View Full Version : RAF Pilots , hard to under...............

09-07-2008, 09:20 AM
....stand http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif, or to be honest, hardly something .
Am I the only one ? http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=5rKYL0tW-Ek&feature=related

09-07-2008, 09:20 AM
....stand http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif, or to be honest, hardly something .
Am I the only one ? http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=5rKYL0tW-Ek&feature=related

09-07-2008, 09:32 AM
I love that sketch http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

09-07-2008, 09:40 AM
Ah, Monty Python. A classic sketch, indeed! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

09-07-2008, 04:39 PM
RAF Banter is a special code... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

But seriously for a moment,RAF slang/banter existed in WW2. And afterwards also.

The Monty Python sketch of course parodies RAF slang with savage and dark effect..

Ok..so here's a test. What does the following WW2 RAF Slang/Banter mean?

1. Gone for a Burton.

2. Dicey.

3. Hairy.

4. Got the chop.

5. Wizard Prang.

6. Mae West.

7. Brassed Off.

8. Boffins.

9. Bang-on.

10. The Drink.

11. Goolie Chit.

12. Guinea Pig Club.

13. Jankers.

14. L.M.F. (This is an interesting subject).

15. Mahogany Spitfire.

16. Prang.

17. Wimpy.

Best Regards,

09-07-2008, 04:58 PM
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09-07-2008, 11:52 PM

2. Dangerous

3. Very Dangerous

4. Dead

5. Great crash


7. Annoyed

8. Scientists

9. Correct

10. Sea/River




14. Lacking in Moral Fibre


16. Accident/Crash


FIlled in a few http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

09-08-2008, 12:08 AM
1. Gone for a Burton. >>> Killed in action

2. Dicey. >>> Dangerous

3. Hairy. >>> Wild or crazy

4. Got the chop. >>> Killed in action, also see 'Gone for six'.

5. Wizard Prang. >>> Great Crash, ie. crash which plane was demolished but pilot survived unhurt

6. Mae West. >>> Lifesaver vest

7. Brassed Off. >>> Annoyed

8. Boffins. >>> Hi Tech specialists, ie. Radar technicians etc.

9. Bang-on. >>> Exactly, or Correct

10. The Drink. >>> The ocean, or as in "into the drink"

11. Goolie Chit. >>> Leave pass or paper which you carried with you over foreign territory, with translation offering reward for those who assisted you to escape.

12. Guinea Pig Club. >>> Special Clinic where pilots who were badly burned were sent to be given plastic surgery. Often new faces, noses, etc. See book by Battle of Britain pilot Richard Hillary "The Last Enemy".

13. Jankers. >>> ?

14. L.M.F. >>> 'Lack of Morale Fiber', official terminology for a pilot who has lost his nerve, equivalent to Combat fatigue

15. Mahogany Spitfire. >>> desk flown by ground bound Officers

16. Prang. >>> Crash

17. Wimpy. >>> Wellington Bomber

09-08-2008, 12:35 AM
Here's some more:

1) Brown Jobs

2) Shot down in flames

3) Scrambled eggs

4) Sparks

5) Corkscrew!

09-08-2008, 01:45 AM
Interesting stuff, is there a dictionary with more? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

09-08-2008, 02:06 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Buzzsaw-:
Here's some more:

1) Brown Jobs &gt; 'yes' ppl

2) Shot down in flames &gt; something that happens to Kurfurst quit often; proved wrong

3) Scrambled eggs &gt; gold braid like on an officers cap; high ranking officer

4) Sparks &gt; argument??

5) Corkscrew! &gt; aerial maneuver that looked like the spiral of a corkscrew

09-08-2008, 02:32 AM
Shot down in flames----&gt; A bull****ter who is found out, someone who tells stories that others know the true ending and say so, a person who is taken down a peg or two

09-08-2008, 07:15 AM



09-08-2008, 10:08 AM
oh yea, Xiolablu i was just thinking about those aswell.
different kind of RAF slang...it's london slang aswell innit innit isnt it?

Random... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

09-08-2008, 11:23 AM
Sparks: Wireless operator, typically in a bomber.

09-08-2008, 12:38 PM
Here's the answers:

1) Brown Jobs &gt;&gt;&gt; British Army

2) Shot down in flames &gt;&gt;&gt; When a female refuses requests for a dance or other less proper suggestions

3) Scrambled eggs &gt;&gt;&gt; Gold braid on an highranking Officer's Cap

4) Sparks &gt;&gt;&gt; Typical nickname for Bomber Radioman or Wireless op

5) Corkscrew! &gt;&gt;&gt; What the rear gunner on a Nightbomber calls to the pilot when he spots a German nightfighter. The pilot rolls hard into a sharp diving turn to the left, followed by a pullup into a climbing turn to the right. Usually this would lose the enemy. A Lancaster was a very maneuverable aircraft compared to most 4 engined bombers, and could do this maneuver quite quickly.

Did a search and here is site with most of the terms:


09-08-2008, 05:40 PM
11) Goolie Chit I believe. Was for pilots of Westland Wapatis. Who flew over Afganistan.
And were brought down/landed in Tribal territory. Where the Natives had the likelyhood of cutting off your "Family Jewels".
13) Was Jankers : A cool box or Jail?

09-08-2008, 07:15 PM
I think jankers were punishments handed out to those that transgressed....e.g. No 1 jankers....clean out the latreen etc