Stories of the men of the RAF Hornet Squadron during the early days of World War II.
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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)
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 '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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2 October 1988 (UK)  »

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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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A very well developed production
17 March 2002 | by (Knoxville, TN) – See all my reviews

I recently purchased the DVD set and couldn't wait to begin "the show". I stayed up one night and watched the complete series with no breaks in between discs. I thoroughly enjoyed this series! I also appreciate the time spent by the writers and director to introduce you to the personal lives of the individual of the pilots, friends and wives. By the end of the series I felt that I had begun to know them personally and as a result, shared in the losses and the hurt felt by the surviving kin. I almost felt that I would miss them as well and would now face a time of grief and mourning. Shifting over to the technical side of the production, although aerial combat scenes and special effects have progressed tremendously over the years, I was very pleased with the amount of "air time". Also, as a historical research photographer, I am quite concerned about historical accuracy and authenticity for any "period" type production. And since I am not an expert or authority on a large majority of WWII, much less the RAF, I hope that most of the period clothing, equipment...considering many years have passed...is very close to the "real mccoy." And even if most of the clothing and equipment might not be exactly "period correct", I was pleased to see that the producers and director attempted to focus my attention on the contributions and sacrifices of the brave men who willingly gave of themselves for a cause.


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