RAF, 1941

Anxiously glancing at the wing-tip of the Hawker Hurricane, rattling and exposed, as it slices through air currents that tug the plane off course; he tries to navigate a safe flight-path through the Battle of Athens.  That wing’s been trouble for days: mechanical failure, off and on.  And, in the endless blur of enemy fighters whizzing towards him from every side, Roald Dahl spies the Gremlin who’s sat grinning on that wing, merrily tearing cables loose with its teeth.  It’s clear as day, an inspiration; though now isn’t really the time for creative writing, as the plane starts randomly spiralling.


This piece of flash fiction was written for Friday Fictioneers: a story in 100 words prompted by a picture that Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts every Wednesday. Here’s the link to the stories and this week’s picture is below, copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.


17 thoughts on “RAF, 1941

    • Oh absolutely, which is why it was his first children’s book. What an over-active imagination that guy had! Pity we didn’t get to have him join Friday Fictioneers… :).

    • Lol I seem to be making you shudder more and more, lately (ok so the lynch mob story was pretty shuddery… and WW2 does provoke a shudder or two, as well).
      Oh I researched the story, too 🙂
      It took me a good while of staring at that wing in the photo before I remembered about gremlins – that brought to mind a programme about Roald Dahl I saw once, where he argued they were purely his invention. So, then it was over to Wikipedia…
      That’s one of the elements I’ve enjoyed about writing to prompts – when you end up with a piece that you couldn’t possibly have written beforehand because you weren’t even aware of the information it contains.
      I think you said on your blog that you also enjoy the little researches it leads you into?

      • Oh, very definitely enjoy the researching!
        I remember the Twilight Zone episode mentioned in the comments here – a classic – and knew a little about about their being aviation legends – but had no idea that Roald Dahl might have been connected. So that’s very interesting.

        Not very fond of flying – hence the extra shudder! Hopefully I didn’t give Matt (of the wasps) my last paper bag, LOL!

      • Oh of course I remember Matt (of Killer Wasp and Paper Bag fame) and I hope that, either with or without the aid of a bag, your breathing is back under control!
        Btw are your local wasps a serious menace, then? Ours can be a pest and they sting, but nothing major.
        You’ve posted some wonderful wildlife photos, lately – I think there was a post with a bee and the new-made swamp where the photos and lines from the poems were so good that I only left a general comment, for fear of going into too much detail and chatting on and on and on… Rather like here, actually 🙂
        And it was that same Twilight Zone episode that originally came to me as I sat staring at the plane’s wing, which then led my thoughts to Roald.

      • Ah, so we were on the same wavelength, with the Twilight Zone episode? Nice!

        Our wasps really aren’t a huge problem — just a bit of a nuisance when it turns chilly and the wasps get a bit hungry (or whatever). They buzz around your head and hands – very persistent! Then when evening comes and it’s *really* chilly they get *really* sluggish. We’re back to warm weather again so they’re back to normal though. 🙂

        Glad you liked the photos! I splurged (again) and got a telephoto lens so I can get some good closeups of the birds at my feeder. Feisty little finches. 🙂

  1. No, not a great time for creative writing. I enjoyed the comments and all the research that went into this piece. Like one of the things that makes this exercise so much fun.

  2. Once a writer always a writer… loved the language here… had no clue about this book of gremlins.. always a reason to pick up some reading.. as a coincidence I’m reading “Captain Corelli’s mandolin” at the moment… so WWII and Greece is high on my mind…

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