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
William Terrance Decker is a Second Lieutenant (identifies himself as Second Leftenant, and is shown as Lieutenant on his papers, all three are acceptable). He is from the 56th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. Also according to his papers, he is 5'11" 165 pounds, and has brown hair.
Major General George Harper, USAF (O-8)
Major Wilson, USAF (O-4)
Air Vice Marshall Alexander Mackaye, RAF (OF-7, equivalent to US O-8)
Maj Gen Harper's Admin Assitant is a Technical Sergeant (E-6, five chevrons), however his character name is listed as "Corporal."
The Ground Crewman is also an E-6 Technical Sergeant.
Both the Driver and the Guard are Airman First Class (E-4, now called Senior Airman, three chevrons)
The blonde airman (not credited, nor listed in IMDB) who salutes Maj Wilson as Wilson and Decker move from the jeep to Maj Gen Harper's office has no rank insignia on her left sleeve and thus should be an Airman Basic (E-1). Up until February 5, 1959 (or a month before the date of the events) and E-1 was called Basic Airman.
When Lt Decker is escaping, he runs out of the building - there is a WAF standing on the sidewalk. She has one stripe on her sleeve, which is an Airman Third Class (E-2), now just called Airman.
Yet another problem with setting the date in March 1917 as the departure date for the British flier that when he's told they are at an American base, and he sees the 1959 aircraft for the first time, all he says is "We had no idea you were so advanced!". But as we didn't even declare war against Germany until April, 1917, the flier would be first be asking what in the world Yanks would be doing in France with any kind of base or planes. 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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This is wonderful television. Sometimes Serling got a little maudlin. In this, he cooks up a situation, puts his characters into play, and treats them with respect. We have the RAF with its codes of honor, its fighting spirit, suddenly thrust into the future. One can't help but say, "This is the way a British officer would act under these circumstances." Once he comes to realize that there is little hope for him in this world, he fights to return. There are elements of time travel that are tricky, but this episode deals with the real humanity of the characters. The modern brain trust is pretty much as we would imagine. They don't know what to do with this guy and they feel for him. It's a really good story.
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