Wings

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On June 12, 1927, In Wash-
ington, Colonel Charles A. 
Lindbergh paid simple tribute
to those who fell in the War.

2
"In that time," he said, "feats
were performed and deeds
accomplished which were far
greater than any peace accom-
  plishments of aviation."

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To those young warriors of 
the sky, whose wings are
folded about them forever, this
picture is reverently dedicated.

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A small town - 1917 -
youth and the dreams
of youth.

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Jack Powell had always 
longed to fly ... in every
day-dream he heard the
    whir of wings.

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In fact, he had left
the ground several 
times, in -

7
 Mary Preston had always 
  lived next door. Once
Jack had picked her out of
a bonfire - and sometimes he
      regretted it.

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"Gee, can't you let a 
 man work in peace?"

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Almost an automobile....

10
"The new speed gears'll
make 'er travel like a 
    shooting star."

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"The shooting star.... Say
  - - what a great name 
        for her!"

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"D'you know what you 
can do when you see a 
   shooting star?"

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"Well .... you can kiss the
      girl you love."

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"Maybe I will."

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"All right, Mary. See
      you later."

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Sylvia Lewis had an 
advantage over the
small-town girls. She
was a visitor from the 
        city.

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David Armstrong had
an advantage, too -
his was the wealthiest 
   family in town.

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"Sylvia! I want you to
 have the first ride."

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So Youth laughed and wept
and lived its heedless hour,
while over the world hung a
cloud which spread and spread
until its shadow fell in some
degree on every living person.

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And Youth answered
the challenge -

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Here was a door that only 
the bravest of the brave
dared open - a path of glory
mounting toward the stars!

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"Put your monicker on 
  that, Handsome."

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"Herman Schwimpf??
That's a fine name to 
fight the Kaiser with!"

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"If I had my way, I'd 
throw all you Dutchmen
in the coop till the end
     o' the war."

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"I'm as much American 
as you - I show you!"

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Life marched at double-quick
in those feverish days of '17.
Drums beat.... bugles called....
everywhere feet were hurrying,
lips were pressed to lips in
         parting....

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"Sylvia! I'm leaving for
training school - - this
      afternoon -"

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"I'm awfully proud of you, 
Jack - and I wish you
all the luck in the world."

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"Could - would you give
me your picture, Sylvia -
  to - take with me?"

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"Gee, I never expected you'd
have this ready for me! I'll
wear it always - - it will
      bring me luck."

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"Please don't misunderstand -"

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"If you'd seen his look, 
       David - -"

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 "- you'd know why I 
couldn't take it back."

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"He has only a picture,
David - because I was 
  sorry for him -"

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"- but you - you have -"

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"- - my heart!"

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"Gee! I almost forgot to
say good-bye to Mary -"

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"Well, I'm on my way, 
  Mary. Good-bye."

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"I brought you - this. I
thought - maybe - you
        might -"

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 "You can use the
Shooting Star while
    I'm gone."

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"But watch out you 
don't bust her up!"

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"- and, David, don't forget
to change your socks when
your feet are damp. And
   another thing -"

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"Yes, Mother."

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"It's time for Master 
David to leave for the 
        train."

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"I didn't know you still 
had this little old bear 
       of mine!"

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"You loved it more than 
any toy you ever had -
it seems only yesterday -"

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"- and now my little boy
    is - a soldier."

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"That bear isn't big enough
 to do much fighting for 
       you, Dave!"

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"I thought I'd take it 
with me, Dad. Maybe
it'll bring me luck."

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"Oh, Davie, Davie - be
sure you bring it back 
       to me!"

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The first step on the road 
to glory..... no thrills, no
glamour - and as exciting as
   going back to school!

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"Herman Schwimpf? In
  this man's army?"

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"Yah, Schwimpf! And as
good a fighter as you,
Irisher. I show you!"

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They had come to fly - only
to learn that aviators are
made on the ground. No wonder
their world was upside down!

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Through all the grind of
training, Jack's dislike
for David increased day by
          day.

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"Hey, Powell - lay off
       my hat!"

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"Wipe - that - smile - off!"

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"Stop! STOP! I never
seen such a bunch o'
  washwomen in me
      life!"

59
"Come here, Unconscious!"

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"Here's th' way to
 uncork a right!"

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"An' this is the way
to shoot yer left!"

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"Never swing a round-
  house like this."

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"Change over."

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"Now hop to it, youse
  powder-puff guys!"

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"Boy, you're game!"

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While at home -

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Jack and David began to believe
they were never to see any
real planes - - then, suddenly
ground school days were over!

