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The film begins with the following written foreword: "Made with the cooperation of the Royal Air Force and the Atlantic Ferry Service, which pioneered the North Atlantic Air Crossing to deliver ever increasing numbers of American aircraft in the cause of freedom." Richard Greene appeared in the film courtesy of the British Army. The British version of the film ran 110 minutes, but it was cut to 65 minutes for the American release. According to a December 30, 1942 New York Herald Tribune article, the heroic engine repair depicted in the film was based on a real repair performed by Second Pilot Sergeant James Allen Ward of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Ward earned the Victoria Cross after he climbed onto the wing of his airplane on July 7, 1941 and smothered a burning engine with an engine cover.