As Britain declares war on Germany in September 1939, the RAF's Hornet squadron is in good shape for their upcoming transfer to France. They have been together for a year and are, all in all, good pilots. The squadron has come under the command of Squadron Leader Rex whose predecessor died in a bizarre accident on the ground. One of the pilots, 'Fanny' Barton, come face to face with the reality of war when he learns that the JU-88 he shot down was actually an RAF plane. Once in France, the men settle into their new billet, a French château. They get a warm welcome from the locals and one of the pilots, 'Moggy" Cattermole, even flies his plane under a bridge. The squadron also welcomes a new pilot, American Christopher Hart. Written by
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Spitfires were not deployed to France in 1939-40. Fighter Command chief Hugh "Stuffy" Dowding sent the more numerous Hawker Hurricanes. See more
Squadron Leader Rex
The French think they invented flying, wine, and sex. A quick course in aircraft recognition might come in handy. They have some very strange aeroplanes. No matter how tempting they may be, please, please, don't shoot them down. They're on our side. As for wine, the French are appalling alcoholics. If somebody offers you a drink, take it. You'll be doing them a favor. Sex? The ladies are staggeringly attractive. You are officers and gentlemen. If you must fornicate, at least take off your shoes...
Whispering Grass (Don't Tell The Trees)
Lyrics by Fred Fisher
Music by Doris Fisher
(Moggy sings along in cockpit) See more