Masters of the Air: Part Two
January 26, 2024 7:36 AM - Season 1, Episode 2 - Subscribe

The 100th bombs German U-boat pens in Norway. With the help of Lt Crosby's navigating, a damaged B-17 struggles to get back to Britain.

A brief shoutout to the ramp rats that keep the planes flying and the taxiways free of oil. The commanders review the injuries of last episodes action - frostbite on the urine-soaked hindparts of the ball turret gunner, and the hands of the tail gunner who took off his gloves to clear a gun jam. The old CO is out of the picture with an ulcer.

En route to what is hoped to be Norway, Lt. Crosby pukes in Chekhov's flak helmet and eventually finds the submarine pens under the smokescreen put up by the Nazis to hide their position. Biddick and crew lose a bunch of engines in the ensuing action, but manage to make it back to the White Cliffs of Scotland, thanks to Buck stepping up and throttling back, and again to Crosby coming through with the maps.

A new commander brings a new day for Bucky, who is put back in the pilot's seat, leaving more responsible but less inspiring people to do the mundane things like planning.
posted by cardboard (3 comments total)
I did roll my eyes at the Stiff Upper Lipped RAF type getting into fisticuffs with Our Heroic Yanks over the merits of daylight vs night bombing.

(For that matter, there is no rank of Captain in the RAF. The equivalent rank is Flight Lieutenant. There is a rank of Group Captain, but that's the equivalent of full Colonel.)
posted by Major Clanger at 12:18 PM on January 28

Crosby seems like a serious liability to me.
posted by oldnumberseven at 8:37 PM on January 30

The brown cliffs of Banff & Buchan more like. Nice to see
posted by gnuhavenpier at 3:20 PM on January 31 [1 favorite]

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