Twelve O'Clock High

The 918th Bomb Group is one of the elite bomb groups in the European theater of World War II. They get to be that way, however, in the "school of hard knocks"---bomber crews that can't do things properly, being tricked into getting their airplanes shot down, etc. When General Frank Savage, and later Colonel Joseph Gallagher, restore discipline and morale to the fliers, the group then starts to hit its targets and turns the tide of the war to America's favor.

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Prev: 3x17 -- The Hunters and the Killers (Jan/13/1967)

Commodore Leon Crompton is the leader of USN task force 10. His job is to find and sink wolf pack Laika, 8 german u-boats operating off the Azores. The 918Th is assigned under Gallagher as the hunter portion of the team and Crompton's ships will be the killers. Gallagher assigns 9 B-17's, Crompton's force is 4 DD's, 1 CVE flights of three searching, Gallagher's get attacked. Two bombers are shot down. On the next mission Gallagher carries bombs, carrier sunk bombers sink subs. He gets shot down.

Paul NewlanPaul Newlan
As General Pritchard
Paul NewlanPaul Newlan
As General Pritchard
Paul Burke (1)Paul Burke (1)
As Colonel Joseph Gallagher (S02-S03)
Paul Burke (1)Paul Burke (1)
As Colonel Joseph Gallagher (S02-S03)
Lew GalloLew Gallo
As Major Joe Cribb (S01)
Chris Robinson (1)Chris Robinson (1)
As Sgt. Alexander Kamansky (S02-03)
Chris Robinson (1)Chris Robinson (1)
As Sgt. Alexander Kamansky (S02-03)

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2x1: The Loneliest Place in the World recap: Opens with the 918th squadron coming back from a bombing raid in Germany.
Lt. Col. Joe Gallagher sees General Savage’s plane smoking. He asks his co-pilot (Dan)
about it, but he thinks it’s just exhaust. A straggler B-17 is in view. Joe’s left waist
gunner spots it. Joe tells his co-pilot to fire the recognition flares, but the straggler
calls on radio. Since he seems legitimate, Joe tells the straggler to join the formation.
It does. Then the pilot of it tells his German crew to fire and General Savage is hit.
The wounded co-pilot tells Sergeant Komansky, the flight engineer, to fire the flares turning the command of the squadron over to Gallagher. Lt .Colonel Heindorf asks Gallagher if he can pursue the straggler. He says “negative”. Gallagher yells at the formation to close up, they’re flying all over the sky. With the General diving in flames, Heindorf asks Gallagher if he can ride herd on Savage. Negative. Heindorf pleads it is the skipper. Gallagher yells Get off the air! Look out for fighters and maintain radio silence... read more.

Producer: Frank Glicksman
Associate Producer: Charles Larson
Music Supervisor: Lionel Newman
Other: Ralph Hickey
Director of Photography: William W. Spencer, Frank V. Phillips, Robert C. Moreno
Art Director: Jack Martin Smith
Post Production Coordinator: Robert Mintz
Based On The Works Of: Beirne Lay Jr.
Film Editor: Walter Hannemann

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Recurring Guests

Andrew Duggan as Brigadier General Edward Britt (15 eps)
Richard Anderson as Brig. Gen. Doud (7 eps)
Barney Phillips as Major "Doc" Kaiser (7 eps)
Paul Burke (1) as Captain Joseph Gallagher (4 eps)
Frank Aletter as Lt. Col. Bill Christy (4 eps)
James Whitmore as Col. Harry Connelly (4 eps)
Glenn Corbett as Lt. Tom Lockridge (3 eps)
Lloyd Bochner as Major Mallory (3 eps)
Jonathan Goldsmith (1) as Sargeant Bonneyman (3 eps)
Robert Dornan as Captain Fowler (3 eps)

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