Mosquito Squadron

1969

Boris Sagal
Director
Oakmont Productions
Production Company
United Artists
Distributor

RAF bombing squadron is tasked with destroying a V-weapon site before it can fire at England. Also the usual romantic subplot, along with another subplot about a squadron leader who is believed dead, but is actually a POW with amnesia.

Lacklustre war film tries to soar, but is saddled with some poor scenes on the ground. When it's actually in the air it gets better. The performances are generally competent but uninspired (Charles Gray's character being the main exception), and the dialogue between McCallum and Neve is so uncomfortably awkward it rivals the Star Wars prequels. On a similar note, the briefing scene is a dead ringer for the same scene in A New Hope, as is much of the final attack. Frank Cordell's music is really the main highlight, along with some nice Mosquito footage. McCallum's ostensible hero doesn't inspire much sympathy, especially when he leaves a wounded man to burn to death in a crashed aircraft.

Though often described as such, this is not a sequel to 633 Squadron, though it does reuse some footage from that film and Operation Crossbow, both of which would be better bets for a night's entertainment. The Mosquitoes used in filming did have the same squadron codes as 633 Squadron, so that footage from that film could be re-used in this low-budget film.

Note: Uncredited and unknowns are listed in as close to order of appearance as I could. Thanks to Koosh, Scott Palmer and Philly for helping identify some previously unknown parts!

-Dave W.



