Recording the History -
RAF Slang and Acronyms -
An A to Z of RAF Acronyms and Slang.
48 A 48 hour leave pass, A 24, A 36 , 0r A 72 also applied
A.M.O's Air Ministry Orders
Ace Accumulator trolley, also someone who was good or an expert (normally applied to successful fighter pilots)
Adj A Corruption of adjutant
Air raid get a haircut
Airmens comforts reference to waaf and wraf personnel
alakeefic or alekeefic Indifferent or apathetic. Thought to be from Arabic
Albert, or Fat Albert A C-
Ami American (GAF)
Angels Altitude in 1,000's of feet. One angel was 1,000ft thus 'Angels 13' was 13,000ft.
Annie Fond nickname given to the Avro Anson twin engined maid of all work
Apron aircraft movement or parking area
Archie general term for anti-
Arse end charlie Rear turret gunner in bombers and other types of aircraft.
Rear aircraft in a formation.
Auggies Pronounced oggies. Members of the RAuxAF.
Augured in Crashed (USAAF, USAF, USN)
AWOL absent without leave
Balbo A large formation of aircraft.
Bale Out To take to one's parachute. To abandon the aircraft.
Bandit Enemy Aircraft
Bang On to be correct
Bang Out Eject. Also used of getting out of a situation, eg It was a boring party, so I banged out at 9.
Bang Seat Ejection seat
Baron An officer
Barrack room lawyer An individual who thought that they knew all the answers to Kings/Queens regulations and disciplinary matters and how to avoid/get out of any air force/military legal problem
Battle bowlers Protective steel helmet
Bean stealer Married Man living in single quarters. (Not paying for food or accommadation. Stealing the single mans food)
Bearer used to describe the servant/batman employed by other ranks in tropical/semi tropical climates
Beat up A low level pass over an airfield or other point usually frowned upon
Beer Lever Joystick
BEngO Baby Engineer Officer. An officer of the Engineer Branch about to join, undergoing or just out of engineering training. By comparison with JEngO and Sengo.
Best blues reference to the best or number one uniform for parades and walking out
Bimble A walk, stroll or amble.
Binding Whining about conditions
Binding like the clappers Being unspeakably boring
Bint Young girl (from arabic)
Black A poor show or something done badly. To put up a black -
Black Outs WAAF knickers, navy-
Blighty The UK
Blitz, A solid lump of A large formation of enemy aircraft
Blonde Job A Young woman with fair hair.
Blood wagon ambulance
Bod Body or person
Body Snatcher Stretcher bearer
Boffs Term for the scientists used by aircrew of the Experimental Flying Dept. at the RAE Farnborough.
Bogey Unidentified aircraft
Boggies Term used for those who did National Service
Bogus Sham, spurious
Bolshie Someone who had a chip on their shoulder
Bomphleteers Airmen engaged on early leaflet raids. See also 'Nickels'
Bondu General term in MEAF for any area of desert.
BONDU BASH TAKING A TRIP OUT IN THE SURROUNDING DESERT
Bone dome air crew crash/safety helmet
Boomerang (To) To return to base with an unservicable aircraft
Bought it killed in action, crashed, shot down, gone for a burton. See also 'Bought the Farm'
Bought the farm Crashed. Originated when USAAF pilots were obliged to pay for damages caused after crashing on private property.
Brain On A Chain RAF Police Dog, said to be more intelligent than their handlers!
Brassed Off Unhappy -
Brasses Refering to all brass buttons, badges, buckles and fittings on webbing and equipment. "Clean your brass", polish your buttons badges etc
Brat Specifically, an Apprentice at RAF Halton or RAF Locking. Generaly Apprentice or Boy Entrant. (from Trenchard Brat after MRAF Lord Trenchard whose idea the apprenticeship scheme was).
Breathing licence ference to the official identity card without which you could be up the creek!
