Stories of the men of the RAF Hornet Squadron during the early days of World War II.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
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 'Moggy' Cattermole (6 episodes, 1988)
George Anton ...
 'Pip' Patterson (6 episodes, 1988)
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 Chris Hart (6 episodes, 1988)
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 'Fitz' Fitzgerald (6 episodes, 1988)
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 'Flash' Gordon (6 episodes, 1988)
David Horovitch ...
 'Uncle' Kellaway (6 episodes, 1988)
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 'Skull' Skelton (6 episodes, 1988)
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 Air Commodore Bletchley (6 episodes, 1988)
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 'Fanny' Barton (5 episodes, 1988)
Gerard O'Hare ...
 'Flip' Moran (5 episodes, 1988)
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 Squadron Leader Rex (4 episodes, 1988)
Patrick Bailey ...
 'Mother' Cox (4 episodes, 1988)
Gordon Lovitt ...
 'Sticky' Stickwell (4 episodes, 1988)
Helena Michell ...
 Mary (4 episodes, 1988)
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 'Micky' Marriott (3 episodes, 1988)
John Bleasdale ...
 L.A.C. Gullett (3 episodes, 1988)
Corinne Dacla ...
 Nicole (3 episodes, 1988)
Tom Radcliffe ...
 'Dicky' Starr (2 episodes, 1988)
Julian Gartside ...
 'Amanda' Steele-Stebbing (2 episodes, 1988)
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 'Moke' Miller (2 episodes, 1988)
Tomasz Borkowy ...
 'Zaddy' Zardarnowski (2 episodes, 1988)
Jason Calder ...
 Pilot Officer Trevelyan (2 episodes, 1988)
Ned Vukovic ...
 'Haddy' Haducek (2 episodes, 1988)
Simon Adams ...
 'Bing' MacFarlane (2 episodes, 1988)
Richard Hague ...
 Corporal (2 episodes, 1988)
Daniel André Pageon ...
 Henri (2 episodes, 1988)
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The lives and loves of the men of RAF Hornet Squadron who are transferred to France at the outbreak of World Wat II in September 1939. For the most part the men are competent fliers but there is little action in the first several months. The men wile away their time with some engaging in dangerous stunts while others woo some of the local lasses. The phony war comes to an end in April 1940 and the Battle of Britain begins. By September that year, few of them are left and despite their success, few see themselves as heroes. Written by garykmcd

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All of the Spitfires used had propellers that had 4 blades. During the Battle of Britain (when this series takes place), Spitfires used propellers that had only 3 blades. See more »

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[Bletchley, Fanny, Uncle and Skull are having a discussion about the shooting down of Red Cross rescue planes]
'Skull' Skelton: Far be it for me to question Fighter Command's orders.
Air Commodore Bletchley: But I'm sure you will?
'Skull' Skelton: Not at all, sir. But if the Luftwaffe has planes that can pinpoint pilots in the channel, why not us?
Air Commodore Bletchley: We're not supposed to think of everything you know.
'Skull' Skelton: Ah, sir.
Air Commodore Bletchley: Does that answer your question?
'Skull' Skelton: Absolutely, sir.
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Best 300 minutes ever
13 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I must say I really enjoyed every moment when I watched the whole series after buying the DVD-Box. The Music is beautifully, brilliantly fantastic. The production makes the feeling of a school class where the boys in the group are drawn to certain small gangs within the group. Some of them are really close friends while some seem like sworn enemies. It is so exiting to follow them in their journey from unexperienced boys to become real fighters. They do not really understand the seriousness until they are drawn into real action.

The American (Boid Gains) does a really good job here, I can't understand why he wasn't used more in Hollywood after his brilliant performance in this successful masterpiece of TV production.

Neil Dudgeon is fabulous and why didn't Jeremy Northam and Nathaniel Parker get more of their recognition from Piece of Cake I wonder.

I don't really fancy WW2 war birds and that sort of military stuff but I really loved this mini series. So I suppose you don't have to be a "flyboy freak" to enjoy this mini series.


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