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AARP members can watch “Journey to Royal: A WWII Rescue Mission” through June 8, 2023. Video run time is 1 hour, 30 minutes.


‘Journey to Royal’ Showcases the Valor of World War II Squadron

Gripping cinematography takes us on a heart-wrenching journey to rescue airmen

Journey to Royal: A WWII Rescue Mission follows the story of Lt. Royal Stratton, a World War II rescue pilot with the 4th Emergency Rescue Squadron who died while saving the lives of nine downed airmen in the open ocean of a war-torn South Pacific. Two generations later, Stratton's great-nephew, filmmaker Christopher Johnson, embarks on an international quest to unlock history and reveal the circumstances of that fateful event with recreations of epic proportions.

Immersive cinematography and gripping action mixed with firsthand accounts and historical images showcase the valor of this squadron who faced overwhelming odds to bring their brothers home.

Director: Christopher Johnson

Featuring: Christopher Johnson, Mariana Tosca, Earl Holliman

Language: English

Run time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Release date: 2021

MPAA rating: NR, documentary

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