Journey to Royal: A WWII Rescue Mission (2021)

“I like that old saying that says a person never dies until the last person that remembers that person dies.” – Cindy Sheehan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Docudrama about a successful mission to rescue a downed plan and its crew in the Pacific during World War II.

My Take on it – Great documentary that tells the story of the 4th Emergency Rescue Squadron who worked in the Pacific flying rescue missions every day to pick up the crews of downed panes.

The story is told both as a dramatic retelling of the story and as a documentary which has many interviews with many of the surviving members of this rescue squad.

This is both hit and miss because on the one hand it helps explain what really happened, but the cheesy acting doesn’t make it feel realistic enough.

The film tells the tragic story of how one of the best pilots refused to abort a rescue mission and ended up losing his life while saving an entire crew.

The film is filled with so many little known facts about this kind of squadron and why they were integral to the war effort due to their vigilance and their ability to succeed against very dangerous odds.

The interviews with the former crew members and their families is quite uplifting to view and hes give a more personal look at these men and their heroic deeds so many years ago.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 4th EMERGENCY RESCUE SQUADRON Statistics: 862 Rescue Missions. 6000 Hours Flying Time. 89 Direct Rescues.
487 Assisted Rescues. 576 Total Lives Saved. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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