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ID
b161
Title
"No Trouble At All."
Genre
Story
Page Count
7
Word Count
1790
Publication Year
1942
Document Types
First-Person Narratives
Flying Officer X Byline
Topics
Pilots, War

A "Flying Officer X" story that depicts the atmosphere in an Air Force station, as pilots gather in the mess ante-room awaiting the return of remaining planes.

The narrator converses with the W.A.A.F. receptionist and with various pilots, including that of "K for Kitty" (in which the dangerous landing of that plane, resulting in its destruction, is recounted in similar terms in both tales).

An article in the Australian Women's Weekly (Worth Reporting, Graves in Holland, August 28, 1948, p. 18) prints a letter from the mother of Flying Officer Geoff Heard, in which her son is identified as 'the pilot who figures prominently in the stories of Flying-Officer X. "No Trouble At All" and "K is for Kitty"'. The article further reports that Heard's parents met Bates several times while visiting England and Bates's autobiography confirms this (The World in Ripeness, pp. 377-380).

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