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The crew of an Air Force bomber arrives in Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack and is sent on to Manila to help with the defense of the Philippines.
Aerial scenes were filmed in Texas and Florida because airplanes appearing to be Japanese were not allowed on the west coast due to a fear of Japanese invasion.
Sgt. Joe Winocki:
Damn 'em!, Damn 'em!
Sgt. Robbie White: Aren't ya glad now that you're gettin' out of the Army?
At the end of the movie B-17 pilots are shown preparing to attack Japan, which is 862 miles away, according to a sign. Except for Doolittle's Raid in 1942 with two-engined North American B-25 "Mitchels" off a Navy carrier, the only bombers that attacked Japan were Boeing B-29 "Superfortresses," in 1944 and 1945, and Consolidated B-24 "Liberators" and Consolidated B-32 "Dominators" that bombed in 1945. The B-29s and B-32s flew from Saipan and Tinian, which were over 1,000 miles from mainland Japan. The B-24s flew from Okinawa, which were much closer. Americans never had airfields close enough from which B-17s could reach Japan.
Opening credits prologue: FOREWARD "It is for us the living .... to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced ..... It is ......for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us ..... that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Abraham Lincoln
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