This film may seem a little dated now, but is probably a little closer to the truth of the time than many a modern recreation. The flying action is intercut with real action footage of the daytime air war over Germany in WWII. The action on the ground is pretty realistic too, the Americans portrayed as brash and self-confident, the British as stoic and formal. And so it was during those years.
Some errors of fact occur, but overall it shines with a good script, good acting and some wonderful flying. It doesn't gush with patriotism, it doesn't force its morality down your throat. A non-intrusive score by Richard Addison rounds out a very worthwhile production. The DVD contains the original trailer (pay no attention, it is rather sensational!!) and subtitles.