Twelve O'Clock High

Season 2 Episode 22

Twenty-Fifth Mission

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Aired Friday 9:30 PM Feb 14, 1966 on ABC
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Twenty-Fifth Mission
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After completing On his 25th mission, Major Tom Parsons is going home. At Wing HQ General Britt is chewing out his Group Commander (Fred, Gallagher & ?). Sveringen is the production centre for the new ME-262 rocket powered fighter. They have tried to bomb several times and failed. Gallagher suggests nighttime precision bombing. Britt says the RAF have tried and failed. Gallagher suggests sending in a pathfinder to mark the target by dropping incendiaries on either side. Gallagher picks Parsons to fly the pathfinder mission; he refuses as he has completed his tour. At the officers club Parsons meets his former co-pilot Captain Cowley who has just got out of the hospital. Cowley asks about Parsons girl, Naomi. Is he taking her back to the States with him? Parsons is non-committal. Gallagher orders Cowley to fly the pathfinder mission and gets Parsons to train him. General Britt has been reviewing Parsons orders to rotate back the States; he finds that Parsons has only flown milk runs, every time there is a deep penetration mission he aborts. Britt is angry and finds that Parsons has comes up short on one of his missions, as the distance was to short to qualify. He needs to fly one more mission. The next mission is a diversion run over the Seine. Thinking the Major's luck has run out, all the gunners carry extra ammunition in addition to the full bomb load. Parson's has to abort. Not realizing why his plane blew an engine, back on the ground, an angry Parsons tries to slug his crew chief but slugs his bombardier instead.moreless

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  • A pilot has flown his 25th mission---or so he thinks.He finds out later he only flew his 24th,and he is recommended by Col.Gallagher for a mission to destroy factories making the first jets.moreless

    9.0
    This story is about Major Tom Parsons,a crack

    low-level bomber pilot,who thinks he has completed

    his 25th mission.He prepares to go home when

    Col.Gallagher,who has just witnessed a film of

    rocket powered fighters.He wants Parson's to fly

    a mission to destroy the factories building the

    fighters.But Parsons says he's flown his 25th

    mission.He trains another pilot,Bruce Cowley,

    to fly the mission.However,General Britt finds

    that Parsons has only flown 24 missions and must

    fly one more.He flies a "milk run" mission and

    an engine blows,forcing an abort.After the

    mission,at his girlfriend's,he keels over in pain

    from his stomach.It's psychosomatic,but very real.

    But Tom Parsons is determined to show he is not a

    coward and knocks Bruce Cowley senseless so that

    he can fly the mission at night.But his

    psychosomatic pain occurs during the mission and

    his co-pilot completes the bombing.But the plane

    gets so badly damaged from anti-aircraft cannons that the crew and Parsons bail out.The mission is

    a success,and Parsons,slightly wounded,is

    commended,and his assault on Cowley is forgiven.

    This is perhaps the most dramatic episode

    of 12 O'Clock High: the dangers from flak around

    the plane,the frequent orders given from Parsons,

    and the hits the plane takes add drama to this

    excellent episode.moreless
Bert Remsen

Bert Remsen

Sergeant Nero

Lew Gallo

Lew Gallo

Major Joseph Cobb (1964-65)

Barney Phillips

Barney Phillips

Major "Doc" Kaiser

Frank Overton

Frank Overton

Major Harvey Stovall

Hazel Court

Hazel Court

Liz

Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson

Technical Sergeant Alexander "Sandy" Komanski

Bradford Dillman

Bradford Dillman

Major Tom Parsons

Guest Star

Antoinette Bower

Antoinette Bower

Naomi Rockford

Guest Star

Don Galloway

Don Galloway

Captain Bruce Cowley

Guest Star

Tom Skerritt

Tom Skerritt

Lieutenant Paddy Gialella

Recurring Role

Robert Dornan

Robert Dornan

Captain Fowler

Recurring Role

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