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1TAF First Tactical Air Force
2TAF Second Tactical Air Force

A/A or AA

Aircraft Apprentice or Anti-Aircraft fire (Ack-Ack)

AAEE

Aircraft & Armament Experimental Establishment (Boscombe Down)

AAF

Auxiliary Air Force

AASF

Advanced Air Striking Force

ABC unit Automatic Boost Control

AC

Aircraftsman

A/C

Air Commodore

AC1 or A/C 1 Aircraftman First Class
AC2 or A/C 2 Aircraftman Second Class
Ace Pilot with 5 destroyed planes to his credit (in the air & without help)

ACHGD

Aircrafthand, General Duties

ACHQ Air Command Headquarters or Area Combined Headquarters

ACIs

Air Council Instructions

Ack-Ack

Anti-Aircraft fire

ACM  or A.C.M. Air Chief Marshal
ACU Aircrew Conditioning Unit

ADGB

Air Defence of Great Britain

adm. Admitted
AEM Air Engine Mechanic

AFC

Air Force Cross

AFHQ Air Force Headquarters

AFM

Air Force Medal    or   Air Frame Mechanic

AFRO

Air Force Routine Orders

AFS Advanced Flying School

AFU

Advanced Flying Unit

A/G or AG

Air Gunner

AGGTS Air Gunner Ground Training School

AGL

Above ground level

AGS Air Gunnery School
AGTS Aircrew Graduate Training School
AHU Administrative and Holding Unit

AHQ

Air Headquarters

AI Airborne Interception
AID Aeronautical Inspection District

Alligator or 'Gator

Navigator

A/M or AM

Air Marshall

AMD Auxiliary Manning Depot

AMES

Air Ministry Experimental Station

Ammo Ammunition

AMO

Air Ministry Order

AMWD

Air Ministry Works Directorate

Angels Altitude; to "gain angels"; 1 Angel = 1000 feet

ANS

Air Navigation School

AOC

Air Officer Commanding

AOC-in-C

Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief

AOS

Air Observer School

AP

Air Publication: also Armor Piercing

APE Address Prior to Enlistment

Apron

The tarmac around a hangar

Ar.

Arado

ARC Appraisal and Refresher Course
Arm B Armourer Bombs
Arm G Armourer Guns

Arrival

An aircraft landing of barely adequate standard.

ASL

above sea level

ALG

Advanced Landing Ground

ASO

Assistant Section Officer

ASR

Air Sea Rescue

ASV

Air-Surface Vessel

ASW Anti-Submarine Warfare

ATC

Air Traffic Control: also, Air Training Corps

auth. Authorized, Authority etc.

AVG

American Volunteer Group (the Flying Tigers)

A/V/M or AVM

Air Vice Marshall

AW

Air Woman

AWL  or  AWOL Absent Without Leave

B/A or BA

Bomb Aimer

Bail out To abandon an aircraft, usually by parachute
Bank To turn involving raising of one wing

Bandit

Enemy aircraft

BAT

Blind (or Beam) Approach Training

Bat Boy

Personal assistant / Go-fer

BCATP

British Commonwealth Air Training Plan

BD

Bomb Disposal

Beat up To attack a target continuously or put on a low-flying display

Beehive

Bomber formation closely escorted by fighters

BEF

British Expeditionary Force

BEM

British Empire Medal

Benders

Knees

Bf or BF

Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (Bavarian Aircraft Works) as in Bf-109.
Designs after 1938 were designated Me for Messerschmitt   *

BGS   or  B&GS

Bombing & Gunnery School

BGFU  or  B&GFU Bombing & Gunnery Flying Unit

Bible-Puncher

Padre or Chaplain

Billy can A mess tin that an Aircraftsman can cook in if need be

Bind

Both noun and verb to indicate some thing/one boring, depressing; monotonous; one who constantly complains - a binder; or "in a bind"

Black

Error of judgment; "'put up a black"

Black out To lose consciousness due to centrifugal force / or / a condition that requires all lights to be off such as a city hiding from bombers

Blackouts

WAAF issue knickers (panties); winter, navy blue (see Twilights)

Blanket Drill

Sleep; alt 'Horizontal Drill'

Blower Supercharger on aircraft engine

Blood Wagon

Ambulance

BoB

Battle of Britain

Bob / Bobbing

Modern equivalent of "brown-noser" or "brown-nosing"

Bod

Person or body as opposed to just being a name on a list

Bogey

An unidentified aircraft / suspected enemy aircraft (e/a)

Boner A mistake; to "pull a boner" is to make a mistake. funny huh?

