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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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1942s first blast of screen dynamite See more »

Genres:

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 first movie to carry the joint credit "Written, Produced, and Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger" which would be used on fourteen theatrical movies over the next fourteen years. 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: Now look here, what are we going to do about our clothes?
Frank Shelley - Observer: Yes, we've got to get into civvies somehow.
John Glyn Haggard - Pilot in B for Bertie: Well, what's George doing?
Sir George Corbett, Rear Gunner in B for Bertie: [Taking off his clothes] I'm swimming.
John Glyn Haggard - Pilot in B for Bertie: Where?
Sir George Corbett, Rear Gunner in B for Bertie: In a canal.
John Glyn Haggard - Pilot in B for Bertie: Well, how do you know there is one?
Sir George Corbett, Rear Gunner in B for Bertie: There's always a canal in Holland. The next best thing to having civilian clothes is to have none. I'm going to be a swimming instructionist and spy off the land.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in A Profile of 'The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp' (2000) 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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A must-see movie for any World War II buff.
23 May 2001 | by tommythekSee all my reviews

More than half a century after the happening, for anyone who still can't get enough of World War II, this is a movie not to be missed.

It tells the story of what happens to an RAF crew on a bombing mission over Europe. That story is told with skill and even though the movie was made clear back in 1942, its technical aspects still hold up beyond the millennium (something which cannot be said for many World War II movies that were made during, and even after, the happening). All credit for this movie belongs to the brilliant British (well, one Brit and one Hungarian by birth) writing- producing-directing team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Two other movies in this genre that immediately come to mind and which likewise should not be missed by any World War II "junkie," are: "Command Decision" (1948) and "Twelve O'Clock High" (1949). The only difference(s) between these latter two and the one being reviewed are that the latter two are American movies (set in England) while "Aircraft" is a British effort (set in England and, well, Europe). Also, unlike "Aircraft," which was made during the height of the war, these latter two were made a few years following the war's conclusion.

Other than those quite minor differences, all three of these movies belong atop any World War IIite's must-see list.


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