PG | | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A WWII pilot, bombardier, and radioman find themselves adrift on a lifeboat without food or water after being forced to ditch their plane during a scouting mission.
The three main actors were put on a strict diet of 500 calories a day while filming to accurately portray how emaciated the downed pilots became during their ordeal.
Chief, this is Aldrich. I'm losing her on the ARA.
Tony Pastula: Come on, where are you goin'?
Gene Aldrich: Chief, I've lost the beacon. Over. Are we close Chief?
Tony Pastula: I'll give him a tap, maybe his com is down.
After the crew has been drifting for several weeks, CPO Dixon (the pilot) admits that he had fallen asleep while he and his crew were trying to locate their carrier, and that this was the reason they got lost and had to ditch. He says the reason for his dozing off was that that cockpit was too hot. Left unexplained is why he didn't simply slide his canopy open to let the heat out and let cool air in.