Espoir, sierra de Teruel
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International title : Man's Hope
Alternative title : Days of Hope
Andrés Mejuto (Capitan Munoz)
Nicolás Rodríguez (Pilot Marquez)
José Sempere (Commandant Pena)
Pedro Codina (Schreiner, pilot of the DH-87)
José Lado (the peasant)
At Teruel, the Fronte Popular troops try to blocade the Nationalists. They need to blow up the bridge. In the meantime, Republicans set up a bombing raid to destroy the hidden ennemy airbase, following the data given by a peasant. But lack of supplies forbidden a fighter escort.
Movie made in 1938 on real republican airbase but finished only in 1939 with some models. Never seen before 1945.
First, a model.
One the two Potez 540 M5 used for the movie.
Most of the inside views are from a size 1:1 model too wider (or a scrapped airframe which right side has been peeled off ?).
Between the navigator (in the foreground) and the peasant (at left), the two pilots positioned in tandem.
Same aircraft (but flipped) in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.
Four Bloch 210 were used by Republicans. In 1938, this one was awaiting repair following damage to the undercarriage and its right wing (missing here).
The Captain is saying : "this one was shoot down yesterday ... a Breda ..." (Breda is not among the subtitles). Of the 23 Breda Ba.65s sent to Spain, 12 had been lost in the course of the Civil War. It could be another type of Breda or Caproni A.P.1 or something else ?
Finding the hidden ennemy airfield.
Bombing the ennemy aircraft.
Perhaps the personnal aircraft of the famous pilot Cavalli using fumes to underline his skill.
Attacking fighters are illustrated by an aerobatic team taken during meeting in the prewar years. Colors are those of the Patrouille d'Etampes (which led after war to the famous Patrouille de France).
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.
Archive document on Nationalists Spannish air forces, using CR.32.