Boob

Mistake or error

Boost Amount of power given to engine by throttle setting / manifold pressure
BPD Base Personnel Depot

Bought it

Killed or missing

BR

Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron

Brassed off

Angry

Brock's Benefit Heavy AA fire [for Brock's fireworks manufacturer]

Browned off

Lesser degree of angry

Brat

Short for 'Trenchard Brat' an ex-aircraft apprentice or boy entrant

Briefing Instructions given to pilots before a sortie

Brolly

Parachute

Brown Job

Any member of the Army (see 'Pongo')

BSL

Below Sea Level

BSU Bombing Survey Unit
Buckshee Extra or free
Buster To move engine throttle rapidly to maximum power

Bumf / Bumph

All paperwork; from 'bum-fodder'

Buzz bomb

V-1 rocket bomb, slang

Bv. or BV

Blohm & Voss

CAN/RAF

Canadian in the RAF

Canteen Cowboy

Airman who sees himself as a ladies man; alt 'NAAFI Romeo'

Can

Full responsibility; take the blame; to "carry the can"

Carabiniari Italian policeman

CAS

Chief of Air Staff

CB

Confined to Barracks. Punishment

CBE

Award - Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

CC

Confined to Camp; punishment like CB

CEF

Canadian Expeditionary Force

CFB

Canadian Forces Base

CFI

Chief Flying Instructor

CFS

Central Flying School

CGM

Conspicuous Gallantry Medal

CGS

Central Gunnery School

Chairborne

Any desk-bound job or duty

Cheese-cutter

Airman's prewar peaked hat (slanged a "c_nt cap" in the US Army)

Cheesed, Cheesed-off

Angry

Chief / Chiefy

Flight Sergeant

Chute Short for Parachute
Cine-gun film Gun camera footage

Circus

Fighter escorted, short range, bombing attack

CIU

Clinical Investigation Unit

Civvy Street

Civilian life

CLK Clerk
Clock Often refers to airspeed indicator

Close the hangar

Stop talking shop   (or Close the hangar doors)

Clot

Fool; idiot; "thick" or dumbass

Clueless

Ignorant, dumb  (this word is now common english ;^)

CMU Construction & Maintenance Unit

C/O or CO

Commanding Officer. There can be only one on site

COMM

Communications Squadron

Confetti Machine gun ammo
Contour chasing Low flying

Cookie

4000 lb bomb (originally - they got larger as the war went on)

COTC Canadian Officers Training Corps

CPA

Canadian Pacific Airlines

Cpl

Corporal

CR

Celestino Rosatelli, a fighter plane designer for Fiat
Crabbing Limping home with a damaged plane
Crate Airplane

CSO

Chief Section Officer

CTO, CTechO

Chief Technical Officer

CTS Composite Training School

CTTB

Central Trade Test Board

CU Conversion Unit
CVSM Canadian Volunteer Service Medal

CWR

Charge/Weight Ratio (% of explosive / overall stated bomb weight)

D or d

Died

DA

Delayed Action bomb

dam

Damaged

Day Ranger

Seek & destroy enemy fighters, using Mosquito [usually] aircraft

DC

Depth Charge

DCM

Distinguished Conduct Medal

D-Day

The Allied invasion of Normandy June 6 1944

Dead stick Without engine power. As in "dead stick landing"

Dear-John

An "end of relationship" letter from a spouse

Deck The ground

Devil-dodger

Padre or Chaplain

D/F Direction Finding - to locate aircraft (or home)

DFC or D.F.C.

Distinguished Flying Cross

DFM or D.F.M.