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"My name's White."

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"Glad you fellows are in
here, Powell. We'll see
 a lot of each other."

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"Got to go out and do a 
flock of figure eights
    before chow."

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"Why the bear? Good
       luck?"

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"Lots of fellows do have
  mascots, don't they, 
       White?"

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"Yeah, lots of the fellows
carry something for luck."

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"But, I never have."

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"Luck or no luck, when
your time comes, you're
  going to get it!"

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"Maybe you're right, but
when I leave the ground,
this bear goes with me."

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"Here, too!"

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 "Didn't know you carried 
a lucky piece. What is it?"

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"It's a secret!"

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Overhead, planes circle and dive,
loop and spiral upward ... the
air seems filled with them as
Cadet White begins his "figure
     eights before chow".

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"You know they told us 
not to run out in case 
     of a crash!"

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"Are these Cadet White's 
       quarters?"

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 "Get his stuff together.
I'll be back to take it to 
     headquarters."

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"Cadet Powell?.... Cadet
       Armstrong?"

85
"Report to the dead-line
immediately for flying 
     instruction."

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"All set?"

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"O.K.!"

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Like a mighty maelstrom of
  destruction, the war now
drew into its center the power
and the pride of all the earth.

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Overseas....
The nest of the war
eagles - an American
airdrome behind the lines.

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The Shooting Star again
- this time a rider of
the heavens!

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Herman Schwimpf's patriotism
was puncture-proof. Thrown
out as a flyer - re-enlisted as a
        mechanic -

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"Wake up! WAKE UP!
You're on the dawn 
     patrol!"

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His first dawn patrol! Here
was his dream come true -
here was the trumpet call to
breathless hazards in the skies!
      Here - at last!

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"Patrol between here and
Mervale - and look out
for Captain Kellermann
and his 'Flying Circus'."

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"Powell - Armstrong - it's
your first patrol. Keep
 formation - watch for
      signals!"

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"Keep your neck like an
owl's. And be careful
   on your turns!"

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"I hope we meet some
     Heinies."

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"If Kellermann is up with 
  his circus you'll see
  plenty, don't worry!"

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"All set?"

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"O.K.!"

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The whir of wings, once
 only a romantic dream,
now broke over Jack Powell
   in stern reality.

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On the high sea of
heaven -

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The enemy!

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Count von Kellermann -
  famous German ace
and leader of the Flying
       Circus.

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The rival leaders 
signal for attack.

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At ten thousand feet above 
the earth, the opposing
squadrons hurl themselves
  into a "dog fight".

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Incendiary bullets - and
American No. 3 spins
down in flames!

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The battle-royal becomes
a series of individual 
duels -

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The score evens - German
No. 2 is brought down by
American No. 2 -

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- but in turn American
No. 2, off guard one
moment, pays the price!

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The American leader
is hit!

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The fight spreads out....
David is singled out for
attack by the famous Captain
   von Kellermann....

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 David's machine-gun 
  jams, leaving him 
at the mercy of his foe.

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But there was chivalry 
among these knights 
of the air....

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Meanwhile jack - separated 
from the rest - finds two
Fokkers on his tail.

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A chance shot has killed 
Jack's motor .... his
only hope is to dive earth-
ward and trust to luck -

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Help comes from a 
near-by British 
trench.

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"Hello, Yank. Welcome
to a very merry little
        war!"

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"- and now how about 
a wee drop for the 
King and Uncle Sam?"

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"O.K.!"

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Weeks pass.
The fledgling flyers
are veterans now.

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While on a war-torn road
behind the lines comes
another - already a veteran
     of service.

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"Don't .... leave me ....
      Mother ...."

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"Hey, if youse guys need
kissin' I'll kiss you - -
wit' a gun-butt! Fall in!"

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A giant Gotha, mightiest of
     German bombing planes,
takes on its deadly load for a
dash across the lines ....

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"Our Intelligence reports a
 secret concentration of
  the enemy at Mervale.
Proceed there directly and
  blow it off the map!"

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Escorted by two swift 
 battle planes, the
great dragon roars out 
 to seek its prey.

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Mervale - a tiny village packed
with munitions and jammed
with billeted regiments.

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The "flu" had struck Mervale ...
   and Mary's puddle-hopper
was a daily visitor, laden with
     medical supplies.

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"Gotha over Mervale -
two thousand meters."

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"ALL SET?"

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"O.K.!"

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In the cockpit of
the Gotha.

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Circling, to fix the wind
allowance -

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"Hey! Where's everybody?"

