Aerial Gunner

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This article is about the 1943 film. For other uses, see Air gunner.
Aerial Gunner
Aerial Gunner poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by William H. Pine
Produced by William H. Pine
William C. Thomas
Written by Jack F. Dailey
Maxwell Shane
Starring Chester Morris
Richard Arlen
Jimmy Lyndon
Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof
Cinematography Fred Jackman Jr.
Edited by William H. Ziegler
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • March 20, 1943 (1943-03-20)
Running time 78 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Aerial Gunner is a 1943 American war film directed by William H. Pine and starring Chester Morris, Richard Arlen and Jimmy Lydon. Robert Mitchum, Kirk Alyn and Jeff Corey make uncredited appearances. The film was shot at the air gunner training school at Harlingen Air Force Base Texas.


Jon Davis is a policeman who consoles 'Foxy' Pattis at his shooting gallery that his criminal father has died. Foxy blames all policeman for his father's death feeling they harassed him all his life and thus were responsible for his death. Both enlist in the United States Army Air Forces where Foxy is the instructor and an aerial gunnery school and tries to drive Jon, now a "Flying Sergeant"[1] student out of the school. In addition to the hostility of his instructor Foxy, Jon befriends a young Texas boy, Sandy, whose father was an airman killed at the Japanese attack on Hickam Field. Sandy invites Jon and Foxy to his family's ranch where both men fall for Sandy's sister Peggy.

After graduation Jon is commissioned as a pilot with many of his classmates now the crew of his B-34 Lexington light bomber including Foxy. During a bombing mission against the Japanese the plane is shot down behind enemy lines with the crew using their talents to get their craft back in the air to continue the fight.



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