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
Damn good show, Fanny!
I think we recruited ourselves rather well!
You got the first kill! Do you realise that? HORNET got the first kill!
Written by Johann Martini
(sung at French reception) See more