Major Chick Davis proves to the U.S. Army the superiority of high altitude precision bombing, and establishes a school for bombardiers. Training is followed in semi-documentary style, with personal dramas in subplots. The climax is a spectacular, if somewhat jingoistic, battle sequence.
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plays a character named "Chito Rafferty". He appeared as Tim Holt
's sidekick, Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustemonte Rafferty, in Holt's RKO series of "B" westerns in the 1940s and 1950s. See more
Near the end of the movie Capt. Buck Scott's (Randolph Scott) plane is shot down. As the plane is going down, the bombardier, Joe Connors (Robert Ryan), must destroy the bomb sight. In one scene, he pulls a .45 semi-auto (M1911), cocks it, and fires one shot. In a subsequent scene, he fires multiple shots but he is now shown firing a revolver. This most likely is because blanks fired from a semi-automatic generally do not have enough energy to "cycle" the weapon in order to chamber another round (thus, one shot and done). A revolver firing blanks has no such limitation.The raid over Tokyo did not use the Norden bomb sight a simple directional linear sight was used. The high risk mission meant some airships would be shot down or captured in China resulting in the fear the Norden sight being captured. See more
Maj. Chick Davis
The three greatest things in a bombadier's existence are: 'Hit the target', 'Hit the target', and 'Hit the target'.
Brigadier General Eugene L. Eubank is billed first because he is credited in the forward before any cast is mentioned, and he is not listed in the comprehensive end credits. See more
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References The Wizard of Oz
Song of the Bombardiers
(1942) (published title)
On-screen title: "Song of the U. S. Bombardiers"
Music by M.K. Jerome
(as M. K. Jerome)
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played during the opening and closing credits and often in the score
Sung by the audience at the magic show See more