22nd August 1969
Cinema






20th May 2003
DVD



90 mins
1.66:1



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David McCallum
Squadron Leader Quint Munroe RCAF
Suzanne Neve
Beth Scott
Charles Gray
Air Commodore Hufford
David Buck
Squadron Leader David 'Scotty' Scott
David Dundas
Flight Lieutenant Douglas Shelton
Dinsdale Landen
Wing Commander Clyde Penrose
Nicky Henson
Flight Sergeant Wiley Bunce
Bryan Marshall
Squadron Leader Neale
Michael Anthony
Father Bellague
Peggy Thorpe-Bates
Mrs. Scott
Peter Copley
Mr. Scott
Vladek Sheybal
Lieutenant Schack
Michael McGovern
Flight Lieutenant Bannister
Michael Latimer
Flight Lieutenant Clark
(uncredited)
Vincent Fleming
Tommy, Scott's Navigator
(uncredited)
John F. Landry
Bannister's Navigator
(uncredited)
Derek Steen
Clark's Navigator
(uncredited)
Dave's Unknown Male 2
Flying Officer on Control Tower
Group Captain at London Briefing
Unknown
Flight Lieutenant on Control Tower
Unknown
Lady at Party
Unknown
RAF Officer at Party
Unknown
Lady at Party
Unknown
RAF Officer at Party
Unknown
RAF Officer at Party
Unknown
Army Doctor at Party
Unknown
Lady at Party
Unknown
Wounded RAF Officer at Party
Unknown
RAF Officer at Party
Unknown
RAF Officer at Party
Unknown
RAF Officer at Party
Robert Urquhart
Major Kemble
(uncredited)
Unknown
German Soldier in Watchtower
Unknown
German Soldier in Watchtower
Unknown
German Guard at Charlon
John Clifford
German Guard at Charlon
(uncredited)
Frank Jarvis
RAF Corporal Escorting Beth
(uncredited)
Unknown
RAF Enlisted Man Removing Nameboard
Derek Benfield
Scott's Batman
(uncredited)
Michael McStay
Flight Lieutenant Mason
(uncredited)
Unknown
Group Captain at London Briefing
Dave's Unknown Male 3
Air Commodore at London Briefing
Charles Lloyd Pack
Victor, Maitre'd
(uncredited)
Cyril Kent
Waiter
Unknown
Army Officer in Restaurant
Susan Brodrick
Susan, Douglas' Fiancé
(uncredited)
Unknown
Flight Lieutenant in Link Trainer
Unknown
Link Trainer Operator
Don Archell
Officer at Briefing
(uncredited)
Patrick Tull
Flight Lieutenant Templeton
(uncredited)
Unknown
Flight Lieutenant at First Briefing
Unknown
Pilot at First Briefing
Unknown
Flight Sergeant at First Briefing
Unknown
Pilot at First Briefing
Unknown
Pilot Officer at First Briefing
Unknown
Officer at First Briefing
Unknown
Pilot at First Briefing
Brian Grellis
POW (uncredited)
George Layton
POW (uncredited)
Unknown
POW
John Tatum
POW (uncredited)
Unknown
POW
Unknown
POW
Unknown
POW
Unknown
POW
Bill Cummings
German Guard
Resistance Fighter
(uncredited)
Victor Harrington
NAAFI Barman
(uncredited)
Norman Morris
Officer in Officers' Mess
(uncredited)
Jim McManus
Officer in Officers' Mess
(uncredited)
Unknown
Officer in Officers' Mess
Unknown
Officer in Officers' Mess
Unknown
Officer in Officers' Mess
Unknown
Officer in Officers' Mess
Unknown
Officer in Officers' Mess
Unknown
Officer in Officers' Mess
Unknown
Officer in Officers' Mess
Unknown
Officer in Officers' Mess
Andreas Malandrinos
Elderly Resistance Fighter
(uncredited)
Gordon Sterne
Resistance Fighter (uncredited)
(miscredited on IMDb as Gordon Stone)
Unknown
Resistance Fighter
Unknown
Resistance Fighter
Walter Henry
German Guard
(uncredited)
Unknown
German Guard
Unknown
German Guard
Unknown
German Guard
Arnold Schulkes
POW Receiving Confession
(uncredited)
Unknown
Pilot at Third Briefing
Unknown
German Guard
Harold Coyne
POW (uncredited)
Bernard Barnsley
POW (uncredited)
Unknown
POW
Unknown
POW
Unknown
POW
Unknown
POW
Unknown
POW
Unknown
POW
Unknown
POW
Unknown
POW
Unknown
POW
Unknown
POW
Unknown
Resistance Fighter
Eddie Powell
Resistance Fighter
(uncredited)
Unknown
Resistance Fighter
Billy Dean
German Guard
(uncredited)
Eric Kent
Escaping POW
(uncredited)
Billy Cornelius
Resistance Fighter with Bazooka
(uncredited)
Charles Rayford
Civilian Onlooker
(uncredited)
George Holdcroft
Civilian Onlooker
(uncredited)
Guy Standeven
RAF Enlisted Man
(uncredited)
Gerald Paris
Returning POW
(uncredited)
Unknown
Returning POW
Unknown
Returning POW
De Havilland Mosquito T.3 RR299
Itself
De Havilland Mosquito TT.35 RS709
Itself
De Havilland Mosquito TT.35 RS712
Itself
De Havilland Mosquito TT.35 TA634
Itself
SNCAN Nord 1002 Pingouin II
Messerschmitt Bf109
Percival Proctor
Crashed "German" Fighter
Avro Anson
Themselves
Houses of Parliament
Houses of Parliament
Bob Anderson
Charlie Appleby
John Bailey
Del Baker
Sean Barry-Weske
Dave Brandon
Peter Brayham
Ken Buckle
Derek Chafer
Mickey Clarke
Norton Clarke
Les Conrad
George Lane Cooper
Maxwell Craig
Jack Dearlove
Eddie Dillon
Maurice Dunster
Grey Eckel
David Field
John Gallant
Tommy Graham
Reg Harding
Ridgewell Hawkes
Ken Hutchins
Malcolm Johns
Phil Jost
John Ketteringham
Paul Kirby
Roy Lansford
Jimmy Lodge
Lou Morgan
Derek Moss
John Moyce
Dave Murphy
Valentino Musetti
Stuart Myers
Jerry O'Brien
Tony O'Leary
Sammy Pasha
Joe Powell
Mike Reynell
Laurie Rose
Bill Sawyer
Robin Scott
Larry Sheppard
Jack Silk
Robert Smythe
Tony Snell
Alan Talbot
Reg Turner
Harry Van Engel

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Dave Wright: Revised Screencaps & Notes