Distinguished Flying Medal

DH

de Havilland

DHC

de Havilland Canada

Dirt Lots of AA fire

Dim

Not smart, dull, dense, dumb; "take a dim view" or dim-wit

Dis Discharged

Ditch

To land on/in water; from 'In the Ditch' (the English Channel)

Diver

Code name for V-1 rocket

DNCO

Duty not carried out

DND

Department of National Defense (Canada)

Do Same as Op; Mission; Sortie

Do

Dornier

Dog

Anything with poor performance; slow; no good

Dogfight, Dog fight Aerial combat, usually between fighers

Doodlebug, Doodle bug

V-1 rocket bomb, slang

DOT

Department of Transportation

DOW

Died Of Wounds

Dressing Down

"A dressing down" – to get yelled at; chewed out; put in your place

Drill

What to do; the right way of doing it; "you know the drill"

Drink

The Sea or other body of water

DRO Daily Routine Order(s)
Drogue Target towed by aircraft for air firing training and practice
Drome Airfield - short for Airodrome or airdrome

DSC or D.S.C.

Award - Distinguished Service Cross

DSO or D.S.O.

Award - Distinguished Service Order

Dual Flying with instructor or student

Duff

No good; False or inaccurate information as in "it was Duff Gen"

Dust bin Retractable under-turret

DZ

Drop Zone

EA  or  e/a

Enemy Aircraft

EAC

Eastern Air Command

EATP

Empire Air Training Plan

ED Equipment Depot  or  Efficiency Decoration

EFTS

Elementary Flying Training School

EO

Engineering Officer or Education Officer

Erk

Airman below Corporal but used generically for ground personnel

esc

Escaped

ETA

Estimated Time of Arrival

ETPS

Empire Test Pilot School

emb. Embarked

EV

Escort Vessel

EVT

Educational Vocation Training

F

Fighter

FAA

Fleet Air Arm

F/E or FE   or Flt. Eng.

Flight Engineer

FEAF

Far East Air Force

FC  or  F/C Flight Commander
FFL French Foreign Legion

Fi.

Fieseler

FIDO

Fog Investigation Dispersal Operation

FIS

Flying Instructor School

Fish-head

Navy personnel

Fishpond

Airborne radar warning bombers

Fix

Your current position ("get a fix on me")

Fizzer

Disciplinary charge; ie 'put on a fizzer'

F/L or FL

Flight Lieutenant    or   Flying List

Flak

Anti-aircraft fire

Flamer Aircraft or vehicle on fire

Flap

Panic, alarm, disturbance, excitement

Flat out Full speed - as fast as possible
Flight Less than a squadron - a flight can be 2 to 6 aircraft

FLS

Fighter Leader School

FLT

Flight (sub formation within a squadron or unit etc)

F/O or FO

Flying Officer

Form 540

Squadron diary

Fruit Salad

Decorations, referring to medal ribbons

F/S or FS, F/Sgt, FSgt

Flight Sergeant

FTR

Failed to Return

FTS

Flying Training School

FTU Flying Traing Unit
FUBAR Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition
Fuselage The body of any aircraft

Fw. Or FW

Focke-Wulf

FW Fighter Wing
Gaggle A group of enemy aircraft

Gardening

Mine laying by aircraft

Gash

Spare, surplus, extra

GC

George Cross

G/C or GC

Group Captain

GCA

Ground Controlled Approach

GCI

Ground Controlled Intercept

GD General Duties

Gee

British radio navigation system

Gen

Information; usually accurate, as in "getting the gen"

George

Aircraft auto pilot

Gestapo

Slang word for (our) Military police. Not to be confused with ...

Gestapo

Feared German "Geheime Staatspolizei;" or German State Police

Get some in

Addressed to those with less service time

GIS Ground Instructor School

Glasshouse

Penal detention center

GM

George Medal

Golden Eagle Day

Payday; 'The golden eagle lays today'

Goon

Mindless oaf, from characters in contemporary Popeye strip cartoon. Later used by Allied prisoners of war for their German guards.