Brolly A parachute
Brown Job Army Soldier
Browned Off Unhappy, Fed up
Buckshee Something for nothing, free
Bull anything related to cleaning, polishing, eg buttons, boots, webbing, accomodation, or such
Bull night weekly evening cleaning of barrack blocks and ablutions etc
Bullshit any form of cleaning/polishing. rubbish, evasion, lies, subterfuge, etc. Etc
Bumper, the heavy metal brush on the end of a pole, swung back and forth to polish barrack room floors. Bumper from what it did, Bump.
Bumph Useless paperwork or form filling
Bundoo The desert
Burton, Gone for A Burton.... The phrase 'Gone for a Burton' probably came from a pre-
Dead, killed, crashed, gone in the drink.
Bus Driver Bomber pilot
Buttoned up Job properly completed.
Button Stick Special flat slotted “tool” used for cleaning brass uniform buttons, until the general issue of anodised buttons in the 1960’s.
Cab A helicopter. Also an aircraft, used a lot on the Phantom fleet (might be a navy term).
Canteen Cowboy Ladies' man
Cattle boat a troopship
cement poisoning Description of a terminal ground impact
Char and a wad The cup of tea and the bun/cake often purchased from mobile NAAFI or WVS, Salvation Army canteens or the NAFFI Club itself
Chai Tea...from Indian or Arabic derivation. Shouts from billets could be heard of CHAI! to the bearers (servants) indicating tea was wanted. Nobody indicated who they were, the bearer always seemed to know who had done the shouting!
Charp To take a nap. From Indian Charpoy -
Chicks fighter escort of bomber. fighters waiting for airborne tanker
Chiefie originally applied to a Flight Sergeant, but now also used for a Chief Technician
Chitty, Chit any paper/document that allowed or excused something. Excused Boots chit for example. Also used when a stores request was put in
Chopped Removed from a course of training. Failed to make the grade.
chuff chart A chart indicating -
Circuits and Bumps Practice circuits and landings.
Clampers Weather unfit for flying
Clapped Out Nearing end of useful life
Cloud & Clonk Weather/Ground (airborne) Radar
Colonel, The The Naafi, as in Colonel Gaddafi
Come the old soldier From army derivation. To come the old soldier, or Don't come the old soldier with me. To use experience, knowledge, service time etc to make excuses, avoid the issue, argue without insubordination etc
Completely Cheesed No hope at all.
Compo short for composite rations, tinned and field food
Controlled crash a successful and safe landing
Cope To accomplish, to deal with.
Crabbing along Flying near the ground or water
Crab, Crabs a member of the Navy, Navy Personnel.
Crow used at the RAF Regt Depot for people invalided off the Junior Regt Officer Cse; abbreviation for Crippled Regiment Officer Wannabe
D. I. Drill Instructor. Usually found on schools of recruit training.
Deck, Crack down on To 'pancake' an aircraft
Deck, the The ground or surface of the sea.
Desert Lily Urinal made from a tin can
Dhobi Laundry, washing -
Dhobi dust washing powder
Dicey do A hair raising or dangerous situation or operation, a close thing
Dicke autos Luftwaffe code for allied bombers "fat cars"
Dicky seat Usually refering to the second or co-
Dim as a NAAFI candle Not too bright !
Dim as a Toc-
Ditch, To To land an aircraft in the sea
Dog fight Aerial Combat.
Dope Information (USMC).
Drill, The right Correct method of doing anything
Drink An ocean, river or lake. The sea
Drink, In the To come down in the sea
Dud Applied to weather when unfit to fly.
Duff gen Dud or useless information
Dunlops dangling, Dunlops:-
Dust bin. Rear gunner's lower position in aircraft
Duty dog orderly officer or snco also orderly dog
Egg beater/ whisk Helicopter
Erk Ground crew. A beginner in any job.
Egyptian PT To laze on ones bed or pit.
Fairy A Member of the Radio/Radar trades.
Fang Farrier Dentist
Fat Albert C130 Hercules
FFI Free From Infection, usually applicable to venereal problems
Fifteen years of undetected crime The award of the Long Service and Good conduct Medal
File 13 The waste paper basket
Finger, To remove one's To hurry or pay attention (Get your finger out)
Fish head A Member of the Royal Navy
Fish Heads The Navy
Fizzer A disciplinary charge. On a fizzer.
