Brief guide to RAF slang from World War II
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
…and who’s the good lookin’ bloke in the picture?
Now here is an interesting story and one where I learnt something new about WW II Aviation.
It’s “Wop-ag”, not “wopog”.