Gone for a Burton

Dead or killed

Gong

Medal or decoration award

Got his Crown

Promoted to Flight Sergeant

GP

General Purpose (type of bomb, of CWR 40% or less)

Grand Slam

22,000 lb bomb

Gravy Gasoline, fuel, petrol
Greenhouse Cockpit cover

Griff

Information; similar to "Gen"

Group A grouping of a number of squadrons or wings

Groupie

Group Captain

GRS

General Reconnaissance School

GTS

Glider Training School

H2S

Airborne radar navigation and target identification aid

Hacked-off

Angry

Had it Finished; washed up; done for
Hat-trick Scoring 3 "kills" in one mission

Hang-up

A bomb that failed to release

HC

High Capacity (type of bomb, or CWR 80% or more)

HCU

Heavy Conversion Unit; as in, on to four-engined aircraft.

HE Home Establishment

HE

High Explosive

He.

Heinkel

Hedge-hog

Shipboard ASW weapon

Hip Flask Service Revolver

HMCS

His Majesty's Canadian Ship

HMS

His Majesty's Ship

HMT

His Majesty's Transport (Ship) / Troopship

Homework

Girlfriend; as in "a piece of homework"

Horizontal refreshment

Sleep

Horizontal PT

Sex

Hs.

Henschel

HSL

High Speed Launch

HQ

Headquarters

House Traps Submarines
HWE Home War Establishment

Huff-Duff

High frequency radio direction finding equipment

Hun Any German fighting man or machine

IAS

Indicated Air Speed

I/C

In Charge

ID or I.D.

Identification

IFF

Identify Friend or Foe

IFR

Instrument Flight Rules

IFS Instrument Flying School

In Dock

In sick quarters or hospital

Intercom Intercommunication system within or between aircraft

I/O or IO or I.O.

Intelligence Officer or "Spy"

Irons

Knife, fork and spoon eating utensils issued to all non-coms

ITS

Initial Training School

ITW

Initial Training Wing

Jankers

Disciplinary punishment of parades in full kit, fatigues, etc.

Jerry A German
JG Jagdgeschwader (German fighter wing)

Ju.

Junkers

Jug Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

Jug

Guardroom cell or detention room

Joy

Action / Satisfaction / Enemy Aircraft ; "did you find any 'joy'"?

K

Killed

KCB

Knight Commander of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath

KG

Kampfgeschwader (German bomber wing)

KIA

Killed In Action

KIFA

Killed In a Flying Accident

Kipper Control Coastal Command aircraft convoying fishing boats

Kipper Fleet

Coastal Command

Kite

Airplane

Kraut German

KRs

King's Regulations

LAC

Leading Aircraftman

LAW

Leading Aircraftwoman

LDV

Local Defence Volunteer

Leigh-Light

24-inch airborne search light

Let down To lose height or altitude gradually

LFS

Lancaster Finishing School

LG London Gazette

LG

Landing Ground

Line or Line-shoot

Boastful exaggeration of one's own prowess or abilities, etc.

Line astern One aircraft lined up behind another

Line Book

Written, witnessed record of 'lines shot' by members of mess or unit

LL-RP Low Level Rocket Projectile [Typhoon Ammo ;^)

LMF

Lack of Moral Fiber

Loco

Locomotive

Long-Distance Gong

 Slang for the LS&GCM- see below

LS&GCM The Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (LS&GCM) awarded to non­commissioned personnel (mainly) after 18 completed years of satisfactory RAF service.
Luftwaffe German Air Force
LWOP Leave Without Pay
LWP Leave With Pay
Mach. Machinist

MAD

Nagnetic Anomaly Detection

Mae West

Life-preserver jacket worn over chest by flying personnel

MAFL

Manual of Air Force Law

M and V Meat and Vegetable — standard meal fare

Master Bomber

The pilot in charge of a bombing raid - Lead Bomber

MAP

Ministry of Aircraft Production

Mayday The universal distress call
Mein Kempf Leaflets to be dropped in enemy territory

MBE

Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

MC

Medium Capacity (type of bomb, CWR of 60% approx)

MD

Manning Depot

Me.

