Review: ‘One of Our Aircraft Is Missing’

Aircraft is a full-length feature dealing with the flight of a crew of bombers which start from England to raid Stuttgart. The squadron all returns safely, except one which hits an obstruction and is entirely demolished. Then follows the story of what happened to the airmen.

Aircraft is a full-length feature dealing with the flight of a crew of bombers which start from England to raid Stuttgart. The squadron all returns safely, except one which hits an obstruction and is entirely demolished. Then follows the story of what happened to the airmen.

The aforesaid bomber is returning from its raid on Stuttgart when it is hit and the crew tries to limp home. But over Holland they’re compelled to bale out, landing in Dutch (occupied) territory, where the people protect them and give them disguises.

The six members of the Wellington are played by Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams, Bernard Miles, Hugh Burden and Emrys Jones. A lot of Dutch people are recruited as natives of Holland, all of them excellent, not to mention Hay Petrie as the burgomaster. With the exception of Pamela Brown, all arrive solidly. Script, production, direction and photography are splendid.

1942: Nominations: Best Original Screenplay, Special Effects

One of Our Aircraft Is Missing

UK

Production

British National. Director Michael Powell; Producer John Corfield, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger; Screenplay Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell; Camera Ronald Neame; Editor David Lean; Art Director David Rawnsley

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1942. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Godfrey Tearle Eric Portman Hugh Williams Bernard Miles Pamela Brown Hay Petrie
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