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One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 27 June 1942 (UK)
When Nazi anti-aircraft fire damages a British bomber, its crew bails out and seeks help from the Dutch underground.

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Emeric Pressburger (by), Michael Powell (written by: for The Archers) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Godfrey Tearle ... Sir George Corbett - Rear Gunner in B for Bertie
Eric Portman ... Tom Earnshaw - Second Pilot in B for Bertie
Hugh Williams ... Frank Shelley - Observer / Navigator in B for Bertie
Bernard Miles ... Sgt Geoff Hickman - Front Gunner in B for Bertie
Hugh Burden ... John Glyn Haggard - Pilot in B for Bertie
Emrys Jones ... Bob Ashley - Radio Operator in B for Bertie
Pamela Brown ... Els Meertens
Joyce Redman ... Jet van Dieren
Googie Withers ... Jo de Vries
Hay Petrie ... The Burgomaster
Selma Vaz Dias Selma Vaz Dias ... Burgomeister's wife (as Selma Van Dias)
Arnold Marlé Arnold Marlé ... Pieter Sluys
Robert Helpmann ... De Jong
Peter Ustinov ... The Priest
Alec Clunes ... The Organist
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Storyline

During the Allied Bombing offensive of World War II the public was often informed that "A raid took place last night over (city name). One (or often more) of our aircraft Is missing." Behind these sombre words hid tales of death, destruction, and derring-do. This is the story of one such bomber crew who were shot down, and the brave Dutch patriots who helped them home. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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This time WE are the invaders! See more »

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Dutch | German | Latin | French

Release Date:

27 June 1942 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Un de nos avions n'est pas rentré See more »

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Budget:

GBP70,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The extra squadron members were all active members of the Royal Air Force (XVI) squadron. See more »

Goofs

The crew use the word 'railroad' several times. Any British person would use the British term 'railway' not 'railroad'. See more »

Quotes

Tom Earnshaw, Copilot in B for Bertie: We want to get back, raid or no raid. Now look here, Mrs. de Vries, I don't...
Jo de Vries: Are you in command of this party?
Sir George Corbett, Rear Gunner in B for Bertie: No, no, no, he's just a Yorkshireman.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Sunday morning, 04.26, at an operational station somewhere in England See more »

Alternate Versions

Some versions only have the first part of Frank Shelley's impersonation of Sgt. Hopkins when he's told that he won't be flying. Some versions cut Frank saying "You've got to be kidding me". See more »


Soundtracks

Onward Christiam Soldiers
(uncredited)
19th Century British hymn
Words by Sabine Baring-Gould (1865)
Music by Arthur Sullivan (1871)
Whistled by Bernard Cribbens
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involving war drama from 'The Archers'
7 April 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

"...one of our aircraft is missing ..." is a well-cast and well-written piece from Powell and Pressburger, key film makers in 1940s Britain.

The crew of B for Bertie find themselves lost in enemy territory and have to depend on the resources of others to get them to safety. The crew are played by some of the best actors of the time: Godfrey Tearle as the upper-class rear gunner; Eric Portman as the bluff Yorkshire co-pilot; Hugh Williams (father of 1970s actor Simon) as the refined navigator; Bernard Miles - better than usual - as the front gunner; High Burden as the pilot; and Emrys Jones as the Welsh sportsman who became the radio operator.

In support are Googie Withers, P&P regular Pamela Brown, Joyce Redman, Robert Helpmann (as the quisling), Alec Clunes (father of Martin) as the church organist, and Peter Ustinov (in his film debut) as the priest.

This film has been done as a drama-documentary so has a very realistic feel and look, pulling the viewer right into the action alongside the aircraft crew. It is less atmospheric than the 30s P&P films featuring Conrad Veidt and perhaps represented a more grounded style to their work before their Technicolor fantasies of the late 40s.


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