On December 6, 1941 nine B-17 bomber set off on a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii. One of the bombers, the Mary Ann, is commanded by 'Irish' Quincannon. The bombardier, Tommy McMartin, has a sister living in Hawaii and the co-pilot, Bill Williams, is sweet on her. The men are all highly professional with the exception of aerial gunner Joe Winocki, a bitter man who has every intention of leaving the army air corps. They arrive at Hickam Field on the morning of December 7, just as the Japanese are attacking Pearl Harbor and other military facilities. All of the men prepare to face the enemy, including Winocki whose attitude changes quickly. The bomber and its crew will participate in many missions but not all will survive.
GIANTS OF THE SKY...blazing a trail to victory!
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Did You Know?
These B-17Bs had the old-style tail section; later modifications beefed up the section that corrected its structural deficiencies.. See more
During the attack on the Japanese warships, a civilian cabin cruiser can be seen in the background between two of the miniature ships, pulling a smoke generator. This happens near the end of the scene, shortly after the ship captain in the white uniform is killed. See more
Assistant Crew Chief Weinberg
Funny thing, I never thought there was nothin' west of Manhattan except Jersey.
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 See more
Battle Hymn of the Republic
(circa 1856) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
Played during the foreword quotng Abraham Lincoln See more