Messerschmitt

M/E Multi Engined

Meat Wagon

Ambulance

Met

Meteorological service

MET

Motorized Enemy Transport

MFDF

Medium Frequency Direction Finding

mg

Machine Gun

MIA

Missing In Action

Mickey Mouse Automatic bomb lever

MiD

Mention in Despatches (or Dispatches) - award

Mission Same as Op; Sortie; Do

ML

Motor Launch

MM Motor Mechanic

MM

Military Medal

M/O or MO

Medical Officer

Mod

Modification

MoH

Medal of Honor

Monica

Airborne tail-warning radar

Mothers Meeting

Any conference or meeting of senior officers

Movies Action - as in "Go to the movies" or go into action

MP

Military Police

MT

Originally, Mechanical Transport; later, Motorized Transport

MTB

Motor Torpedo Boat

MU

Maintenance Unit, (base storage and/or major repair depot)

m/u

Mid upper gunner / turret

MV

Motor Vessel

NAAFI

Navy, Army & Air Force Institute

Nacelle Engine cowling

Naffy

Navy, Army and Air Force Institute canteen and recreation building

Nav Navigator

NCO

Non-commissioned Officer

NETD Non-Effective Transit Depot
N/E Unit Non-Effective Unit

Nickle

Propaganda leaflet

Noball V-1 launch site

Non-com

Non-commissioned Officer

NORAD

North American Air Defense Command

NRC

National Research Council

NWAC North West Air Command

OBE

Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Oboe

Blind bombing & target marking system controlled from ground radar stations

O/C or OC

Officer Commanding. An OC might be a senior officer commanding a Wing or Squadron, but might equally apply to a very junior officer given specific 'secondary duties.' Not the same as CO.

OCTU

Officer Cadet Training Unit

OLC Oak Leaf Clusters

Old Man

The Commanding Officer

Oleo Shock-absorbing aircraft landing gear

On Strength

There and doing your job; part of a crew / unit; assigned to

On the clock On the airspeed indicator

On the Hooks

On a disciplinary charge; in trouble

Op Short for operation - see below
Operation Whatever it is that you are sent out to accomplish, or do

Oppo

Pal, friend, mate; from "opposite number"

Ops

Operations

Ops room Operations room where you gather and disseminate information
Orbit To fly in circles

Orderly Dog

Duty appropriate to rank (Orderly Officer/Sergeant/Corporal)

ORORB

Other ranks Operations Record Book

OTG

On The Ground

OTS Operational Training Squadron

OTU

Operational Training Unit

Packed up Died; shut down; quit working

Panic Bowler

Issue steel helmet

Paper Factory

Air Ministry, London

Paraffin Pete

Flying Control officer (from using goose-neck flares at night)

Passion-killers

WAAF issue knickers (panties); winter, navy blue (see "Blackouts")

PDC Pilot Disposal Center
Peel Off To break away from a flying formation

Penguin

Any non-flying person - could also be called a 'Kiwi' -
Not to be confused with a New Zealander who was also called a Kiwi

Peri-track

Tarmac roadway for aircraft and vehicles around perimeter of airfield runways area

PFF

Path Finder Force (No 8 Group, Bomber Command)

Piece of Cake

Easy to do; as in "this will be a piece of cake"

Pit

Bed

Pitot head A tube mounted externally on aircraft to give airspeed
PL or P/L Privilege Leave

Plonk

Generic 'surname' for lowest airman classifications of AC2 and AC1

Plumber

Originally any member of armament trades, but extended later to most ground technical tradesmen

PMRAFNS      

Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service

P/O or PO

Pilot Officer

PAF or P.A.F. Polish Air Force

Pongo

Any officer in the Army

Popsie

Female, usually young and attractive

POW, PsOW

Prisoner Of War & Prisoners of War (plural)

PR

Photographic Reconnaissance (PRU or PR Unit)

Prang

Crash, wreck. Used as noun and verb

PRC

Personnel Reception Center

PRO Public Relations Officer

prob

Probable. Refers to an official rating of "Probably Destroyed"

Prop Propeller

Props

Propeller cloth badge worn on each tunic sleeve by LACs

PRU

Photo Reconnaissance Unit

Prune

RAF legendary pilot, Pilot Officer Percy Prune, who served as supreme example of what not to do; applied to any unthinking air crew member flaunting the rules.

