"Bloody Good Show (Part II)": Battler Britton ask the Americans Captain Anderson and Plowman for permission in piloting one of the P-40 Warhawks to see how it handles. He gains their permission and flies around the airstrip. Taff, one of Britton's men, reveals Britton's story to the Americans th
Appearing in "Bloody Good Show (Part II)"
- Major Tex Gilhooley
- Captain Anderson
- Captain Plowman (Dies)
- Bristol Beaufighter
- Curtiss P-40 Warhawks
- Messerschmitt Bf 109
- Junkers Ju 87 "Stuka"
Synopsis for "Bloody Good Show (Part II)"
Battler Britton ask the Americans Captain Anderson and Plowman for permission in piloting one of the P-40 Warhawks to see how it handles. He gains their permission and flies around the airstrip. Taff, one of Britton's men, reveals Britton's story to the Americans that his boss was the greatest pilot his squadron has as he was the one who improved the Desert Air Force's bombing record and recommended in using Beaufighters suitable for bombing raids. The men then switch their concerns of their risky task of being within German lines, in which Taff only reassures that the desert is too vast for anyone to see their squadrons as long as they're careful. Suddenly, Britton makes a low flyby in which his P-40 narrowly nicks Major Gilhooley's - who was shaving - one of his front teeth out. Battler then lands the plane and finds himself confront by an agitated Gilhooley (now speaking in a lisp), who is not please in seeing him flying the P-40. However, Britton lectures him that he needs to know the tactical assessment on the P-40 and conclude that it needs better tactics to fight against the more superior Messerschmitt 109. But Gilhooley tells him that the 107th doesn't need the tactical advice before leaving. After this, Taff talks to Britton about Gilhooley while he was talking to Anderson and Pillowman that the major suggest he never had any combat experience since he was captain in 1939 and that his promotion to his current rank was due to his predecessor was missing in action after flying into a sandstorm. Which is the reason the more veteran 399 Squadron is lumbered with the 107th was due to Gilhooley's inexperience.
The 399 and the 107th begin their attack on a German airfield at Beda Masi and come out with success in contrast to their previous battle. The squadrons proceed on their next flight and encounter a brewing sandstorm. They are force to fly above the storm and unexpectedly find a squadron of German Stukas without any fighter escort. The squadrons proceed to shoot down the Stukas. During the dogfight, Captain Plowman flew too close to his kill and is blinded from the damage to his plane and only to have himself colliding into another P-40, which kill him and the other pilot.
That night, Britton approach Gilhooley to share his sympathies for the loss of Plowman and the other pilot. Gilhooley is depress that his friend only died for nothing and his difficulty of writing to Plowman's family regarding to his death. Britton give comfort to him that he should write to them of what contribution Plowman made to the squadron and that he only died fighting to the end. However, Gilhooley points out to him that it is not the whole truth in which Britton reply that the whole truth is "unthinkable" and tells Gilhooley that he could take a drink to drown down his guilt, forget it never happen, or taking his anger on the Germans. Finally, Britton gives his recommendation that Gilhooley do whatever he can to lead and that this is what being a C.O. means, as this day's battle is only the beginning for him.
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