Warbirds of “Dive Bomber” – The Big E/Air Group 6

19 Dec

The USS Enterprise was filmed for Dive Bomber in the Spring of 1941, with Bull Halsey overseeing operations. Word is Bull did not kowtow to Kurtiz and wasn’t thrilled about having to have Hollywood hanging about his ship and crew, but bigwigs in Washington wanted this film, correctly believing it would be a hugely successful recruiting film. Bull, in turn, was very correctly anticipating and preparing for possible war in the Pacific. This is why many of the Air Groups’ aircraft (the Enterprise’s and Saratoga’s) are painted gray, rather than the much more colorful pre-war colors. At the request of Warner Brothers, some planes retained their original colors until completion of filming.

Uss E and titles

uss enterprise air group

USS Enterprise

Air Group Six Yearbook

USS Enterprise plane

Uss Enterprise B&W

USS Enterprise with Vindicators

Air Group Flying……

For Great Clips of the Big E and Air Group 6 in Dive Bomber:

— Tim


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  1. twinarchers

    December 23, 2015 at 3:11 am

    I am loving all these posts about Dive Bomber and the planes. I still think this film should be restored for Blu Ray since it is so rich with planes like no other film I have seen. Very cool.

    • Gentleman Tim

      December 23, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks, twinarchers. What a great idea. Dive Bomber really is a historical treasure of both aviation and cinematography. The planes really deserve co-star billing with Errol & MacMurray (and Alexis “Blonde Bomber” Smith.)