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 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
When Squadron Leader Munroe is driving along in the open top car, his lady passenger's locks of hair are perfectly still and not blowing around as would normally be the case in a speeding open saloon car. This scene is quite obviously shot inside the studio with a filmed background added. Usually a "wind" machine is used for the desired effect. Only very briefly when the couple are seen at a distance actually driving outside does the flowing hair appear normally. See more
[Watching Quint come back from talking to Beth
Do you thing I should go to her?
Flt. Lieut. Douglas Shelton
No, I don't think you should go to her! Just let her cry!
Edited from 633 Squadron