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Mosquito Squadron (1969)

G | | War, Drama | 17 January 1970 (UK)
In WW2, a RAF squadron leader mourns the death of a comrade and receives a bombing mission against a secret Nazi V-2 rocket testing facility in France.

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Boris Sagal
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David McCallum ... Quint Munroe
Suzanne Neve ... Beth Scott
Charles Gray ... Air Commodore Hufford
David Buck David Buck ... Sqn. Ldr. David 'Scotty' Scott
David Dundas David Dundas ... Flt. Lieut. Douglas Shelton
Dinsdale Landen ... Wing Commander Clyde Penrose
Nicky Henson ... Flt. Sgt. Wiley Bunce
Bryan Marshall Bryan Marshall ... Sqn. Ldr. Neale
Michael Anthony ... Father Bellague
Peggy Thorpe-Bates Peggy Thorpe-Bates ... Mrs. Scott
Peter Copley ... Mr. Scott
Vladek Sheybal ... Lieutenant Schack
Michael McGovern Michael McGovern ... Flt. Lieutenant Bannister
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Storyline

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 ... Written by KGF Vissers

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To save England, he must sacrifice everything he loves.

Genres:

War | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

17 January 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Esquadrão Mosquito See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Oakmont Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The Bouncing Bomb used in the film was a real weapon. Known as Highball (a smaller version of the Dambusting Upkeep bomb), it was originally designed by Dr. Barnes Wallis to be utilized against battleships, such as the Tirpitz. The Highball bomb weighed 1,280lb (580kg), carried 600lb (272kg) of explosive, and was small enough to be carried in tandem by a Mosquito fighter-bomber. Prior to release the bomb was imparted with a backward spin of 700-900 revolutions per minute, and dropped at high speed (360 mph (580km/h)) and low altitude (60 ft (18.2m)). See more »

Goofs

The crashed mosquito plane propellers are not bent after the plane is belly landed. In actuality they would all be bent over at 90 degrees towards the wing. See more »

Quotes

Munroe: [Kemble has asked for a second run over the chateau] How close do you want to go this time?
Major Kemble: Knock their bloody heads off!
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Edited from 633 Squadron (1964) See more »

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De havilland Mosquito
1 August 1999 | by Will-30See all my reviews

As an enthusiast of this aircraft, I derive great joy from this film and have done since I was about 7 years old. It nurtured me enough to join the Mosquito Aircraft Assoc. of Australia. It might not be the best film ever made but as a young lad, I was inspired. That is a lot more than can be said for most films period.


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