"The only trouble with this war is it begins too early in the morning"...so says Captain Buzz Rickson of the 8th Air Force and the hot shot pilot of an B-17. The year is 1943 and American daylight raids are taking a toil not only on the enemy but bomber crews as well. The movie focuses mostly on one crew of "The Body", for the magic number is 25 missions to go home in one piece. I found Steve McQueen's role as Captain Buzz Rickson spilt, either he grates on you or you root for his swagger but at times insubordination toward higher authority, as in his "I'll show them" attitude, while the same time performing reckless endangerment to his crew. Buzzing the field after dropping propaganda leaflets was one such stunt, any real pilot would of been grounded immediately for mental evaluation and sent packing for good. The triangle love story was ok, with Lesley Anne Field as Daphne Caldwell, was delightful to watch but it simply slowed down the movie I thought. The real action was at 30,000 feet, while taking on enemy fighters and flak, with real combat footage mixed in. But the movie was rather uneven at times and nothing I would nominate an academy award for. This was a British production and based on the novel by Robert Hersey, while filmed in black and white and also stars Robert Wagner. But certainly not one of McQueen's best roles. Reviews have varied from thumbs up to thumbs down, but I am somewhere in the middle, so I'll give this movie 2 stars out of 4.