Journey Together

Journey Together (1945) is a British drama war film directed by John Boulting and starring Richard Attenborough, Jack Watling, and David Tomlinson.[1] In the film, two Englishmen (Attenborough and Watling) become friends and train with the Royal Air Force, ending with a bombing raid on Berlin. It is also Boulting's film directorial debut.

Journey Together
Directed byJohn Boulting
Produced byJohn Boulting
Written byJohn Boulting
Terence Rattigan
StarringRichard Attenborough
Jack Watling
David Tomlinson
Music byGordon Jacob
CinematographyHarry Waxman
Edited byReginald Beck
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • 1 October 1945 (1945-10-01) (UK)
  • 3 March 1946 (1946-03-03) (U.S.)
Running time
95 minutes (UK version)
80 minutes (U.S. version)
CountryUnited Kingdom


Two RAF aircrew cadets, Jack Wilton (Richard Attenborough) and John Aynesworth (Jack Watling) become friends. A friendly rivalry develops between the two while they are training, and it ends in a bet. They both pass their initial training and are sent to the United States for more advanced instruction. However, once there, it becomes clear that Corporal Wilton, while he is otherwise a great pilot, cannot land a plane because of his inability to judge height. Wilton is devastated, and the feeling worsens when he sees that Aynesworth is a natural pilot. Aynesworth proceeds with his pilot's training, and Wilton is sent up to Canada to be trained as a navigator instead.

He turns out to be a good navigator, but he shows no interest in his training, and falls behind his peers. Then, on a practice flight, through the connivance of his trainer and Aynesworth, he realizes how important his job is. After graduating, he serves as navigator to Aynesworth on a bombing operation. During the raid, the plane is hit and begins to lose fuel; Wilton must demonstrate everything he learned when they have to land in the sea and he communicates their position. It turns out that he perfectly calculated their position, and the rescue plane quickly finds them.



According to Kinematograph Weekly, the film performed well at the British box office in 1945.[3]


  1. "Journey Together (1945)". BFI.
  2. Gifford, Denis, ed. (1 April 2016). British Film Catalogue. 2. Routledge. p. 530. ISBN 978-1-317-74063-6.
  3. Murphy, Robert (2 September 2003). Realism and Tinsel: Cinema and Society in Britain 1939–48. Routledge. p. 208. ISBN 978-1-134-90150-0.

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