Hanley takes three men into enemy
territory to rescue a U.S. flying ace, Major Caldwell, who has parachuted to safety out of
his plane. The ground-pounders resent the arrogance of the flyer. The Major is ungrateful
and willful, showing little understanding of a war he has seen only from thousands of feet
above the ground.
The most enjoyment I have in this
episode is smiling at Hanley talking about the air corps. Knowing that Rick Jason served
in the air corps in WWII, adds a zip to this dialog, especially as he deals with an
arrogant ace who must be taught the difference between fighting a war in the air and a war
on the ground.
NOTES, ODDITIES, AND BLOOPERS:
· Filmed at Korbel winery.
· Major Caldwell is credited
with 22 kills, but his P-47s get easily jumped by a flight of Stukas.
· Moments after Major
Crandall's plane is shot down, a corporal in a jeep finds Hanley and relays orders to
rescue the flyer. How did they know exactly where Hanley was and how did the word get to
the corporal so quickly?
· The closeup of the dead
German's face during the vineyard firefight shows that his machine gun belts have crimped
· Long motorcycle chase up
Korbel's hills, but no tension or drama in the chase.
Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders [does not appear]
Lee Philips as Major Robert Caldwell
Conlan Carter as Doc
William Cort as Private Harmon
Pat Colby as Private Palmer