The Way to the Stars

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Year:
1945
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This was an airfield

Now not a sound here

Empty

Empty hangars

The control tower

Once the very nerve centre of the airfield

and now

derelict

No more happy landings

The crew room

Telephone numbers scribbled on the wal

A pin -up girl

A name Johnny

A sign on the floor

Al that is left of people who lived here

And now sheep are returning to this English

fiel once mentibned in the Domesday Book

It was very different in

- Ok. Thanks, Shorty.

- Goodbye. Good luck.

Pilot Officer Penrose, sir?

- Yes

- Oh, l'm your batman, sir.

- Jones is the name

- Oh, right.

This is your chest of drawers, sir.

Flight Lieutenant Archdale,

he's been keeping a lot of his stuff in here, sir.

lf you speak to him nicely, he won't mind moving

them. He's a nice gentleman, Mr Archdale.

- That his tunic?

- Yes, sir. That's his best.

The one he wears when he goes into Shepley.

He's got a good reason for going into Shepley.

All the fuss he makes about his buttons

in the evening.

He got this DFC, sir, for that low-level do

over Rotterdam. l expect you read about it.

Yes, l did.

- ls there a raid on ?

- No, sir. Well, at least not here.

lt's over at Marston, seven miles away.

Jerry's been giving it to them all the morning.

Yes, l thought l heard

the sirens going in Shepley.

We don't take shelter for the sirens here.

But if you hear whistles being blown,

take my tip and run like a ruddy rabbit.

Jonesy, you silly clot!

You sent me dicing without my lighter.

l'm sorry, sir. l took it away to mend it. Won't take

a minute. l had no idea you were flying, sir.

l've just been up on air test and what happened?

l come into land, sideslip to miss

one of those damned bomb craters,

get caught up in someone else's slipstream

and ruddy nearly pranged the kite.

Bounced for ten minutes.

Lucky the CO didn't see it.

l'm ever so sorry, sir. l'll go and get it now.

- Mr Penrose, sir. He just got in.

- Oh, hello. l heard you were coming.

- My name's Archdale.

- Yes, l know.

l've taken up lots more room than l should.

l'll clear some stuff out.

- Don't bother. There's bags of room.

- They're putting you in my flight,"B" Flight.

- Straight from OTU, aren't you?

- Yes.

- What did they rate you, above average?

- No. Average.

Oh, well, we'll soon change all that.

There's a bit of a do on this afternoon.

lt's apt to get a bit chilly at 15,000.

l thought that daylight Blenheims

were doing low-level jobs.

All levels. All jobs. Nothing a Blenheim

won't do, if you treat her right.

- Here you are, sir.

- Ah, thank you, Jonesy.

St Christopher?

Sort of. Yes.

Now, what are we going to do

with all this stuff of mine?

l don't know, sir. Unless l could pinch a chest

of drawers from that Mr Thompson's room.

- The one that bought it yesterday.

- Good idea.

What's that thing mean ?

l got it in a Jerry train in peacetime.

lt means...

""Under the washbasin there finds itself a pot ""

l looked under the washbasin and there didn't

find itself any such thing, so l pinched it.

The sentiment's a bit crude, but it's decorative.

That's Halfpenny Field. Come on, quick!

- Where are the Hurries from?

- Local defence. Attached to us.

- Bad chance, three against 30.

- Oh, l don't know.

- Hello, Tiny.

- Hello, David.

Frankly, l'm scared.

l don't like them as close as this.

This is Penrose, just joined the Squadron.

Tiny Williams, controller, shocking type.

- How do you do?

- How do you do?

l thought l heard something.

Let's get to the shelter.

Right through to the end.

Come on. Don't jam the doorway. Hurry up.

- Where did that one fall?

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