Goshawk Squadron by Derek RobinsonWorld War One aviators were more than just soldiers they were the knights of the sky, and the press and public idolised the gallant young heroes. But for Stanley Woolley, commanding officer of Goshawk Squadron, the romance of chivalry in the clouds is just a myth. There are two types of men up there: victims and murderers, and the code he drums into his men bans any notion of sport or fair play. This produces better killers but, even so, Wolley believes the whole squadron will be dead within three months. Derek Robinson quietly builds the day-to-day details of these mens lives and deaths into a powerful indictment of war. But this classic of war literature is also very funny, often painfully so; Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, this is Derek Robinsons masterly novel of the war in the air over the Western Front in 1918.
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Goshawk Squadron is a black comedy novel by Derek Robinson which tells of the adventures of a squadron of SE5a pilots from January to the time of the German spring offensive of March It introduces the character Stanley Woolley, the commander of the squadron — a man who Robinson himself says is not the sort of man you'd want your daughter to marry. Goshawk Squadron follows a front-line squadron of British pilots late in the war.
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