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Swift and straight as
arrows of vengeance 
come the two Americans ....

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As Jack hurls himself 
at the Gotha, David
tackles the two battle- 
       planes.

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Pursuing one Fokker,
David lays himself
open to attack by the
      other.

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Heedless of danger, David
follows his prey ....

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The remaining German
gives up the fight.

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Meanwhile, Jack follows the
unwieldy dragon in its
lumbering, zig-zag flight ....

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 Zooming upward to 
 pour a stream of 
fire into the belly of 
   the monster -

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"Say! That's the flyin' 
 fool they call the 
   Shooting Star!"

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The reward of valor.

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"France is proud to honor
you, Lieutenant - proud
to recognize gallantry in
its Allies, as in her own 
         sons."

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"You, too, Lieutenant, deserve
the name of ace. May the
enemy learn to fear you, as
we, your brothers in arms,
       admire you."

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A decoration meant leave -
and leave, with nerves
strained to the breaking point
by week on week of unceasing
warfare in the skies, meant only
        one thing - -

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Since America's entrance in
the war, the Allies had
prepared - silently, thoroughly 
- for the 'Big Push', the
greatest battle of history. Now
   came the final call .... 

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"This means the big drive -
at last! We've got to be
ready. Cancel all leaves!
   Recall everyone -"

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Paris in war-time... the capital
    of the world's gayety
crowded with soldiers of all
races - on furlough from Death
 .... trying to forget ....

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The Shooting Star!
Here - in Paris!

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"They're rounding up all the
flyers they can find. Every
man on this list had better
beat it back to his command
  or face court-martial."

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"You're right, Miss - Powell
was here - Jack Powell, of
the 39th. His gang had a
peach of a fight with six
waiters and a gendarme -"

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"They started for the 
  Folies Bergere -"

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Here, for men fresh from the 
front, whose minds carried
the image of unutterable horrors
- here was forgetfulness .....

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"H'ray for bubbles!"

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"All set?"

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"O.K.!"

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"Run 'way, l'il uniform.
No bubbles in uniform -"

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"Jack - Jack - don't
   you know me?"

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"Can't you understand?
Your leave - cancelled!
You've got to go back!
         War!"

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"No war - jus' bubbles!"

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"Isn't any war - -
Isn't any war - -
Isn't any war - -"

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"What's the matter ....
   lost your man?"

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"Tell me about it, cherie."

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"He's just a boy. He
 doesn't realize -"

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"I understand."

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"If you would catch the
fly, do you set the
vinegar? No, ma cherie!
 But the sugar, yes!"

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"So - put on one of the 
  dancer's dresses -"

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"Come wiz me - we will
find ze mos' beautiful
bubbles in ze worl'."

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"Don' - don' fight! I'll
  go where - wherever
  bes' bubbles are!"

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"She has bubbles even in
'er eyes - she wins -"

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"Li'l Bubbles...."

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"- I'm gonna kiss you!"

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"All leaves cancelled - -
ordered to report back 
to the front immediately!"

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"And you wearing 
a uniform, too -
   daytimes!"

177
"Put your clothes on! You 
can't get away with this sort 
of thing in the A.E.F. It's
back home for you, sister."

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Each day, now, the long roads
of France were filled with
marching men, as preparation
for the "Big Push" swung into
     its final stages.

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Vanished, the fairyland of
Paris .... Again the stark
reality of flying field - - the
drone of motors - and Death,
   riding the clouds ....

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"Study your maps, now!
I'll let you know when 
     to take off."

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"Will you take my 
decoration back to 
my mother, Jack?"

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"I've got a hunch I'm not
   coming back today."

183
"I'm serious, Jack. Go through
my stuff and see that every-
thing's O. K. before they're
        sent home."

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"Gee, that's funny!
Mary's not the sort 
     to quit."

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"Resigned doesn't always 
mean 'quit'. Sometimes
 it means - 'fired'!"

186
"When these home-town
girls get to Paris -"

187
"See here, Cameron - no
one can talk about mary
Preston like that! You
   take that back -"

188
"All right! All right! I
  didn't know she was
       your girl."

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"Are you in love with
     Mary, Jack?"

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"Look here, Dave.... It's Sylvia
I love.... and I believe she
          loves me!"

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"Dave, I wouldn't have any-
thing break our friendship.
But - it seemed the square
   thing to tell you."

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"You've often wondered 
what I carry for luck...
  well, here it is."

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"Sylvia gave me this. She
wouldn't have done that 
unless she - loved me."

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"Give me the locket.
  I'll put it in."

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"I - I don't want anyone
- even you, Dave - to
      handle it."

