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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During April to September 1939, The NS unit codes seen on the Spitfires at the start of the episode were allocated to 159 Squadron, which didn't actually exist until it was formed with Liberator bombers at Molesworth on 2nd January 1942. See more
Are we going to have you for the rest of the war?
Unless I get a better offer from Goering, old boy.
Written by Johann Martini
(sung at French reception) See more