Review of the new film ‘The Shamrock Spitfire’

Review by Tom Allett, Editor of FlyPast magazine

Due to being the youngest wing commander in RAF history, Irish fighter pilot Brendan ‘Paddy’ Finucane will be familiar to most FlyPast readers. This biopic follows his short life, from his reading as a schoolboy about World War One ‘ace’ ‘Mick’ Mannock through to his loss in the English Channel aged 21, noting his accelerating desire to fly along the way.

In the 1930s, the wish of Brendan’s father to expand his business led the Finucane family to move from Ireland to England where, after becoming bored with a desk job, Brendan decided to apply for a Short Service Commission with the RAF. His decision was decidedly unpopular with his Irish Republican father, who asked him to think of what his family and friends back home would think of him “joining the British” – a decision, Brendan said, that “doesn’t make me some kind of traitor.”

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