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Buzz Rickson and Ed Bolland are American bomber pilots stationed in England during World War II. Buzz exults in combat and is often brilliant in his exploits against the enemy though his superiors have to censure him because of the great risks he takes. Ed is more cautious and abhors the act of killing but realizes it is a job that must be done. Eventually the two men become involved with an English girl, Daphne Caldwell, who, aware that to Buzz she is merely another potential conquest, offers her love to Ed. While Buzz and Ed are piloting a Flying Fortress on a bombing mission, their plane is crippled; and the crew bails out over the English Channel. Buzz, however, refuses to abandon the controls and, after forcing Ed to jump, attempts to reach England alone. But his luck runs out and he meets his death as he crashes into the Dover cliffs.