Glossary

Glossary

Here’s a quick guide to some of the slang and technical terms used in the book:

  • Ack-ack – anti-aircraft artillery (ack was A in the phonetic alphabet)
  • Arty – abbreviation of artillery
  • Bandit – enemy aircraft
  • Bible puncher – chaplain
  • Blue Job –  – slang for someone in the air force, a reference to their blue uniforms
  • Brown Job – slang for someone in the army, a reference to their brown uniforms
  • Brylcreem Boy – slang for someone in the air force, a reference to the product some airmen used to slick back their hair
  • Dicing – low level flying, from dicing with death
  • Fifth columnist – someone who undermines a group or organisation from within
  • Flak – German anti-aircraft artillery, from Flugzeugabwehrkanone
  • Flight – sub-unit of a squadron, comprising six aircraft
  • Hun – British term for Germans
  • Kite – an aircraft
  • Leftenant – British pronunciation of Lieutenant
  • Lorry – British term for a truck
  • Merlin – the Rolls Royce V12 aircraft engine used in many WWII British aircraft
  • Nickel – propaganda leaflet
  • Nickel raid – operation to drop propaganda leaflets from an aircraft
  • Peregrine – Roll Royce V12 aircraft engine which saw limited use, mainly only in the Westland Whirlwind
  • Section – sub-unit of a Flight, comprising three aircraft
  • Spy – Intelligence Officer
  • Squadron – unit of the RAF, comprising twelve aircraft
  • Toad in the hole – British dish consisting of sausages in Yorkshire pudding batter
  • Triple A – anti-aircraft artillery
  • U/s – unservicable

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