Friday night movie: One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942)

Here’s tonight’s movie:

IMDB rating: [7.2/10]


During the Allied Bombing offensive of World War II the public was often informed that “A raid took place last night over …, One (or often more) of Our Aircraft Is Missing”. Behind these sombre words hid tales of death, destruction and derring-do. This is the story of one such bomber crew who were shot down and the brave Dutch patriots who helped them home.

The bomber in the movie that they start with is called a  Vickers Wellington. It’s not very good, but the four-engine Avro Lancaster they get at the end of the movie is as good or better than the B-17 bomber used by the Americans during the war. Most people think that the Avro Lancaster was the best bomber of World War 2 on either side. My Canadian readers will be thrilled to know that Avro Canada constructed many Avro Lancasters to help with the war effort. You can still see an intact Lancaster in Alberta,  Canada.

Happy Friday!

4 thoughts on “Friday night movie: One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942)”

  1. The four engined heavy bomber they get at the end of the film is a Short Stirling, not an Avro Lancaster.
    The Lancaster and Halifax were considered superior aircraft to the Stirling, and by 1943 had relegated the Stirling to roles such as towing gliders.


      1. There is a resemblance, but it’s the tail that’s the real giveaway.
        The Lancaster has an ‘H’ shaped tail assembly, while the Stirling has what might be regarded as a standard tail.

        I probably need to get out more…


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