By Nevil Shute

Global battle II pilot Peter Marshall leads the main winning bombing group at his airbase, having survived an strange variety of tremendous harmful missions over Germany. notwithstanding, while Peter falls hopelessly in love with an enticing WAAF officer—one who insists that wartime tasks should still take priority over emotions—his focus starts to endure. quickly it seems as if his excellent run of profitable missions could be at risk—along with the lives of Peter and his men—unless she will be persuaded to relent.

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He stuck one fish and observed Gunnar Franck capture one other, yet his brain was once no longer upon the task, and almost immediately he left them to trip again to Hartley for tea within the mess, the place he may locate Gervase. within the night mild he took her for a stroll round the nation lanes; with out greater than a fortnight in their month left to move, they deemed an afternoon wasted in the event that they didn't meet. As they went they observed the paintings. “We’re all able to pass back now,” stated Marshall. “They handed the turret out this afternoon. That was once the very last thing. ” Gervase stated: “I think the station has been provide a week’s rest—if so, that’s up to-morrow evening. Charwick and Wittinton have been out on Saturday, and back final evening. ” She glanced up at him. “How are you feeling now, Peter? ” He glanced down at her. “I consider fine,” he stated. “I’d a bit like to do one other one. ” They grew to become apart almost immediately at the back of a spinney and exchanged a token of mutual goodwill; almost immediately they got here out back a bit baggy and sat upon a stile and smoked a cigarette jointly sooner than turning again to camp. They have been sitting at the stile while the staff stumbled on them, Gunnar and Phillips and Cobbett all using again to camp upon their bicycles from Kingslake condominium. Marshall slipped down from the stile and stopped them; the sergeants obtained off and Gervase got here as much as them. “Do any stable? ” requested Marshall. Sergeant Cobbett stated: “We obtained seven beauties—the one Gunnar stuck if you was once there after which six others. they arrive on high quality simply once you left, sir. ” They accrued around, studying the fish and speaking approximately flies. Phillips had stuck one on a gradual and had then been shamed by means of Gunnar Franck to using fly, and had stuck one other on a Butcher. Cobbett, who was once by surprise specialist, had stuck 4; Gunnar had stuck one. “Pity previous Leech wasn’t with us,” acknowledged the gunner. “He wouldn’t part have had a few enjoyable. ” “He’ll be again sooner than long,” stated Marshall. “He’s leaving clinic and going off on depart to-morrow. ” “It won’t appear right,” acknowledged Phillips, “going with a stranger within the workforce. ” That day used to be Wednesday. They did their subsequent operation upon Friday evening to Cassel, loaded with incendiaries. It went with out incident in R for Robert; the lengthy hours of watchful peering in the course of the darkness from the pilot’s seat handed pleasantly adequate for Marshall simply because he had prepared to take Gervase to the images the next afternoon to determine a movie with Dorothy Lamour in it, and he loved Dorothy Lamour, and he loved Gervase higher, and altogether it was once anything to seem ahead to whereas swinging his head robotically backward and forward, searching for difficulty, from the port engine, over the dual pencils of the ahead weapons, to the starboard. They landed again a bit earlier than sunrise, and he slept quietly and fortunately and good until eventually lunch time. Gervase didn't accomplish that good. She spent the evening within the keep an eye on workplace, an evening of mystery fear and nervousness until eventually the “Mission accomplished” sign got here from Robert. For the following and a part hours she went via her tasks routinely, nonetheless frightened, until eventually the machines started to arrive again, and there has been the little gentle that used to be in Robert winking within the sky over to the south-west, signalling for permission to land.

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