Minute 013: Just as if Nothing Happened


The B-17 arrives over Boone City.

“Boy, the home town hasn’t changed very much, has it?” asks Fred.

“No,” says Al.

“There’s the golf course!” says Fred. “People playing golf – – just as if nothing had ever happened.”

“Hey, there’s Jackson High football field!” says Homer. “Boy, I sure would like to have a dollar for every forward pass I threw down there.” Al looks at Homer, then at Fred, who returns the look.

“Good old Jackson High,” says Homer. He looks to the right side of the plane. “Hey, that must be the new airport!”

“Yeah, we’re turning into it now,” says Fred, looking over Homer’s shoulder.

“Holy smokes!” says Al. Fred whistles.

The B-17 turns above an airfield that’s filled with assorted bombers and fighter planes, stretching to the horizon.

“I never knew there were so many planes,” says Homer.

“And they’re junking them,” says Fred.

“No,” says Al.

“What?” says Homer.

“Boy, oh boy,” says Fred, looking at the aircraft armada below. “What we could have done with those in ’43…”

In This Episode:

  • Dana Andrews as Fred Derry
  • Frederic March as Al Stephenson
  • Harold Russell as Homer Parrish
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