WORRALS ON THE WAR-PATH
by Captain W. E. Johns
X. AN UNEXPECTED GUEST (Pages
100 – 109)
“If anyone was ever thunderstruck, to use
a common expression, it was Worrals. She
was astounded into a moment or two of speechlessness”. Twelve machines are coming – a full
squadron. Bill is told that he will have
some live cargo to take back. “One Hun
and two Vichyites”. Bill has bought with
him, not only petrol but some supplies for the French saboteurs. A case of rifles, a couple of Tommy guns,
ammunition and some high explosive. Bill
says he shall return tomorrow at the same time as more Spitfires will be coming
through tomorrow. At two o'clock
precisely, the first Spitfire arrives.
“After the first shock of surprise at finding a girl in charge of
operations he made hilarious love to Worrals for ten minutes while the machine
was being refuelled”. “If you don't get
out of my way I'll hit you on the head with a rock,” threatened Worrals,
striving to be serious. Promising to
come back as soon as he had won the war the young man roared away into the
night. “Nice boy,” observed Worrals
smiling”. It takes three hours to get
all the Spitfires refuelled and off to Malta.
Then a mysterious twin-engine aircraft is heard and seeing the landing
lights comes in to land. It is a
three-seater Messerschmitt 110. The
German pilot, Leutnant Strager, gets out and asks what aerodrome is this? He is lost on his first night flight in a
service type. Worrals holds up a pistol
and tells him he is a prisoner of war.
The German thinks he must be in England, though he can't understand how
he got there. Our heroes are now left
with the problem of what to do with the German aircraft. Worrals says it is possible that their
refuelling of the Spitfires was heard.
If any investigations are made, then the German plane presents a
solution. People will conclude they
heard that. As for the pilot, well he
would have gone to find a telephone.
After Lucien and Raoul have cleaned up outside, Worrals says she is
going to bed.