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Dive Bomber

Dive Bomber(1941)

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  • The carrier U.S.S. Enterprise was used in the film while docked in San Diego. The Enterprise would go on and become one of the most famous ships in history for her battles she took part in during World War II.
  • The Navy Department allowed filming on the U.S.S. Enterprise aircraft carrier at sea for only three days.
  • One of the pilots who flew the planes in the film footage was Navy Lt. Edward "Butch" O'Hare. O'Hare served as a fighter pilot in the Pacific and shot down five Japanese planes in his first battle, earning ace status and the Medal of Honor. O'Hare would go on to down 12 planes total and become one of the top heroes of the war before he was killed in action off the Gilbert Islands in November, 1943. O'Hare International Airport in Chicago was later named for him.
  • Pilot Paul Mantz was seriously injured on his way to San Diego; Frank Clarke substituted for him during his convalescence.
  • Byron Haskin designed special mounts for a heavy Technicolor camera to allow it to move back and forth inside and airplane, in order to film the squadron while diving.

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