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




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Series cast summary:
George Anton ...
 'Pip' Patterson 6 episodes, 1988
 'Fitz' Fitzgerald 6 episodes, 1988
 'Flash' Gordon 6 episodes, 1988
Gerard O'Hare ...
 'Flip' Moran 5 episodes, 1988
 Squadron Leader Rex 4 episodes, 1988
Patrick Bailey ...
Gordon Lovitt ...
Helena Michell ...
 'Micky' Marriott 3 episodes, 1988
John Bleasdale ...
 L.A.C. Gullett 3 episodes, 1988
Corinne Dacla ...
Tom Radcliffe ...
 'Dicky' Starr 2 episodes, 1988
Julian Gartside ...
 'Amanda' Steele-Stebbing 2 episodes, 1988
 '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 ...


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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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 »


Air Commodore Bletchley: Didn't somebody say that war is a nasty business? Quite good for promotion, though.
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Seen it some years ago
17 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

I saw this series some years ago. First I didn't like that there were modern Spitfires with four-bladed props (lately I've heard that there were Hurricanes in the book). But, then I felt the realism and saw the powerful scenes where the pilots are lost one at a time in the air. There are many powerful scenes on the ground as well not to be forgotten.

It's a story about a group of men that changes totally. We have the serious people like "Fitz" and "Flip" We have the serious man who becomes a maniac "Flash" We have the chicken man who refuse to fly "Pip" We have the responsible leader "Fanny" And we also have a person who never changes "Moggy" and many more and new faces in part 5,6.

I give this series 10(10) it's worth it.

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