Midway

New this month Factual error: A couple of scenes show Japanese planes diving into US carriers. Kamikaze planes never struck until late 1944.

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New this month Suggested correction: Planes diving into US ships doesn't make them kamikaze planes, who are specially fitted to be a flying bomb. They just had a damaged plane and decide to sacrifice themselves to hurt their enemy, even American pilots did that.

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New this month Suggested correction: When their aircraft was hit and too badly damaged to return to base, Japanese pilots would crash dive them into any available target. This happened during the attack on Pearl Harbour when at least two pilots of severely damaged aircraft crashed them into aircraft hangars, and that was in 1941. While not "officially" kamikaze they were still suicide bombers.

Factual error: American carriers did not have angled decks until after W.W.II.

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Factual error: When we see Midway before the Japanese attack the US flags that are flying have 50 stars on them, instead of 48 as there should have been at the time.

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Factual error: Several shots identifying the American and Japanese carriers are actually those of late W.W.II and Korean War era Essex-class carriers.

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Factual error: During the Battle of the Coral Sea, an admiral orders that the TBD's (Torpedo Bomber, Douglas) be launched. The planes launched, however, are TBF's (Torpedo Bomber, Grumman), which look nothing like a TBD.

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Factual error: There are numerous shots of stock footage showing planes that weren't in service at the time of Midway, notably the Corsair, which didn't see carrier service until 1944, as well as the Helldiver, the Hellcat, etc.

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Factual error: The plane that Charlton Heston crashes onto the deck, at the end of the film, is a jet, not yet made during the 40's.

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Factual error: Some of the stock footage used in the battle sequences are actually just out-takes from the movie The Battle of Britain. Long shots showing dogfighting planes from that movie appear several times during Midway's combat scenes. In the torpedo attack on the Yorktown, one of the burning Japanese bombers is actually, on closer inspection, a German Heinkel, another borrowed shot from the B.O.B.

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Factual error: One scene shows a American battleship shooting down Japanese planes attacking the Yorktown. At Midway, which was less than 6 months after Pearl Harbor, the Pacific Fleet had no battleships in service. Very quick shot, blink and you miss it.

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In the final scene where Fonda and Holbrook are looking over the carrier at the crowds on the dock you can see that only the first rows of people are dressed in period clothes, the rest of the crowd are dressed as they would have in 1976 when the film was made.

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Trivia

The film-makers only had three vintage US aircraft for the production, namely two F4F Wildcat fighters and a PBY Catalina search plane. All of the other aircraft that appear are from either wartime footage or from previous war movies.

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