Brief guide to RAF slang from World War II

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Abbeville Kids, the: Focke-Wulf 190s

Beau: Bristol Beaufighter

Belinda: Barrage balloons

Beetle-juice: The star Betelgeux

Crate: An aeroplane

Groupy: Group Captain

Milk train: The first patrol of the day.

Roman-candle landing: A poor landing, which merited the Control Officer firing off a warning rocket

Turnip-bashing: Drill on the parade ground or field training

Tin fish: A torpedo

Visiting card: A bomb

Whirligig: Westland Whirlwind

Wopag: Wireless Operator/air gunner

Yellow doughnut: Inflatable life raft

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