This film, which was first released in 1943, was based on a factual raid on a Japanese held stronghold. This raid was done in the same spirit of Doolittle's Raid on Tokyo: a message to Hirohito that we could also hit them, and hit them hard. (He obviously did NOT get the message.) This movie is definitely a product of its time, as shown by the valor of our side and the uncaring feeling of the enemy. While this was true to some extent, it is definitely hyped in the movie. Again, you have to take into account the feelings of the time. I recall discussing the propaganda cartoons of this era with a much younger co-worker in one job I had, and she was complaining about the stereotypical portrayal of the enemy. I told her that they were doing to same for us, and that these cartoons merely reflected the feelings of that time.
Despite this, I still love this movie and the characters in it. It definitely portrays both sides of the coin: the bravery and valor, and the fact that not everyone made it back. It's a well done film, and maybe I was lucky, cause I got a good copy. I still recommend it to anyone who micht be interested in films of this era.