The Dawn Patrol is a 1938 war drama written by Seton I. Miller and directed by Edmund Goulding. It is a remake of the 1930 film of the same name. Set in France during World War I. The Dawn Patrol tells the story of Major Brand (Basil Rathbone), the commander of the 39th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. The men of the 39th Squadron are suffering a horrific rate of attrition. They are flying poorly constructed and often damaged aircraft into combat. Major Brand's efforts to convince headquarters to change tactics falls on deaf ears. To complicate matters, dissent is growing in the ranks. Led by the brass, aggressive borderline insubordinate combat ace, Captain Courtney (Errol Flynn) the men of the squadron near revolt. When Courtney is unexpectedly thrust into the command role, he quickly realizes that the challenges involved in leadership during wartime. Dawn Patrol also features David Niven, Donald Crisp and Melville Cooper.