint Munroe, an RAF pilot in World War II, has a hard time dealing with the presumed death in action of fellow Sq. Leader David 'Scotty' Scott, whose family practically raised him when he was orphaned, so they were like brothers. RAF Air Commodore Hufford has a crucial task for Quint, who is no longer serving in the squadron: a reconnaissance flight over the château de Charlon, a castle in occupied France, where the Nazis are probably developing a new generation of flying bombs; the defenses are indeed suspiciously tight. When analyzed, the photos show the castle grounds harbor an underground launching tunnel, and Quint gets a nearly impossible precision top-secret mission: select and train a team in only 10 days, when the French underground believes the first launch is planned, to 'aim' a new type of bouncing bomb into the tunnel, to blow up the whole Luftwaffe installation. Quint falls in love with Scotty's young widow Beth Scott, whose crippled brother, Flight ...
To save England, he must sacrifice everything he loves.
Did You Know?
The whole pre-credits sequence in its entirety was taken from the studio's previous picture, Operation Crossbow
(1965). This movie would also utilize footage from the studio's earlier 633 Squadron
(1964), most noticably the shot of Munroe rolling on the ground to extinguish the flames on the back of his flying jacket, after rerturning from the recon mission. See more
In the scene at the end of the movie when the German tank attacks the escaping British prisoners, it has a large swastika in between the drivers port and the hull machine gun. German panzers did not have large swastikas on the front. See more
[Douglas insists that Quint tell Beth that Scotty is still alive
You want me to tell her he's in Charlon? My next mission is to bomb Charlon!
Edited from Operation Crossbow