Damned Good Show

Damned Good Show They had joined an organisation that advertised itself as the best flying club in the world Now the young pilots of Squadron are flung into battle over Germany where their training tactics and ai

  • Title: Damned Good Show
  • Author: Derek Robinson
  • ISBN: 9780304363100
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Hardcover
  • They had joined an organisation that advertised itself as the best flying club in the world Now the young pilots of 409 Squadron are flung into battle over Germany where their training, tactics and aircraft are all found sadly wanting The spirit of the gentleman amateur flickers and dies in the harsh glare of searchlights over the Ruhr We see the reality of war chaosThey had joined an organisation that advertised itself as the best flying club in the world Now the young pilots of 409 Squadron are flung into battle over Germany where their training, tactics and aircraft are all found sadly wanting The spirit of the gentleman amateur flickers and dies in the harsh glare of searchlights over the Ruhr We see the reality of war chaos, cock up and comradeship in equal measure Derek Robinson reinforces his reputation as the best aviation fiction writer in the business with this tragi comic story.

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    About "Derek Robinson"

    1. Derek Robinson

      Derek Robinson is a British author best known for his military aviation novels full of black humour He has also written several books on some of the sordid events in the history of Bristol, his home town, as well as guides to rugby He was nominated for the Booker Prize in 1971 for his first novel, Goshawk Squadron After attending Cotham Grammar School, Robinson served in the Royal Air Force as a fighter plotter, during his National Service He has a History degree from Cambridge University, where he attended Downing College, has worked in advertising in the UK and the US and as a broadcaster on radio and television He was a qualified rugby referee for over thirty years and is a life member of Bristol Society of Rugby Referees He was married in 1964

    949 thoughts on “Damned Good Show”

    1. This was a disappointment! Mr Robinson seems to have a low opinion of RAF officers. I don't think this story is a true depiction of RAF types of that era. I know some were like this and they were not all fair haired blue eyed boys doing the right thing and having a wizard prang. However, having spent more years then I care to remember wearing a blue suit (!) I was fortunate in being trained as a cadet by the men who survived the war. Most of them were ex bomber pilots/navigators/engineers/bomb-a [...]


    2. Surprisingly funny: April 1, 1940 began with a Tannoy message that crackled and droned throughout the camp as men walked to breakfast. "Attention. All code-letters for aircraft have been changed in order to improve communications with the French Air Force. With immediate effect, A-Able is changed to A-Ingénieux and B-Baker to B-Boulanger. C-Charlie has been deleted. D-Dog is now D-Chien. E-Easy is E-Facile, et cetra. A full list is being circulated. Anyone requiring assistance with French pronu [...]


    3. Because I wanted to read more of this author after his 'Piece of Cake'.Loved it and contrary to many deem Damn Good Show better than PoC. The author has grown and presented us with a lot less characters to remember and they are easier to identify with.I was really sorry when I realised that the book had ended half way the war!



    4. Damned Good Show is about RAF Bomber Command in the early years of the Second World War. The main characters are straight out of a 1950s WW2 film like Angles One Five. They talk about kites, prangs, damned good show and so on which, given that many early pilots came from a public school background, was probably how they did talk. Most people seem to have a nickname. The book is full of well-drawn characters, decent action sequences and lots of death.The humour is often of the gallows variety "do [...]


    5. Set in the early years of the British bombing campaign of World War Two, ‘Damned Good Show’ tells the story of a fictional bomber squadron flying Hampden and Wellington bombers. Robinson seems to know his stuff and the book feels very authentic, right down to the planes’ individual flying characteristics. Rather than tell the story through a single hero, he creates a handful of main characters, and it is very difficult to predict which of them will survive to the end. I found these charact [...]


    6. Derek Robinson is one of my favorite writers and his Piece of Cake and Good Clean Fight are masterpieces of RAF combat aviation during the early part of World War II. The former captures Hornet Squadron during the Battle for France and Battle of Britain. The latter picks up a reconstituted Hornet Squadron as part of the Western Desert Air Force in 1942 and combines flying my favorite early-war fighter, the P-40, with equally an realistic and fascinating account of the long-range desert patrols t [...]


    7. Early WW2 in bomber command, the planes are not up to the task but Britain has no other way of attacking the Nazis. Derek Robinson continues with his quirky, gritty, irreverent writing. I like his style; the main characters seem callous and their interactions unbelievable at times, but then it allows the author to make some insightful comments on the futility and pity of war.One of those books that you don’t want to reach the end of; luckily he’s written plenty more.


    8. Another great novel about aerial warfare in WW II. This book is set in the first year of the war. Subject is bomber squads. They were flying in Hampdens and Wellingtons. More info on RAF bomber command here: enpedia/wiki/RAF_Bomb


    9. Standard Robinson fare; he keeps you on the edge of your seat wandering who's for the chop next. But surely someone, somewhere was doing a good job or was it all a disaster?


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