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633 Squadron (1964)

aka 633 Squadron

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Details: 102 mins · English, German

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Cast:

Small Wing Commander Roy Grant
Small Lieutenant Erik Bergman
Small Hilde Bergman
Small Air Vice-Marshal Davis
Small Group Captain Don Barrett
Small Squadron Leader Frank Adams
No_movie_poster Flight Lieutenant Gillibrand
No_movie_poster Flight Lieutenant Scott
No_movie_poster Flying Officer Hoppy Hopkinson
No_movie_poster Flying Officer Bissell
No_movie_poster Flying Officer Evans
No_movie_poster Rosie the barmaid at Black Swan Inn
No_movie_poster Lieutenant Nigel
No_movie_poster Flight Lieutenant Singh
No_movie_poster Flight Lieutenant Frank
No_movie_poster Lieutenant Jones
No_movie_poster WAAF Sergeant Mary Blake / Bissell

Crew:

No_movie_poster Howard Koch Screenplay
Small James Clavell Screenplay
Small Walter Grauman Director
No_movie_poster Lewis J. Rachmil Production

Plot:

When Norwegian resistance leader Lieutenant Erik Bergman travels to Great Britain to report the location of a German V-2 rocket fuel plant, the Royal Air Force's No 633 Squadron is assigned to destroy it. The squadron is led by Wing Commander Roy Grant, an ex-Eagle Squadron pilot (US fighter pilots serving in the RAF before America entered the war).

The plant is in a seemingly impregnable location beneath an overhanging cliff at the end of a long, narrow fjord lined with anti-aircraft guns. The only way to destroy the plant is by collapsing the cliff on top of it, a job for No 633 Squadron's fast and manoeuvrable de Havilland Mosquitos. The squadron trains in Scotland, where there are narrow valleys similar to the fjord. There, Grant is introduced to Bergman's sister, Hilde. They are attracted to each other, despite Grant's aversion to wartime relationships.

The Norwegian resistance is tasked with destroying the anti-aircraft defences of the facility immediately before the scheduled attack. When unexpected German reinforcements arrive, Bergman returns to Norway to try to gather more forces. However, he is captured while transporting desperately needed weapons, taken to Gestapo headquarters and tortured for information. Since Bergman knows too much, he must be silenced before he breaks. Grant and newly married Flying Officer Bissell are sent in with a single Mosquito to bomb the Gestapo building. Though they are successful, their shot-up Mosquito fighter-bomber crashes on its return, and Bissell is wounded and becomes blind. A tearful Hilde thanks Grant for ending her brother's suffering.

Still worried, Air Vice-Marshal Davis decides to move up the attack to the next day. However, the resistance fighters are ambushed and killed, leaving the defences still intact. Although Grant is given the option of aborting, he decides to press on. The factory is destroyed at the cost of the entire squadron, though a few crews are able to ditch in the fjord. Grant crash-lands but a local man helps Grant's navigator, Flying Officer Hoppy Hopkinson, pull the wounded wing commander from the burning wreckage. Back in Britain, Davis tells a fellow officer who is aghast at the losses, "You can't kill a squadron."

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1964-06-24 : United States of America

DVD : 2003-05-20