The RAF Pilots’ Song, Plus Some WWII Girl Power

Did you know that, during the Second World War, some of the brave fighter pilots of the Royal Air Force formed their own boy band? And, when not shooting down Luftwaffe bombers, would dance in front of their Spitfires, singing harmonies about, among other things, Douglas Bader’s legs (“They’re not real”)? No, neither did I!1 But I think Toby FitzOsborne would approve. Take that, Hitler!

And let’s not forget the contributions made by British women during the war. If you think they were all stuck in the kitchen, you haven’t seen this! Or read The FitzOsbornes at War, which is all about girls being awesome in wartime, and is published in North America next month, and looks like this:

'The FitzOsbornes at War' North American edition
‘The FitzOsbornes at War’, published in North America on October 9, 2012


  1. Thank you to Kate Constable, whose informative and entertaining blog post alerted me to the fact that the Horrible Histories books have now been turned into a TV series. I had no idea! I would have left a comment on her blog post as well, but Blogspot doesn’t like me and refuses to accept my comments.

4 thoughts on “The RAF Pilots’ Song, Plus Some WWII Girl Power”

  1. Thanks for the link to these very interesting YouTube clips of women and RAF in WWII. Isn’t if annoying the way Blogspot won’t let you leave a message sometimes, especially those time when you most want to. Confession – I love Horrible Histories, too and pick some up everytime I am in London. Also, can’t wait to read The Fitzosbornes at War.

    1. Aren’t Horrible Histories the best? I am now working my way through the YouTube song clips as fast as my dial-up internet connection will allow.

      EDITED TO ADD: And have now bought the last three Horrible Histories DVDs.

      Only four weeks till The FitzOsbornes at War – sorry about the wait!

  2. Ha ha, thanks Michelle! Sorry about the comments, I think fixing it is well beyond my abilities though.

    (“Came back, just like Robbie…”)

    1. Thank YOU! So far, the RAF pilots are my favourite, but Dick Turpin was pretty good, too.

      (Also, I spent far too much time trying to work out which famous RAF pilot they must have been referring to when they mentioned ‘Robbie’.)

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