England, 1944

The squadron leader enters an RAF officers' mess and takes off his helmet


Morning, squadron leader.

Squadron Leader

What-ho, Squiffy.


How was it?

Squadron Leader

Top hole. Bally Jerry pranged his kite right in the how's your father. Hairy blighter dicky-birded, feathered back on his Sammy, took a waspy, flipped over on his Betty Harper's and caught his can in the Bertie.

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None of this banter is nonsense, it is all actual vernacular that was in use.

"Ten penny ones dropping in the custard."

Ten penny ones = ten penny nails, the largest size nails available in those days; my Dad thinks this is a reference to V1 rockets running out of fuel and landing in the ocean (custard) before reaching Dover.

"Cabbage crates coming over the briny" = bombers flying over the English channel.

Egg and Fours = this is Cockney rhyming slang, meaning "drawers" and short for egg and four sausages.


Bally gerry pranged his kite | Watched a german crash his plane

Right in the how's-your-father | straight into the ground/sea/unmentionable

Harry/hairy blighter dickie birdied/birded | British idiot/dastardly troublemaker German ratatat tated/ fired a blank

Feathered back on his sammie | throttled back/made a quick turn

Took a waspie | got hit

Flipped.... | flipped...

And caught his... | augered in

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I have heard of WWII pilots making the bacon reference. The ammo belts for the aircraft's wing guns were laid out in long compartments and with the several colors of brass, copper, and darker links had the striated appearance of strips of bacon when fully loaded, if one used their imagination. Thus, "get the bacon delivered" = go shoot some holes in enemy aircraft.

Prang = an aircraft crash into terrain

Kite = Aircraft

Easy af, lads!

'This bloody German crashed his plane into another plane's underside. The idiot was damaged, lost power, was shot (by one of our planes), rolled over onto his back and crashed in the ocean.'

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Excellent. Bloody German damaged the rear of his aircraft. A difficult enemy, tried a difficult manoeuvre, pulled up his aircraft, flipped over. However in the course of the manoeuvre crashed into the sea.
anonymousV1 rockets

They were not rockets. They were jet powered.


is not what the

anonymousEnglish channel.

is. It's a sea.

I'd imagine that cabbage is a reference to sauerkraut....
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“…and that’s ordinary cabbages is it?!?! And what about the bombs?!?! GOOD LORD they ARE expensive”

Thank you Shirley!