The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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King Nine Will Not Return 

A pilot of a downed WW II bomber comes to in the African desert and desperately tries to find out what happened to the rest of his crew.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Capt. James Embry (as Bob Cummings)
... Psychiatrist
... Doctor
Jenna McMahon ... Nurse


A USAF bomber pilot awakens in the desert, lying next to his downed B25 Mitchell. Capt. James Embry commanded the aircraft but has no memory of how he got there. More importantly to him, his crew is nowhere to be found. At one point, he even begins to wonder if he is hallucinating, especially after he sees one of his men momentarily sitting in the cockpit. When he awakens in a hospital bed he thinks it was all a dream but then wonders: did he really go back to the desert. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

30 September 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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'King Nine' the plane featured here is a B-25 'Mitchell' a 2 Engine WWII era Medium Bomber. Up to this time, the only US Bomber named for a Person, Maj. General William 'Billy' Mitchell. See more »


When the Captain names the crew and their assigned tasks, he does not mention a bombardier, a vital crew member on a medium bomber. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead, and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning, she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in the wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day, or any other day.
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Referenced in Sole Survivor (1970) See more »

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The name of Bob Cummings' character may be an in-joke.
13 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Dear All,

"King Nine Will Not Return" is one of the very best episodes of "The Twilight Zone." The lead is "Captain James Embry," played by Bob Cummings. Captain Embry is a U.S.A.A.F. aircraft commander who wakes up in his B-25, "King Nine," which has crashed somewhere in a desert. He cannot remember how he came to be there; neither, despite searching for them frantically, can he find his crew.

When this episode was filmed, one of the best flight academies in the country was the "Embry-Riddle School of Aviation."

For its commander, King Nine's post-crash status is certainly an "Embry riddle"!


Gordon F. Corbett

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