WORRALS OF THE W.A.A.F.
by W. E. Johns
II. GREY HORSES
(Pages 30 - 43)
(On original publication
this instalment was called "Back to the Aerodrome")
original publication, there was a summary of the story so far and this referred
to a "grey horse" as opposed to the actual text of the last
instalment which said it was a "white horse". The reference to the
horse in this chapter was also originally ‘grey’).
Worrals feels limp after shooting at the plane. "In her heart she hated war, but lately
she had learned to hate more those who made it inevitable by wanton aggression,
or by forcing barbaric creeds and doctrines upon those who only sought
peace. When that happened, then
resistance was the only answer".
Worrals looks for the plane but can't find it, so she lands at the
advanced post. Bill Ashton (who we are
told is nearly 20 years old) meets her and Worrals tells him what has
happened. He says somebody certainly hit
it as it is down. "The fellow who
was flying it is in a bit of a mess, but otherwise all right. He's a civilian too." Worrals says the man in the plane seemed to
be signalling to a man on the ground.
She adds that their aerodrome has been hit three times during the past
week, yet it is well camouflaged. She
asks Bill is he has ever noticed that on the south side of the aerodrome,
within a mile of it, a grey horse has been turned out to grass. Worrals says that at the place the monoplane
was going to land there was also a grey horse turned out to grass. It stood out like a piece of chalk on a
blackboard. Worrals wonders if she
should report it to the C.O. (Commanding Officer). Bill suggests she doesn't put it in her
report but tells him in person. Worrals
goes to see the C.O. and when she tells him her suspicions he just smiles at
her and tells her that spy watching is a business for the counter-espionage
people. Worrals is angry and says to
Frecks that she intends to have a closer look at the gentlemen who go in for
grey horses and wait for stray aeroplanes on a golf course.