This remarkable film dramatization was used in World War 2 to train US aircrew on how to survive a crash landing in the desert. After getting really shot up, Army Air Force B-24 Liberator "Pippin" lands 400 miles from their nearest base, 60 miles from the nearest watering hole, on the desolate sands of North Africa. Two of the crew are wounded and temperatures hit 130 degrees F during the day. Their radio is out and they forgot to bring critical emergency supplies, figuring they wouldn't need them. What follows is a text book case on how to make it out of the desert. You'll see how to turn a B-24 into a liveable survival shelter, strip your aircraft of useful parts,set up and maintain beacon fires day and at night, learn from the Arabs on how to dress and drink in the desert, build and mark a rescue landing strip, ration food, water and supplies, deal with the hot sun & dehydration and a lot more.
You should stay with your ship for three days, but if you're not spotted by then, it may be a good idea to send a couple of guys for water and help, so you'll learn how to trek across the desert through sand storms and blistering heat. All this is shown in dramatic 1940s "film noire" fashion, featuring a cast of notable character actors including Craig "Peter Gunn" Stevens, also to be seen in "How to fly the B-26" and "Recognition of the Japanese Zero."