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Twelve O'Clock High
SUBJECTS — U.S./1941 - 1945; Aviation;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Leadership; Courage in War;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility.
Age: 10+; Not rated; Drama; 1949; 132 minutes; B & W.
A new commander is posted to a World War II American heavy bomber group conducting daylight bombing runs over Germany and occupied Europe. Fighter escorts have not yet arrived from the U.S. Casualties are high, morale is low, and the unit is functioning poorly. Can the new commander make the bomber group into an effective fighting unit? Twelve O'Clock High is a study in the leadership of an organization under extreme stress. It displays one of the essential ingredients in the Allied victory during World War II, effective operation of complex organizations.
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The effectiveness of daylight bombing was one of the major tactical issues of World War II. Twelve O'Clock High shows the stress of the daylight bombing campaign and how bomber squadrons conducting it required expert leadership in order to function.
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In 1943, the English and the Americans disagreed about tactics for the air war against Germany. Earlier in the war, the English had suffered unacceptably high losses during daylight bombing. In response, they equipped their heavy bombers, the Lancasters and the Halifaxes, for night bombing. However, night bombing was not precise and could only target general areas. The American B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators were more heavily armored than the English planes and had bombsights that allowed them to strike specific targets during the day. The U.S. Army Air Corps wanted to conduct long range daylight strategic bombing.
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