Goshawk Squadron, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


World War One pilots were the knights of the sky, and the press and public idolised them as gallant young heroes.

At just twenty-three, Major Stanley Woolley is the old man and commanding officer of Goshawk Squadron.

He abhors any notion of chivalry in the clouds and is determined to obliterate the decent, gentlemanly outlook of his young, public school-educated pilots - for their own good.

But as the war goes on he is forced to throw greener and greener pilots into the meat grinder.

Goshawk Squadron finds its gallows humour and black camaraderie no defence against a Spandau bullet to the back of the head.




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It is Woolley. Just needed to correct that spelling after the other reviewers' attempts! A brutal telling of the story of the RFC during the final months of the war in 1918. These men are young and under very little illusion that they could be shot dead at any moment in the sky. Therefore we receive snapshots of their dogfights and also interestingly their recreational time which in one scene in particular is actually more shocking than the fighting itself! Definitely NOT Biggles!

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