One of Our Aircraft Is Missing

  • U
  • Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger (1942)
  • UK
  • 102 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

This is an exciting enough Second World War adventure, as the crew members of a Wellington bomber attempt to evade Nazi patrols and reach home after their plane is shot down over the Netherlands. Directors Michael Powell (who also has a cameo role) and Emeric Pressburger are more successful at re-creating the bomber raid and the spectacular crash than they are at capturing an authentic Dutch atmosphere. It's a classic example of the way in which fictional stories were given a documentary style in order to increase their propaganda impact, and Powell and Pressburger's script received an Oscar nomination. There are sterling supporting turns from Peter Ustinov and Hay Petrie, but the film looks and sounds rather dated now.

Plot Summary

Second World War drama starring Godfrey Tearle and Eric Portman. 1941: an RAF bomber fails to return from a raid on Stuttgart. Six of the crew manage to bale out over occupied Netherlands and begin a dangerous journey to the Channel coast.

Cast and crew


Sir George Corbett
Godfrey Tearle
Tom Earnshaw
Eric Portman
Frank Shelley
Hugh Williams
Geoff Hickman
Bernard Miles
John Glyn Haggard
Hugh Burden
Bob Ashley
Emrys Jones
Els Meertens
Pamela Brown
Jet van Dieren
Joyce Redman
Jo de Vries
Googie Withers
Hay Petrie
Burgomaster's wife
Selma Vaz Diaz
Pieter Sluys
Arnold Marlé
De Jong
Robert Helpmann


Michael Powell
Emeric Pressburger

Other Information

Black and White
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U