They joined an R.A.F known as qthe best flying club in the worldq, but when war pitches the young pilots of 409 Squadron into battle over Germany, their training, tactics and equipment are soon found wanting, their twin-engined bombers obsolete from the off. Chances of completing a 30-operation tour? One in three. At best. 409's gung-ho spirit never dies but it takes a beating in the flak, fighters and searchlights over the Ruhr... Robinson's crooked salute to the dogged heroes of the R.A.F.'s early bombing campaign is a wickedly humourous portrait of men doing their duty in flying death-traps, fully aware, in those dark days of war, there was nothing else to do but dig in and hang on.a#39;Dafter things than that are going to happen before this waris over, a#39; he told Bins as they sat down to porridge and kippers. a#39;You cana#39;t stop progress, a#39; Bins said. He had no time for practical jokes. He was more interested in the Times crossword. ... a#39;It brought me nothing but trouble, a#39; he said, a#39;and look what happened to Black Mac. ... The first two crews to betaken totheir Hampdens by Bentley were on Nickel ops. The Met mana#39;s predictions turned sour, and fog covered much of Europe.
|Title||:||Damned Good Show|
|Publisher||:||Hachette UK - 2011-10-01|