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ID
b172
Title
'There's Something in the Air'
Genre
Story
Page Count
9
Word Count
2680
Publisher
Blue Book Magazine
Publication Year
1943
Document Types
First-Person Narratives
Flying Officer X Byline
Topics
Pilots, War

A Flying Officer X story that portrays the heady atmosphere within a squadron during one summer, and focuses in particular on the spectacular successes of two pilots and the difference in their temperaments, flying styles, and post-battle rituals.

The story is set at RAF Tangmere where No 1 Squadron Fighter Command was based, and the character of Anderson is based on the squadron's charismatic and inspiring young commander, Squadron Leader James MacLachlan, DSO, DFC and two bars (MacLachlan is also the model for the character of McAlister in The Beginning of Things).

The character of Auerbach is based on the Czech flying ace, Karel Kuttelwascher DFC and bar, the RAF's most successful night intruder pilot. Both McLachlan and Kuttelwascher are described in the non-fiction piece The First Squadron.

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