Twelve O'Clock High Ending PTSD Scene

In this scene toward the end of the movie, Brigadier General Frank Savage (Gregory Peck), commander of the 918th Bomb Group, is ordered to lead a mission to bomb a ball bearing factory, a target they had already attempted with brutal results. Savage finds himself unable to pull himself up into his B-17 bomber, telling a fellow airman that his arms won't work. He becomes frantic and tries to run toward the bombers to stop them from taking off before degrading into a catatonic state. Only after the bombers return from their mission is he able to find some peace and fall asleep. This Twelve O'Clock High scene is an early depiction of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in combat pilots, then often referred to as combat fatigue. Related Article: Masters of the Air: History vs. Hollywood

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