A USAF bomber pilot awakens in the desert, lying next to his downed B25 Mitchell. Capt. James Embry commanded the aircraft but has no memory of how he got there. More importantly to him, his crew is nowhere to be found. At one point, he even begins to wonder if he is hallucinating, especially after he sees one of his men momentarily sitting in the cockpit. When he awakens in a hospital bed he thinks it was all a dream but then wonders: did he really go back to the desert. Written by
This episode takes place in 1943 and 1960. See more »
Military personnel stationed in desert climates would not be wearing dark uniforms but a light khaki tan. See more »
This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead, and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning, she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in the wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day, or any other day.
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I was initially disappointed at the end of this episode. Things did not add up very well it seemed. Not a cracking yarn with a neat ending. Then I thought about it some more. Perhaps this tale of war is better told this way? Rod Serling's stories about war in TZ tend to be a little nebulous and all the more meaningful for it. Viewers tend to want answers to neatly wrap things up but instead Serling seems to show us a different 'world' with war where 'guilt' doesn't mean evil or criminality and 'reality' and 'being' do not seem so certain.
Robert Cummings plays the WW2 pilot desperate to understand why he is alone with his crashed B-25 in the Tunisian desert. The viewer suffers with him as he seeks an answer to his psychological torture.
Zones about lonely characters tend to be strong stuff. Mix that with psychological scars of war and you have to guess Serling's writing from the heart.
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