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They Flew Alone
They Flew Alone DVD cover.jpg
British DVD cover from 2010
Directed byHerbert Wilcox
Screenplay byMiles Malleson
Story byViscount Castlerosse
Produced byHerbert Wilcox
StarringAnna Neagle
Robert Newton
Edward Chapman
CinematographyMutz Greenbaum
Edited byGeoffrey Foot
Music byWilliam Alwyn
Herbert Wilcox Productions
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • 29 June 1942 (1942-06-29) (UK)
  • 18 September 1942 (1942-09-18) (US)
Running time
103 minutes (UK)
94 minutes (US)
CountryUnited Kingdom

They Flew Alone (released in the US as Wings and the Woman) is a 1942 British biopic about aviator Amy Johnson directed and produced by Herbert Wilcox and starring Anna Neagle, Robert Newton and Edward Chapman. It was distributed in the UK and the US by RKO Radio Pictures.


The film chronicles the life of Amy Johnson, the British pilot who had gained world attention in the 1930s for her exploits, among them two solo record flights from London to Cape Town in South Africa, and who had joined the Air Transport Auxiliary at the outbreak of the Second World War. It was intended to be both a film honouring Johnson, who had died in 1941 during a ferry flight of an Airspeed Oxford, and a propaganda call to arms at the height of the war years.