Wednesday, November 28, 2012

12 O'Clock High - "Crosshairs on Death" (1966)

In this episode of the beloved WWII drama, James Franciscus plays Thomas Carpenter, a former Air Force pilot dishonorably discharged after failing out of flight training for insubordination, who travels to England, steals a uniform from a military supply, and masquerades as a pilot. He serves as a co-pilot on several missions, hoping to take command of a bomber in order to perform at least one mission that will, in some way or other, make up for his past failure. As suspicions mount and he is about to be found out, Carpenter goes to ever more extreme lengths to accomplish his mission of personal redemption.

This episode is commonly regarded as one of the top 10 episodes of 12 O'Clock High.