‘The War Lover’ – B-17s and a Hollywood icon

Sixty years ago a trio of B-17s took part in a movie that was not well received at the time but came to be regarded as a gem – as Ken Ellis describes

It’s not everybody’s cup of tea. The star of Columbia’s The War Lover is a reckless sociopath addicted to combat flying. The film climaxes in self-destruction as his Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress impacts Dover’s White Cliffs, the rest of the crew having taken to the silk.

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