TV Series | | Drama, War
This series chronicled the adventures, in the air and on the ground, of the men of the 918th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Eighth Air Force. First commanded by irascible General Frank ... See full summary »
The meaning of this series' title "12 O'Clock High" is that of an example of a pilot's enemy position call. Allied pilots during World War II would vocally call-out the positions of enemy airplanes by referring to their bearings via the use of a pretend face of a clock. As such, in this case, "12 o'clock" meant the enemy was directly ahead, whereas "6 o'clock" would mean directly behind. "High" or "low" referred to whether the enemy was above or below the airplane respectively. "Even" meant that the enemy was level with the pilot's plane.
The B17 Picadilly Lilly is an "F" model, yet throughout the series, combat footage of "G" model B17s are cut into the scenes. The main difference between the models is that the G models feature a "chin" turret under the nose of the plane.
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