P/T or PT

Physical Training

Pte. Private - rank

PTI

Physical Training Instructor

PTU Port Transit Unit
Pvt. Private - rank

Pukka

Old inter-Service term; true, correct, dependable (ie "Pukka Gen")

QCA

Queen Charlotte Airlines

Queen Bee

Senior WAAF officer on any station or unit

RAAF

Royal Australian Air Force

RAE

Royal Aircraft Establishment (Farnborough)

RAF

Royal Air Force

RAFVR

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Ramrod

Fighter escorted daylight bombing attack

Ranger

Seek & Destroy enemy fighters in the air and OTG

RC Recruiting (or Release or Reselection) Center

RCAF

Royal Canadian Air Force

RCMP

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

RCN

Royal Canadian Navy

RCNVR

RCN Volunteer Reserve

RD

Repair Depot

Recce Armed reconnaisance

RDF

Radio Direction Finding (original cover-name for radar)

RFC

Royal Flying Corps (1912-18 only)

Rhubarb

Small-scale fighter attack in search of targets of opportunity , low level

Rings

Cloth badges of rank worn on lower sleeves of all officers tunics

RN

Royal Navy

RNAS

Royal Naval Air Service (1914-18 only)

RNS Radio & Navigation School

RNZAF

Royal New Zealand Air Force

R/O or RO Radar Operator
Robomb V-1 flying bomb

Rock Ape

Any member of an RAF Regiment

Rocket

Severe reprimand from higher authority

Rodeo

A fighter sweep over enemy territory

Roller Skate Tank

Ropey

Slacker, careless, unreliable, bad

ROTC Reserve Officers Training Corps

RP

Rocket Projectile (airborne armament)

RSU

Repair and Salvage Unit

R/T or RT

Radio Telephony / Transmitter (planes communication system)

RU

Radar (or Radio) Unit

SAA

Small Arms Ammunition

SAAF

South African Air Force

SADO

Senior Air Defense Officer

SAO

Senior Administrations Officer

SAC

Strategic Air Command

SAP

Semi-Armor Piercing (bombs / SAA / RP etc)

Sapper

Loosely, a small-arms style "combat engineer"

SASO

Senior Administration Staff Officer

SBA

Standard Beam Approach

SBC

Small Bomb Container

Scramble

Emergency take-off at fastest possible speed

Scrambled Eggs

Gold oak leaves on hats of officers, Group Captain and higher

Scraper

Thinner center 'ring' of Squadron Leaders badges of rank

Scrub

Cancel, forget it, don't bother, eliminate, destroy

SCW Spanish Civil War
S/E Single Engined

SFTS

Service Flying Training School

Sgt

Sergeant

or Sgt.P. or S/P Sergeant Pilot

sh

Shared

SHAEF

Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force

Show A mission or action encountered on a mission

SHQ

Station Headquarters

Skew-ell

Squadron Leader

S/L or SL or Sqd.Ldr.

Squadron Leader

Slip Stream Air stream created behind spinning propeller
SLTW Special Leave Travel Warrent

S.M. or SM

Savoia-Marchetti

SNAFU Situation Normal - All Fucked Up

SNCO

Senior Non-commissioned Officer

Snoop

Military Policeman

Snowdrop

Military Policeman  (in USAAF use)

S/O or SO

Section Officer

SOC

Struck off Charge

SOE

Special Operations Executive

Sortie Same as Op; Mission; Do

SOS

Struck Off Strength

S/P or SP or Sgt.Plt.

Sergeant Pilot

SP

Service Police

Sparks

Wireless tradesman, from cloth badge worn on right tunic sleeve

Spawny

Lucky

Spinner Propellor boss or extreme nose; most-forward part of plane before prop
Spit / Spitter Supermarine Spitfire

Sprog

Recruit, anyone fresh to his trade or category; a newbie; noob

Spy

Slang word for Intelligence Officers

Sq/O

Squadron Officer

Square-bashing

All forms of drill training on the station square (the tarmac area on all prewar stations intended for parades etc.)

