THE WAY TO THE STARS
Starring: MIchael Redgrave and John Mills

Set during 1940 during the Battle of Britain, a recently qualified RAF pilot Peter Penrose (John Mills) joins a squadron based in the Midlands. He quickly befriends Flight Lieutenant David Archdale (Michael Redgrave) who is later made acting C.O. after the death of the Commanding Officer. In 1942 the aerodrome is handed over to the American 8th Air Force although the British flyers leave the base, after being removed from active service due to the strain Peter remains there as controller, before being posted to Lancasters.

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A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
Starring: David Niven

David Niven stars as a downed pilot who must justify his continuing existence to a heavenly panel of judges, because he has made the mistake of falling in love with an American girl (Kim Hunter) when he really should have been dead. National stereotypes are lampooned as the angelic judges squabble over his fate. In a neat reversal of expectations, the Heaven sequences are black and white, while Earth is seen in techni-colour.

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ANGELS ONE FIVE
Starring: Jack Hawkins and John Gregson

A film set during the Battle of Britain focusing on a VR pilot "Septic" Baird (John Gregson) who joins a squadron bringing in a much needed replacement aircraft which he, through no fault of his own, prangs! Although vindicated by his fellow pilots he has to spend time in the Operations Room and prove himself to his superiors, helped by Wing Commander "Tiger" Small (Jack Hawkins).

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THE SOUND BARRIER
Starring: Ralph Richardson

The true story of the Jet planes early days and the commited men who risked all to push the limits of the Sound Barrier. Ralph Richardson depicts an aircraft manufacturer driven to design and manufacture the first supersonic aeroplane ... at whatever the cost.

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MOSQUITO SQUADRON
Starring: David McCallum

David McCallum plays a melancholy RAF ace, leading his squadron of De Havilland "Mosquito" bombers on low-altitude strikes over Nazi strongholds in Germany and France. His ground-based dilemma involves the grieving wife of his best friend, a fellow pilot presumed dead but later discovered alive with other POWs held at a French chalet where the Nazis are developing advanced V-class bombers. The RAF employs bouncing "highballs" capable of penetrating difficult targets, and the rousing climax doubles as a rescue mission and treacherous bombing run.

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DARK BLUE WORLD
Starring: Ondre J Vetchy and Krystof Hadek

Dark Blue World focuses on the relationship between Frantisek Slama (played with quiet authority by Ondrej Vetchy) and his protégé Karel Vojtisek (a fresh-faced Krystof Hadek). Escaping Czechoslovakia during the Nazi invasion of 1939, they enlist in the RAF, where the father/son relationship is threatened by their mutual attraction to the apparently widowed Susan (Tara Fitzgerald, thoughtfully understated). The film's culmination sees them reconciled in moving circumstances.

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TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH
Starring: Gregory Peck

Twelve O'Clock High stars Gregory Peck as a callous general who assumes command of a bomber squadron based in England. At first, the new commander has little rapport with the 918th Bomber Group, whose loyalties still belong with their previous commander. As they continue to fly dangerous mission over Germany, however, the group and their new leader develop mutual respect and admiration, until the once-alienated commander feels that his men are part of a family .... men whose bravery transcends the rigours of rigid discipline and by-the-book leadership

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THE DAM BUSTERS
Starring: Richard Todd and Michael Redgrave

A bombing raid is proposed on a strategically vital Ruhr dam, but its position is inaccessible. The problem is solved by inventor Dr Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) who comes up with a genius idea of a bomb that will bounce on water like a skimmed pebble. Naturally the top brass pooh-pooh it, but gallant Wing Commander Guy Gibson (Richard Todd) is persuaded and between them flyer and boffin forge ahead to the conclusion of a successful yet costly mission.

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TORA! TORA! TORA!
Starring: Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotton and Soh Yamamura

This epic film shows the bombing of Pearl Harbour from both sides in the historic first American-Japanese coproduction. The first half maps out the collapse of diplomacy between the nations and the military blunders that left naval and air forces sitting ducks for the impending attack, while the second half is an amazing re-creation of the devastating battle.

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