Trying to find his way home after a dogfight in World War I, Royal Flying Corps Flt. Lt. William Terrance Decker lands at a U.S. Air Force base 42 years into the future. No one believes him when he claims to be from 1917, thinking someone is trying to put one over on them. Decker himself admits that before suddenly leaping into the future he was actually flying away from an serial encounter and leaving his friend in a lurch. He also realizes that he may have an opportunity to rectify that situation.Written by
Filmed at Norton AFB, San Bernardino, California--playing the roll of Lafayette Air Base, Reims, France. There was a Reims Air Base in France in 1959 (the year this episode was set), now known as Aerodrome de Reims-Champagne. Norton AFB was decommissioned and closed in 1994. The site is now San Bernardino International Airport. See more »
When Decker first exits the aircraft, there is a jeep immediately behind it, a service truck behind the jeep, and a USAF F-100 Super Sabre jet in the background. However, when Maj Wilson escorts him away from the plane, the service truck is gone and the F-100 has been replaced with a large transport aircraft. See more »
Rod Serling - Narrator:
Witness Flight Lieutenant William Terrance Decker, Royal Flying Corps, returning from a patrol somewhere over France. The year is 1917. The problem is that the Lieutenant is hopelessly lost. Lieutenant Decker will soon discover that a man can be lost not only in terms of maps and miles, but also in time - and time in this case can be measured in eternities.
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A lesser known episode, surprisingly engrossing, that is generally overlooked among the many fabulous productions of the first series. There is little in the way of scene changes, but this drama really works. The character of the time traveling WW1 pilot Decker (Kenneth Haigh) is believable. His dialogue is natural and plausible for a British man from 1917. The extent of Decker's dialogue about bravery, and his lack of it, is interesting. The story he gives to the American Air Force changes somewhat to the point where he announces his cowardice. Great stuff.
Kenneth Haigh was the original Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger at the Royal Court,London and on Broadway that same year.
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