196
"This is no time for horse-play!
German balloons are up - back
of Hill 124! They're breaking 
up our whole troop movement!
      Get after them."

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"Friendship means a
hell of a lot to you,
   doesn't it?"

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"All set?"

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The eyes of the enemy,
spotting our troop 
movements....

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"Shell!"

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"Hey, Red - snap out of it!"

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An enemy battle squadron
closes in behind to cut
off the two Americans.....

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To protect his flying
  mate, David hurls
himself into a desperate
       combat -

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David's first wild 
rush disposes of 
one enemy -

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Then another German
falls....

206
But now comes the reckoning
- the remaining two Germans
have gained altitude - David is
      at their mercy....

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Earthward .... twisting
and doubling through
the clouds ....

208
Meanwhile, jack reaches
the objective - - two
balloons in a sheltered 
       valley.

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Triumph! - but where
    was David?

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Sick with foreboding, Jack
   turns his plane for home -
while David, like a hare doubling 
    from the hounds....

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All that night - with "zero hour"
set for dawn - - the Allied
armies were moving stealthily
to their appointed posts ....

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Behind the enemy lines...

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Through the night -
waiting - hoping -
praying -

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At dawn a lone German 
plane, scorning its
fiery reception -

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Daybreak ... Along the battle-
front a dream-like stillness...
in the trenches, men crouching
shoulder to shoulder, hardly
    daring to breathe ....

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Laying Bangalore torpedoes,
to tear a way through the
barbed wire which had
protected them so long.

217
"I'll square things up for 
Dave - or I won't come 
        back!"

218
The idling motors quicken....
Flight by flight, like eager
birds of prey, the airplanes
leave the ground. The big drive
     of the air is on!

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Driven by a mad desire 
to avenge his comrade,
Jack plunges across the
German lines - alone!

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A morbid fascination, half 
  hope and half dread,
draws him toward the Mad
        River.

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On foot, the doughboys
continue their irresistible 
advance.

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German reserves, hurrying
forward to meet the
new thrust....

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A German general and
his aide -

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By mid-morning, the Allied
advance was general all
along the front....

225
Groping blindly forward,
shattered remnants of the
American first wave reached
  the enemy's trenches.

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The enemy counter-attack!

227
Fresh American waves 
renew the attack....

228
"Attaboy! Them buzzards
are some good, after all!"

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French Colonials join
in the attack.

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Near the Mad River ... in the
marshes, where even in
peace-time, few stragglers
    found their way -

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The enemy retreat
becomes a rout -

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The uproar of battle dies
away. Over ground strewn
with the dead, Jack heads his
     plane for home.

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There before him - a 
 lone German plane -
heading straight for the
  American lines!

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"Jack!"

235
Only the hated Iron
Cross - only another
foe to be slain without 
      mercy -

236
"Jack - don't you know me?"

237
"He has not long to 
live. So young! Come,
    Monsieur -"

238
"I stole the plane - thought
maybe I could get across
      the lines -"

239
  "Dave - Dave! You're 
not badly hurt - I'll get
      a doctor -"

240
"If it were any use, myself
would have gone. It is
minutes only, Monsieur -"

241
"C'est la guerre!"

242
"Don't go, Jack! Just
stay here with me -
for a little while -"

243
"Oh, Dave, Dave - I was
trying to get just one 
more Heinie for you -"

244
"Don't, Jack - oh, please
don't - - it wasn't your
         fault."

245
"You didn't shoot me, 
Jack - you did bring
down - a Heinie ship
 - don't you see?"

246
"Dave, you know I didn't
mean - what I said about
the picture - don't you?"

247
"You - you know there
is nothing in the world
that means so much to
me as your friendship -"

248
"I knew it - - all the
       time - -"

249
"All - - set?"

250
Suddenly the clamor of
war is stilled.... the
iron grip is broken.... the
     smoke clears....

251
Home.... and a man
returning, where a 
boy had gone away....

252
"I-I wanted to hate you, 
John, but I can't. It
wasn't your fault. It
     was - war!"

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Memories....

254
"Mary - there's something 
I feel I ought to tell 
          you -"

255
"One night in Paris -"

256
"There was a girl - and I
forgot myself - I don't know
who she was - I never want
       to know."

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"- and then -"

258
"Remember - I saw the war,
too, Jack! And I can't blame -
anyone - for anything! What
happens from now on is all
that matters, isn't it, dear?"

259
"Do you know what you 
can do when you see a 
   shooting star?"

260
"You can kiss the girl 
      you love."

The End

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