"When I got in the airplane, the wind was blowing across the deck so hard I couldn't hardly stand up," said David Thatcher, 91, an engineer-gunner on Crew No. 7.
"That was one of the worst movies they've made. That's all Hollywood," Mr. Thatcher said. "They invited us over to Pearl Harbor to see the premiere showing on board an aircraft carrier. They had a 60-by-90-foot screen on that thing to show it. The Pearl Harbor survivors, about 50 of them, said it was nothing like that. They just blew it out of proportion."