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The Thousand Plane Raid (1969)

G | | Adventure, War | July 1969 (USA)
A U.S. Air Force colonel convinces the Allies during World War II that a daylight bombing raid of Germany will bring a quick end to the war.


Boris Sagal


Donald S. Sanford (screenplay), Robert Vincent Wright (story)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher George ... Col. Greg Brandon
Laraine Stephens ... WAC Lt. Gabrielle Ames
J.D. Cannon ... Gen. Cotten Palmer
Gary Marshal ... Wing Cmdr. Taffy Howard
Michael Evans ... Group Commander Leslie Hardwicke
Gavin MacLeod ... Sgt. Kruger
Noam Pitlik Noam Pitlik ... Lt. Jacoby
Ben Murphy ... Lt. Archer
Bo Hopkins ... Capt. Douglass
Tim McIntire ... Lt. Quimby
Barry Atwater ... Gen. Conway
Scott Thomas Scott Thomas ... Lt. Richman
John Carter ... Middleton
James Gammon ... Maj. Varga
Charles Dierkop ... Railla


A U.S. Air Force colonel convinces the Allies during World War II that a daylight bombing raid of Germany will bring a quick end to the war.

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This was the day the Allies turned the blitz on Hitler See more »


Adventure | War


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Release Date:

July 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 1,000 Plane Raid See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Oakmont Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The code letters "DF A" seen on an aircraft in this film (e.g., 54:58) are the identification codes for the famous Memphis Belle, the subject of a widely acclaimed William Wyler film. Memphis Belle flew with the 91st Bomb Group. The makers of this film did a good job of copying the style of the letters, which was a nonstandard style. See more »


Chris George did not dump his B-17's bombs and fuel before crash landing, which was standard operating procedure. It's very unlikely that anyone would survive a crash landing in a fully loaded B-17. See more »

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" If it' s a completely insane idea, it will get approved "
18 September 2011 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

World War Two had many facets which claim to have been the pivotal point of the conflict. Regardless, it took the whole industry of several countries to group themselves into the Allied cause, which eventually destroyed the Nazi dream of world dominance. This is one of the key elements which was essential towards that goal. The film is called " The Thousand Plane Raid " which was directed by Boris Sagal and penned by novelist Ralph Barker. It purports to tell the story of Col. Greg Brandon (Christopher George) who proposed to group together a thousand allied B-17 Bombers to destroy a specific target producing German fighter planes. He finds that he is troubled by both the British high command as well as his own men. In addition, those closest to him realize that he is obsessed with his idea and is losing touch with everyone. A good movie, though a bit melodramatic. Nevertheless, a solid action oriented story. A fine cast which includes J.D. Cannon, Gary Marshal, Michael Evans, Gavin MacLeod and Bo Hopkins as Capt. Douglass. Recommended to War buffs. ****

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