Flaming Onions Anti-
Flannel To avoid telling the truth
Flap A chaotic event. A disturbance or general excitement. (In a flap)
Flying Tadpole WW2 Handley Page Hampden Bomber also 'Flying suitcase', 'Flying panhandle'
Fox, To To do something clever or cunning
Fruit Salad medal ribbons
FUBAR USAF -
Gardening Sowing mines in water from low level.
Garry Motorized vehicle ( transportation) RAF India dirivative?
Gash Spare, available item (usually for free). Not to be confused with the Royal Navy "gash" which means "rubbish" ie "ditch the gash" meaning throw the rubbish overboard
Gen General information of any kind. (pronounced jen)
George Automatic pilot
Get Cracking Get going
Get some in applied to someone who has done very little service time
Get your ink dry. applied to someone who has not yet done any long length of service.
Get your knees brown applied to someone who still has white skin in hot climates, new arrival
Gin clear Description of cloudless sky. Applied much more frequently in the desert than in the UK, for obvious reasons... possible derivation. Submariners removed diesel oil from periscope lenses with gin -
gin palace Electronics Centre on an airfield
Ginger beer Engineeer
Gippy Tummy Gastroenteritis
Gizzit A freeby, free gift (Gizzit here)
GO Bag A V Force term for the nav bag containing the secret target and other information which went everywhere with a crew on QRA.
God Botherer Chaplain
Golden Eagle Day Pay day
Gone for a Burton Missing in action or killed
Gong A medal
Gong, To collect a To get a medal
Goolie Chit A scrap of paper issued when flying over hostile territory offering a reward to the natives to return you to the nearest Allied unit unharmed
Grease Monkey short for composite rations, tinned and field food
Greenhouse Cockpit canopy
Gremlins WW2 expression for any malfunction in an aircraft which was not readily identifiable or was of an intermittent nature. From Gremlins being of a mischeivious nature and getting into the works
Ground Wallah An officer who did not fly
Groupie The rank of group captain
Hairy Mary No 2 dress -
Halibag Halifax Bomber
Handbrake house Station Headquarters
HAVING A CLUTCH MT EXPRESSION MEANING TO HAVE A DRIVE OF A VEHICLE NOT PREVIOUSLY DRIVEN BY THAT PERSON
Hedge hopping Flying extremely low over countryside so as to seem to be hopping over hedges, power lines and telephone lines were always a hazard, as were railway bridges
Hen House waaf or wraf quarters see also Waafery
Hit the silk Take to one's parachute. Bale out.
Hog Dangler RAF Police dog handler.
Homeplate A pilot's home airfield (USAAF, USAF, USN)
Housewife sewing kit
Hurriback A Hurricane fighter
Ice Cream Man Ice Cream Man-
Imshi go away, from the Arabic
In the saddle Immediately behind a target and ready to attack. (USAAF, USAF)
Indianer Luftwaffe slang for American fighters -
Irons knife,fork and spoon:-
Iron Fairy A small mechanical crane
Janker wallah someone on jankers
Jankers Punishment for minor offence
JEngO Junior Engineer Officer. Strictly only on a flying squadron, but somtimes used of any junior officer of the Engineer Branch.
Jerry a German, esp.German soldier.
Jerry Can Petrol container (USA origin)
Jink away Sharp manoeuvre. Evasive action of aircraft
Joystick, joystick jockey Reference to the aircraft control column, and a pilot
Katschmarek Luftwaffe slang for wingman, the trailing aircraft in a two plane Rotte; required to stick with leader, following his lead.
Kipper Fleet The Nimrod fleet
Kipper Kite A Coastal Command aircraft protecting fishing fleets in the North and Irish seas.
Krs King's Regulations
Last three the last three figures of a service number, usually required at pay parades and other occasions
Leaping Heap Harrier Jump Jet
Liberty Gharri Transport from camp to town
Line Book Collection of amusing gaffes or slips of the tongue on a squadron or Mess.
