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ID
cx175
Title
The Day of Glory
Genre
Essay
Page Count
1
Word Count
300
Publisher
Radio Times
Publication Year
1945
Document Types
Full-text Online
Eads, Additions to
Topics
Pilots, War

In advance of the BBC broadcast of his play, The Day of Glory, on November 5, 1945, Bates writes of the origins and aims of the drama.

He describes his war service with the RAF in both bomber and fighter stations, and the complicated psychological traits he observed at the latter. He writes that 'it is not only a play about a complex fighter pilot, but a play about all of us and all our complexities...You will see a whole household — typical of all too many households in the country today — ripped from top to bottom by what appear to be the events of a single day'...It shows what war did to the generation of our fathers, what it is doing to the generation of today, and what it may do in still more hideous and destructive terms to the generation of tomorrow'.

Bates would write at length about the psychology of fighter pilots in 'Flying Beyond the Reach of Fear'.

In the Radio Times (#1153, November 2, 1945, p. 5, attached).


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