FF3 - Flying Leathernecks

Intro by John Roderick

When Major Dan Kirby, played by John Wayne arrives in Guadalcanal, he is there to whip a relaxed Hellcats squadron into flying shape. Unfortunately for him he was not everyone's first choice for the command, but Kirby's hardened exterior hides a conflicted inner life: He hates the difficult decisions he has to make, he misses his wife and child back home and struggles to implement a new low altitude ground attack strategy that's meeting resistance from high command.

As the casualties mount and his squadron grows desperate for confidence and supplies, Kirby must lead his men into the battle of Okinawa where issues of strategy and leadership come to a head. Steal a birthday cake for today's Friendly Fire: It's the 1951 World War II classic Flying Leathernecks.

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