Factual error: In the opening scene, two individuals display patches for the 13th Air Force on the left shoulder of their jackets. Zamperini and his crew were part of the 7th Air Force.
Continuity mistake: In long shot where Lou is holding a railroad tie over his head it is turned long edge pointed up, then when the shot returns to a close up it is flat.
Factual error: At the end of the movie, when Louis Zamperini returns home from captivity by the Japanese, the plane he emerges from has the early World War II American insignia with the red "meatball" dot in the center of the white star. This was quickly removed when the Japanese entered the war, because the red dot could easily be confused with the "rising sun" emblem on Japanese aircraft. By the time Zamperini was released (1945), the American star had no red dot. (02:09:05)