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The film begins with the following written foreword: "In the dark days of 1943 and 1944, the American Air Forces, stationed in England, wrote a bright page of American history in the skies over Europe. To the men of Fighter Command, this picture is dedicated. To the United States Air Force for permitting the use of actual combat film, and for its aid and cooperation in making this picture possible, our grateful thanks." A June 15, 1948 Hollywood Reporter news item reports that the production had just completed two weeks of location filming at Oscoda Air Base in Lake Huron, MI. According to a November 14, 1948 New York Times article, in this film, Warner Bros. used previously unreleased Air Force color footage depicting aerial combat over Europe. The article adds that airplane design evolved so rapidly during the war that the Air Force "had to scour the Air National Guard" for enough P-47 Thunderbolts to meet the needs of the filmmakers. Seton I. Miller's credit reads "written and produced by." Rock Hudson made his screen acting debut in this film.