Film / One of Our Aircraft Is Missing

One of Our Aircraft Is Missing is a 1942 British War Movie, set — and filmed — during World War II by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Regarded as one of the best British films of the era, the movie features the trials of a shot-down British bomber crew who attempt to escape German-occupied Holland with the aid of the Dutch resistance.

The title has inspired a large number of snowclones.

One of Our Tropes Is Missing:

  • Abandon Ship: Being forced to bail out of the damaged Vickers Wellington bomber sets up the whole plot.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Jo de Vries pretends to help the Germans so that she can help the resistance.
  • Cool Old Guy: Rear gunner Sir George Corbett (Godfrey Tearle) is at least 20 years older than the rest of the crew. He is based on Sir Arnold Wilson, a former colonial governor and MP, who joined the RAF even though in his 50s, stating "I have no desire to shelter myself and live in safety behind the ramparts of the bodies of our young men."
  • Creator Cameo: Michael Powell appears as the air dispatcher.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: It's the opinion of the Resistance that the Nazi occupation is this.
    Else Meertens: Do you think that we Hollanders who threw the sea out of our country will let the Germans have it? Better the sea.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: The sixth crewmember turns out to be playing on the local football team.
  • Importation Expansion: Inverted; twenty minutes were cut from the original American release.
  • Men Are Strong, Women Are Pretty: Surprisingly averted; director Michael Powell deliberately encouraged the casting of women as resistance leaders.
  • Reality Has No Soundtrack: The film contains no musical score. Michael Powell strove for "naturalism" and only used diegetic sounds.
  • La Résistance: Initially suspicious, but they wind up helping the airmen out.
  • Those Wacky Nazis