The other pilots sneered and joked about it…the day of shame when they called Jim Black yellow. But Jim wasn't laughing, and neither would any other pilot accused of cowardice and kicked out of the squadron.
He'd just have to prove them wrong, even without an aircraft…
Thanks to a series of unlucky events and the manipulation of an unscrupulous supporting character, our hero, Pilot Officer Jim Black, appears far from heroic in the eyes of his C.O. and fellow Hurricane pilots.
I can only imagine that feeling terrified in the face of constant death and destruction is a completely natural reaction. However, being accused of cowardice must, of course, be one of the worst possible things that could happen to a serviceman during wartime and author C.G Walker's script certainly highlights this -and since this is Commando, we, as readers, certainly hope our disgraced hero will prove his mettle once and for all.
Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor
Note: Originally published as Commando No 2367 (April 1990).