At the end of January 2020, UCM.ONE releases the war film “Dauntless: The Battle of Midway” (German title: “Schlacht um Midway – Entscheidung im Pazifik“) by Mike Philipps on the film label “M-Square Pictures” in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The film begins with large battle scenes in which the crew of a U.S. Navy dive bomber has to make an emergency landing after they have decisively hit a Japanese aircraft carrier and then come under fire themselves. Held afloat only by their life jackets, pilot Norman Vandivier (Jade Willey) and his seriously injured gunner Lee Keaney (John Enick) drift hundreds of miles away from their fleet in the cold Pacific Ocean.

While they fight for their survival and try not to attract the attention of the Japanese, nor to be eaten by the sharks, the Navy leadership with Admiral Spruance (Judd Nelson) and Commander Browning (C. Thomas Howell), in view of the ongoing battles, disagree about the rescue measures and valuable time passes …

The film is based on the events of the Battle of the Midway Islands, which decided the Pacific War.  However, the Navy soldier Norman Vandivier and his gunner Lee Keaney were never found despite days of searching by the Navy, unlike in the film. They were declared dead and Vandivier was posthumously awarded the “Navy Cross“.

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