Is that a Catch-22 kind of thing, what with the BBC writing about the 50th anniversary of the novel by Joseph Heller, a WWII B-25 Bombadier, Catch-22?
I read the novel quite a while ago and enjoyed it. Yes, life in the service is often absurd. Weird things do happen. I remember that a member of the 390th Tactical Fighter Squadron, the Blue Boars, was friends with Navy Lieutenant Roger Staubuck, and for several bottles of whiskey we got a skid of plywood, a bunch of 2 by 4s and a lot of nails. With those we rebuilt the inside of our Squadron Operations building (and had lumber left over for a pool table). The ramrod for that building operations was "The Real Arch", Archie Lorenzen, who did a great job of making it all work out.
The book is great. The movie has lots of footage of airplanes flying. What more could you ask?
Regards — Cliff