Line shoot Exaggeration -
Liney An Aircraft Mechanic.
LMF Lack of moral fibre
Lumpy Jumpers WAAF or airwoman; orig. from difference in profile of issue "woolly pully" when worn by female personnel
Mae West Life jacket which inflates if wearer falls into the sea.
Mahleesh Never mind, or indifferent. From Arabic
Mahogany Spitfire Desk 'flown' by penguins and ground wallahs
Mechanical Humming Bird name given to HS Harrier GR1 aircraft by Harrier groundcrews of No 1 Fighter Squadron -
milk bottle Someone who has just arrived overseas and has yet to get a tan
milk run A mission to an easy target with little opposition
Minging Something that is not very nice or dirty
Mooney A new arrival from UK to warmer climes like Singapore, (because their pale skin is a moon tan not a sun tan)
Mother hen senior waaf or wraf officer, see mother superior and queen bee also
Mother Superior senior wraf or waaf officer, see Queen bee also
Mudmover Ground Attack aircraft pilot
Muscle in To take advantage of a good thing
NATO standard Tea or coffee with milk and sugar. Usually a response to, "How do you want your tea/coffee?"
NBG NBG....no bloody good
NFI Not F***king interested!
NFL Not F***king likely!
Nickels Propaganda leaflets.
Nimrod Someone who has the look of respectability but is both ethically and morally destitute
No joy Failure, unsuccessful
Nunnery WAAF and WRAF quarters, see mother superior
OC Bogs and Drains OC Works Services Flight, or the equivalent. Responsible for the upkeep of the Station infrastructure.
Office Cockpit of an aircraft
Oggin The sea
Old lag Cockpit canopy
Old Man The squadron CO
Ombasha Corporal, derived from Arabic
Organise To 'win' an article. Blag.
Oxbox Airspeed Oxford aircraft.
Pack up, to Cease to function
Packet, to catch a To be on the receiving end of offensive fire
Pan The airfield
Pancake To land an Aeroplane
Peanut Term usually applied to members of the now obsolete Trade Group 11, Telecommunication Operator/Controllers branch.
Pebble Monkey Pebble Monkey-
Peel off, To Break formation to engage enemy
Penguin Ground officers with no operational experience.
Piece of Cake An easy target with little opposition
Pig Varsity [ or Valletta ] aircraft
Pig (A) The Valetta transport a/c
Pink chit Permission to do something -
Pit Pit or pit time means bed or time spent in bed
Pit practice going to bed or taking a snooze or lay down
Play pussy Hide in clouds
Pleep A squeak.
Plonk AC2, the lowest rank in the RAF
Plug away Continue to fire. Keep after target.
Plumber A member of the Armourer trades
Pongo A member of the British Army viz -
Poodle pusher RAF Police Dog Handler .
Popsie Girl friend
POSB Pronounced Posbie. Someone who is tight with their money. Originated from those who oversubscribed to their Post Office Savings Book.
Someone who had a deduction at source to their Post Office account so they never had the money to stand their round
Prang To crash
prang wagon crash or fire tender
Press on regardless unofficial motto of the RAF
Prune Inexperienced Pilot Officer from WWII cartoon character
Pukka gen Accurate or useful information.
Pulpit Cockpit of an aircraft
Pusser Duck Supermarine Walrus amphibian aircraft see also Shagbat and Steam Pigeon
Pyard squared Corned beef
Quack medical officer, or orderly, nurse, or anyone in medical branch
Queen bee senior wraf or waaf officer, see mother superior also
Queen Mary A low loader articulated trailer for transporting a/c fuselage and wings
Quick Squirt Short sharp burst of machine gun fire
Rang the Bell Got good results
REMF Rear Eschelon MotherF*cker
Rhubarb Short cross channel seek/destroy sortie (WW2)
Rigger Member of the Airframes trade
Rigger Blood Hydraulic fluid
Rings Rank designation on an officer's sleeve
ROAD USAF -
Rock ape term applied to, and used by members of RAF Regiment
Rodeo Fighter sweep
Ropey Uncomplimentary adjective -
RUMBLES This was the sound made at nightime when a trainee from one board-
R.Os Station Routine Orders
Sabrinas The name for the external bulges added to the Hunter for collecting the 30mm Aden cannon shell links which, when ejected from the aircraft, were found to disrupt the airflow into the engine on the original Hunter
Scaley A married man on full allowances. Derived from the time when marriage allowance was paid and the recipients were known as Scaley because they received the Scale A level of pay.
