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 ...
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 »


[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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Great television
14 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

Very good mini-series, but it falls a bit short of the excellent book by Derek Robinson. Air combat sequences are taken from the film "Battle of Britain". The acting is very good across the board, however, I'd like to see some more character development and lines for a few of the characters. See the film, but read the book as well. Also recommended are Derek Robinson's "Hornet's Sting", "Goshawk Squadron", and "A Good Clean Fight".

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