On June 4-6, 1942, a large Japanese force attempted to capture Midway Island in the North Pacific, but was defeated by U.S. forces with a loss ratio of 4:1 in favor of the Americans. On hand was a crew of naval photographers directed by John Ford; their documentary footage was edited together with narration by Hollywood actors. The film covers the attack on Midway, some limited aerial footage, the search for survivors, and aftermath of the battle.
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The few places where the film jumps its sprockets and goes out of frame were caused by the concussion of exploding bombs or shrapnel hitting the camera. Those scenes were left in by director Ford to demonstrate the intensity of the battle. See more
Why that's young Will Kenny. He's from my hometown - Springfield, Ohio. He's not going to fly that great big bomber?
Why yes, ma'am. That's his job. He's a skipper.
Featured in John Ford Goes to War
America, My Country Tis of Thee
Music by Lowell Mason
, based on the Music by Henry Carey
from "God Save the King" (1744)
Words by Samuel F. Smith
Played in the score and later sung by an offscreen chorus See more