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The Thousand Plane Raid (1969) Poster

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Anachronisms 

When Col. Brandon crashes on take off the plane they show burning on the runway is a B29 not a B17.
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In the shots of the situation room where the generals are following the course of the bombing mission, several of the personnel are wearing eyeglasses whose frame styles weren't introduced until the 1960s.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When the ground crew and medics remove the dead bombardier from the nose of Lt Archer's plane at the end of the first mission, we hear the distinctive sound of glass breaking as they open the nose. The clear portions of the nose of a B-17 or any bomber are made of plexiglas, a plastic which makes an entirely different sound when broken.
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Character error 

When one of B-17's in the first raid in the film is noticed to be a straggler; the colonel radios the stragglers lead aircraft to get him back up with the group. But when that pilot looks out the window to his left the plane he sees a B-17 thats direction of travel is 90 degrees from that of the formation. That would be a completely lost aircraft not a straggler. And later the next views of that plane have that aircraft just trailing the formation; not going in a completely different direction.
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Continuity 

In the first air battle, the three German fighters attack with their wheels up. However the plane shot down by the waist gunner has its wheels down. In actuality, the aircraft shown is not even German, but is a Japanese aircraft, a Nakajima Ki-27, being shot down over China.
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In the stolen plane scene the background and the outside footage are reversed. When the plane dives, the clouds in the cockpit shot show the plane's attitude to be nose up and when the the plane climbs, the cockpit background indicates a dive.
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Factual errors 

Chris George did not dump his B-17's bombs and fuel before crash landing, which was standard operating procedure. It's very unlikely that anyone would survive a crash landing in a fully loaded B-17.
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The movie states that this is the first 1000-plane air-raid. Actually the first 1000-plane raid was carried out in 1941 by the RAF, and was a night raid on Cologne.
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Near the beginning of the movie when they are attacked by Me 109's, there is a view of a wing with three machine guns firing from the wing. No 109 had three internally mounted MG's in each wing.
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Anti-Aircraft fire is referred to as "Ack Ack". In the European Theater it was called "Flak". A British/American contraction of German "Flugzeugabwehrkanone" meaning "aircraft-defense cannon".
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Revealing mistakes 

In the beginning of the film, Col. Greg Brandon (still in flight suit) is called into his general's office who informs him that he is to brief the high command on his idea for a thousand plane raid, and orders him to wear his "pinks", a uniform of the time. When they arrive at headquarters, he is not wearing pinks but a dark brown uniform.

"Pinks" refer to "pinks and greens", the nickname given to the US Army officer's winter service uniform due to the brownish-green jacket and the tan khaki trousers that looked pink under certain lighting. Due to the color in these old films, the uniform looks like its a brown jacket and tan trousers.
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After the group commander's B-17 crash-lands and explodes, one shot of the wreck as emergency crews rush to help is clearly of a B-29, not a B-17.
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