Barry Clark's "SPITFIRE"

SHORT GLOSSARY OF R.A.F. SLANG


Bale out .................... To take to one's parachute.
Black, A .................... Something badly done, a "bad show".
Blitz, A solid lump of ...... Large formation of enemy aircraft.
Blonde job, A ............... Young woman with fair hair.
Bogus ....................... Sham, spurious.
Bomphleteers ................ Airmen engaged on the early pamphlet raids.
Brassed off ................. Diminutive of "browned off".
Brolly ...................... Parachute.
Browned off, To be .......... "Fed up".
Bumps and Circuits .......... Circuits and landings.
Bus driver .................. A bomber pilot.
Buttoned up ................. A job properly completed, "mastered".
Completely Cheesed .......... No hope at all.
Crabbing along .............. Flying near the ground or water.
Deck, Crack down on ......... To "pancake" an aircraft.
Dog fight ................... Aerial scrap.
Drink, In the ............... To come down into the sea.
Dud ......................... Applied to weather when unfit to fly.
Dust bin .................... Rear gunner's lower position in aircraft.
Fan ......................... The propeller.
George ...................... The automatic pilot.
Gong, To collect a .......... To get a medal.
Greenhouse .................. Cockpit cover.
Hurryback ................... A Hurricane fighter.
Jink away ................... Sharp manoeuvre.
Kite ........................ An aeroplane.
Mae West .................... Life-saving stole, inflated if wearer falls into sea.
Mickey Mouse ................ Bomb-dropping mechanism.
Office ...................... Cockpit of aircraft.
Pack up ..................... Cease to function.
Peel off, To ................ Break formation to engage enemy.
Play pussy .................. Hide in the clouds.
Plug away ................... Continue to fire. Keep after target.
Pukka gen. .................. Accurate information.
Pulpit ...................... Cockpit of aircraft.
Quick squirt ................ Short sharp burst of machine-gun fire.
Quickie ..................... Short for above.
Rang the bell ............... Got good results.
Snake about ................. Operational aerobatics.
Tail End Charlie ............ Rear gunner in large bombing aircraft or rear aircraft of a formation.
Train, Driving the .......... Leading more than one squadron into battle..

I am a Canadian Military brat. My dad was in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
I have always had a fascination with planes.
Barry Clark's Spitfire caught my attention around fifteen years ago.
I received the print this year for Christmas from my husband.

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January 15th 2002