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Battle of Britain

"It is Hard seeing chaps you had breakfast with not turn up for lunch."

- Harry Woods

Historical notes

- During the battle of Britain, the RAF was led by Air Vice-Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding

- The RAF was divide into four groups:

o Group 10 covered the West Country.

o Group 12 covered the area from London to York.

o Group 13 covered the remaining northern parts of England.

o Group 11 covered the South East, and was the most active

Group as it was the closest to France.

- Harry woods, although a fictional character, is described to be in

Group 11.

- England did have an advantage over the Nazi, they had R.D.F.

otherwise known as Radar.

Question

-How is Harry Woods relationship with his family affected by fly for the

RAF during world war two, particularly with his mother? -How does the death of his fellow pilots take a toll on Harry's morale?

-Who is Harry really fighting for?

Answer

Ever since Harry Woods was a child, he always wanted to fly. His father

was a doctor, and wanted Harry to follow him into medicine. His parents

weren't blatantly disappointed when he announced that he was going to

be an architect. Harry did still follow through with his dream of being a

pilot, he joined the RAF in 1939, the summer before World War 2. When

he was a child, Harry always used to watch the planes swoop across the

summer cornfields. One day, he saw a biplane that flew so low, it's wheels

almost brushed the top of the beech trees. The pilot cut across to the east,

and waved at him as he flew away. That was the moment that Harry had

decided to become a pilot.

Harry’s mother was not a fan of airplanes, flight, and most certainly not death.

As a result, she didn’t really approve of his occupation; she was very worried

all the time. She in fact was so worried that she suggested that her garden

should be turned into a bomb shelter, and she donated every single piece of

aluminium she had to the RAF, including Harry’s father’s fly fishing rods. This

of course was just so that she could believe that she was making a difference

on her part, and was also meant to be a symbol of how much she cared for

Harry.

Harry, having been flying for a long time has lost many friends who were

fellow pilots, you’d think he’d have a hard time dealing with that. Although

it must be hard to live through, Harry for the most part was unfazed by

casualties, probably trying not to think of it. He does however come out

and say “It is Hard seeing chaps you had breakfast with not turn up for

lunch”, this shows that he must be affected somewhat, but does not let it

consume his life. A good display of how his outlook has changed is when

he reads the RAF recruitment pamphlet, and is disgusted by how it does

not tell any of the horrific side of war really is, and could not ever bear

reading it again.

I could tell you that Harry was fighting for his king and country, but that

would be a lie. I could even tell you that he fought for his family, and not

entirely mean it. Harry fought for one thing and one thing only when he

was flying, himself. If he was flying into a dogfight, he didn’t have the time

or effort to think of his family, or his country. He could only think about

what he needed to do in order to survive, he was never worried about if he

was an effective pilot or not, all he cared about was making it back in one

piece. Of course, flying did not come without it’s benefits, there was plenty

of travelling involved, he flew the best plane there was at that time and

some of the WAAF’s (Womens Auxilary Air Force) weren’t too hard to look

at.


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