The opening of this movie is unforgetable.
A middle-age man is riding a bicyle through the English countryside. He stops along the road and looks into a field with grass barely hiding the broken asphalt. Then you being to see the grass waving in the prop wash of unseen airplanes. Then the sound of engines growing stronger. Finally you are taken into the WWII airfield with bombers starting their engines for takeoff to targets in Europe.
I don't remember the year this was filmed, but that opening has remained with me!