Desperate Journey

Synopsis: When Flight Lt Forbes and his crew are shot down after bombing their target, they discover valuable information, about a hidden German aircraft factory, that must get back to England. In their way across Germany, they try and cause as much damage as possible. Then with the chasing Germans about to pounce, they come up with an ingenious plan to escape.
Director(s): Raoul Walsh
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
 
IMDB:
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Year:
1942
107 min
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Halt! Halt!

Two-eight-two squadron.

Two- eight-two squadron.

Crew of D for Danny.

Report to operations room.

That's us, Canada.

Two- eight-two squadron.

Crew of D for Danny.

Report to operations room.

Yeah, yeah. Be right with you.

Seven, so I win again.

Is it a rule of the game

that you Yankees always win?

We win at this,

you pick up marbles at cricket.

But we don't use marbles for cricket.

- Terry. Terry.

Yeah?

CO wants us in ops.

- Okay.

Did my transfer to Interceptor Command

come through yet?

You're going to be sent back

to Australia to that new intelligence outfit.

- Huh?

- He is?

Yeah, going to search kangaroo's pouches

for fifth columnists.

Very funny. Very funny.

They're keeping you Australians

in the bombers.

Keeping in the Australians

in the bombers?

Well, if that isn't typical

brass hat idiocy.

The Australians are fighting men.

We're not truck drivers.

Oh. Very well, Mr. Bones. Why are they

keeping the Australians in the bombers?

They have sensible men

to keep them from running amuck.

I see.

And he sang as he sat

And waited while his billy boiled

- Are you still eating breakfast?

- No, sir. Lunch.

Learned during the last war,

never miss the meal in front of you.

Crew of D, reporting.

Flight Sergeant Connors is on leave.

- All others, present.

- Yes, I know that, Lane-Ferris.

We detailed Hollis to take his place.

Squadron Leader Lane-Ferris

is captain of your aircraft.

- You will report to him for orders.

- Sir.

Glad to have you.

Take the wireless operator's position.

- Very good.

- Get your crew seated, please.

Sir. Carry on, men.

Are you the son of Lloyd Hollis

who got 43 Jerries during the last war?

- Yes.

- Didn't take you long to get in this.

Wouldn't that be expected

of an ace's son?

I saw your dad get two of them.

In a trench near Bar-le-duc.

He was above...

Stop talking and pay attention, please.

All right. Sit down.

Squadron Leader Clark from Group

Headquarters has something to tell you.

- Will you carry on, please?

- Very good, sir.

A few hours ago, we received a report...

...that the rail intersection

east of Schneidemuhl...

...was dynamited last night

by Polish saboteurs.

This is the switch point.

All these lines carry

abnormally heavy traffic.

And a sizable blockade of munition trains

has undoubtedly occurred.

The Nazis are sure to reopen

the right of way within the next 12 hours.

But if we can put one stick of bombs

there before dawn...

...we will have done more to advance the

cause than ten raids on as many factories.

That's your job, gentlemen.

The enemy is sure to have a heavy

concentration of anti-aircraft batteries...

...to protect the point.

But if the weather permits...

...you should be able to carry out

your attack from high altitude.

- That's all I have to say, sir.

- Thank you.

May I have

the large-scale map, please?

Thank you.

Now, here is Schneidemuhl.

Quite a bit beyond

our normal bombing territory.

Actually on the edge

of the old Polish border.

Now, you make your approach

along this line...

...crossing Denmark,

coming over the Baltic...

...swinging inland

over Pommersche Bay.

From there, you shouldn't have difficulty

in reaching your objective.

- Terry?

- Yup.

I want you to help me

with a star sight this trip.

Sure. I'll get you a nice, new shiny one

every ten minutes.

Every half hour will be enough.

That's if you can keep serious that long.

This is important.

Johnny, old Canada

is going serious on us again.

Throw him a leadful of decimal points.

He'll be happy.

Here's the result

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Arthur T. Horman

Arthur T. Horman (September 2, 1905 – November 2, 1964) was an American screenwriter whose career spanned from the 1930s to the end of the 1950s. During that time he wrote the stories or screenplays for over 60 films, as well as writing several pieces for television during the 1950s. more…

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