As far back as the early 1950s, it had become evident that Air Ministry claims concerning the number of enemy aircraft shot down had, in fact, been greatly exaggerated. It was also becoming apparent by the 1960s that Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots had on occasion shot down friendly aircraft, shot up German seaplanes bearing Red Cross markings with the blessing of higher authority and even fired at German aircrew after they had bailed out. It was in this context that Derek Robinson began work on the novel Piece of Cake, which would become a television series. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight had a total of four airworthy Spitfires in the early 1980s but, in part because of air show scheduling conflicts and also, perhaps, because of concerns about how the wartime RAF was going to be portrayed, the Ministry of Defence in the end decided against providing assistance by way of aircraft for Piece of Cake.
Keywords: Piece of Cake; television series; Battle of Britain; Royal Air Force; Derek Robinson; Spitfires; enemy aircraft
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