Bombardier (film)

1943 film by Richard Wallace and Lambert Hillyer / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Bombardier is a 1943 film war drama about the training program for bombardiers of the United States Army Air Forces. The film stars Pat O'Brien and Randolph Scott. Bombardier was nominated for an Oscar in 1944 for the special effects used in the film. It was largely filmed at Kirtland Army Air Field, New Mexico, site of the first bombardier training school.[2]

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byRichard Wallace
Written by
Produced byRobert Fellows
CinematographyNicholas Musuraca
Edited byRobert Wise
Music byRoy Webb
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • May 14, 1943 (1943-05-14)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2 million (US rentals)[1]

The film follows the training of six bombardier candidates, seen through the differences between the two USAAF pilots in charge of their training over the efficacy of precision bombing.

Brigadier General Eugene L. Eubank, commander of the first heavy bombardment group of the U.S. Army Air Forces to see combat in World War II, introduces the film with the statement:

I want you to know about a new kind of American soldier, the most important of all our fighting men today. He is most important because upon him, finally, depends the success of any mission in which he participates. The greatest bombing plane in the world, with its combat crew, takes him into battle, through weather, through enemy opposition, just so he may have 30 seconds over the target. In those 30 seconds, he must vindicate the greatest responsibility ever placed upon an individual soldier in line of duty. I want you to know about him, and about those who had the faith and vision and foresight to bring him into being, to fit him for his task, long months before our war began.

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