Aerial Gunner

TitleAerial Gunner
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1943
AuthorsPine, William H.
Running Time1h 18min
Date Released05/09/1943
DistributorParamount Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

Aerial Gunner is a 1943 American black-and-white World War II propaganda film. Two men, Jon Davis and "Foxy" Pattis, put aside their animosities to fight against the Japanese during World War II. John Davis (Richard Arlen) enlists and "Foxy" Pattis (Chester Morris) is drafted into the United States Army Air Forces where Foxy becomes the instructor at an aerial gunnery school. He makes life miserable for Davis, in an attempt to force the former policeman to resign. Davis later befriends a young Texas gunnery candidate, Sandy (Jimmy Lydon), who invites him and Foxy to his family's ranch where both men fall for Sandy's sister, Peggy (Amelita Ward). After graduation, Davis is commissioned as a lieutenant and is assigned as a pilot of a light bomber, with many of his classmates now his crew. A belligerent Foxy serves as his gunner and is not accepted as a team player by the other members. During a bombing mission against the Japanese, however, he makes the ultimate sacrifice in trying to protect the other crew members when the bomber is shot down behind enemy lines.

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