A story of love, loyalty and desire set at the height of the Second World War. In a country house hotel on the edge of R.A.F. Bomber Command airfield, the women wait for news of their husbands return from a dangerous bombing mission behind enemy lines.
The lives of a newly married R.A.F. bomber pilot and his actress wife, Patricia, are thrown into upheaval by the unexpected night mission. The arrival of Peter Kyle, a Hollywood star, and the outcome of the night raid on Germany, throws up a conflict of love and duty for Patricia. With life and relationships hanging in the balance, will the lights of the flare path welcome the courageous airmen back home?
Based on Rattigan’s own experiences as a tail gunner in the RAF during the Second World War, he later reworked Flare Path into a screenplay and in 1954 the re-titled The Way to the Stars starring Michael Redgrave was released.