Squarehead German soldier
Squirt Machine gun burst
SR Special Reserve

SSQ

Station Sick Quarters

Stationmaster

Officer in overall command of an RAF station

Sten gun British light machine gun

Stiffener

A 'binder', 'moaner', 'grumbler', boring, a 'drag' ; not what you want

Stooge

Assistant, Go-fer, 'Joe Soap'; To fly around aimlessly; do nothing

Strafe To attack ground targets with cannon and machine gun fire
Strawberry An Immediate message of congratulations from Army HQ
SU Staging Unit
Summerfelt matting British system of wire netting laid on ground to create runway

Strip

Reprimand from superior, usually 'to tear him off a strip'

Swede

Anyone from rural / rustic origins, or with 'country' dialect; yokel

Sweeny

Hair-cut to Service standards; from Sweeny Todd, the 'demon barber'

SWO

Station Warrant Officer

TAC Tactical Air Command
Tac R Tactical Reconnaissance
TAF Tactical Air Force

Tallboy

12,000 lb bomb

Tallyho Signal given by leader to attack
Tannoy The loudspeaker address system
Taped Solved

Tapes

NCOs cloth chevrons of rank worn on tunic sleeves

Tate & Lyle

Warrant Officers badges of rank; resembled well-known golden syrup manufacturer's trademark

TCA

Trans-Canada Air Lines

TD Temporary Duty
T/E Twin (or Two) Engined
Through the gate To open throttle fully for maximum power

TI

Target Indicator

Tiffy Hawker Typhoon

TOS

Taken On Strength

Trade As in activity; Blips on the radar screen that could turn into "Joy"

TTS

Technical Training School

Twilights

Lightweight issue WAAF knickers of lighter blue shade

Type

General classification, "he's a bad / good 'type'"

Tyro

The new guy (i.e. inexperienced man on a unit); Greenhorn; Duck; Newbie

Undercarriage Aircraft landing gear
unIDd Unidentified
unk Unknown
Upstairs The sky

U/S

Unserviceable

USAAF

United States Army Air Force (later the USAF)

USN

United States Navy

USS

United States Ship

UofT

University of Toronto

VC

Victoria Cross

Vector To direct an aircraft in the air to a specific target

VE-Day

Victory in Europe Day, May 8, 1945

Vegetables

Air-dropped mines; "planting vegetables"

VJ-Day

Victory in Japan Day, Aug. 14, 1945

View

Opinion

Vic

Arrow-head (V) formation of three aircraft or more

V-l

Fieseler Fi. 103 flying bomb  (Vergeltungswaffe 1)

V-2

A-4 artillery rocket (Vergeltungswaffe 2 or reprisal-weapon 2)

w/ With

WAAF

Women's Auxiliary Air Force

WAC

Western Air Command

Wad

Cake or bun

WAG

Wireless Air Gunner  ( same as WOAG )

Wailing Winnie Air Raid Siren

W/C or WC

Wing Commander  ( Winco )

WD

Women's Division

w.e.f. With Effect From
Whole Nine Yards USAAF 50 caliber ammo belts were nine yards long. When you had fired all your ammo, it was said that you gave him "the whole nine yards"

WIA

Wounded In Action

Window

Aluminum strips dropped to confuse German radar

Wing A number of flying squadrons (between two and four)

Winco  or  Wingco

Wing Commander

Wizard

Great, very good, excellent, first-class, amazing

W/Mech Wireless Mechanic

W/O or WO  or W/Op

Wireless Operator

WOI & WOII Warrant Officer  (1st & 2nd Class)
WOAG Wireless Operator / Air Gunner

WOP

Wireless Operator

WOP/AG

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner

Works & Bricks

Air Ministry Works Directorate; alt 'Wonders and Blunders'

WS

Wireless School

W/T

Wireless Telegraphy or Wireless Transmitter

Wuffs Gun noises
"Y" Depot Overseas Transit Depot
ZG Zerstörergeschwader (German twin-engine fighter wing)

Zombie

Canadian Draftee. They were only required to serve at home. These usually disgruntled "soldiers" were called the "Zombie Squad"

 

 

 

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