Scopie Person employed within the Aerospace Operator trade or Fighter Control branch. AKA Scope Dope
Scrambled Egg Gold braid on officer's caps
Scraper Thin ring worn with two thicker ones on uniform sleeve or shoulder identifying a Squadron Leader. From a scraper ring on a piston in a piston engine
Screamed downhill Executed a power dive
Screaming hab dabs Gastroenteritis
Screaming Tit slang for the Argosy Freighter from its engine noise and the small black radar dome on its nose
Scuffer RAF Policeman (or woman).
SEngO Senior Engineer Officer. Strictly only on a flying squadron, but somtimes used of any squadron leader of the Engineer Branch.
Shack Avro Shackleton
Shagbat Supermarine Walrus Seaplane use in air sea rescue duties.
Shiny/Shiney A member of the admin trades (from Shiney a**e because they wore the seats of their trousers shiney by permanently sitting down).
Shitehawk any representation of the raf eagle on shoulder, uniform badge etc.
Shooting a Line See Line shoot
Shot down in flames Crossed in love. Given a severe reprimand
Shreddies Male underwear
Shufti To look.
shufti kite Reconnaisance aircraft
Skirt patrol, On On the lookout for a popsie
Sky pilot A chaplain
SLOps Squadron Leader Ops. Why such an important personage on a station got lumbered with such an amusing abbreviation is a minor mystery.
Snafu Situation Normal All Fouled (inoffensive alternative). Up
Snag 1.A defect, particularly technical. 2. A Leading Aircraft Apprentice at Halton.
Snake about Operational aerobatics
Snowdrop RAF Policeman (or woman) by virtue of his/her wearing a white covered cap
Soggies Breakfast cereal soaked in milk and allowed to go -
Sooty Member of the Propulsion Trade
Spacies Air Cadets (by comparison to space cadets).
Spam Can B24 Liberator Bomber
Sparks/sparkie reference to those who wore the signals badge on their sleeve or aircrew who wore the signallers brevet
Spoof A diversionary raid or operation
Sprog an inexperienced young officer, or a child or A 'new boy' fresh from training
Spun In A bad mistake. Analagous of an aircraft spinning out of control into the ground.
SqIntO pronounceed squint-
Squabbling bleeder The rank of Squadron Leader
Square bashing The period of recruit training in basic drill or any form of parade
Squirt A short machine gun burst
Pukka gen Accurate or useful information.
Station Rock OC Station Regiment (or Ground Defence Training) Flight
Stationmaster Commanding officer of a Station
steam pigeon Supermarine Walrus amphibian aircraft see also Shagbat
STICKY BUN MERCHANT SOMEONE WHO USED SPEND THEIR TIME DRINKING TEA AND EATING STICKY BUNS IN THE N.A.A.F.I.
Stooge Deputy, Second pilot or any assistant
Stooging about Delayed landing for various reasons. Flying slowly over and area. Patrolling.
subsonic lawnmowers Name adopted by joint 15/16 sqdn Buccaneers det to Lossiemouth
Sweep Fly over enemy territory looking for targets
SWO Term for the Station Warrant Officer responsible for all discipline etc
SWO Man A description for the Station Warrant Officer.
Synthetic Not the real thing. Also applied to ground training.
Tail End Charlie Rear Gunner in a bomber or rear aircraft in a formation.
Tally ho! RAF) Am about to attack / Have sighted enemy
Tank Aircraft Apprentice NAAFI at RAF Halton
Target for Tonight Girlfriend
Tear off a strip Reprimand, take down a peg
Tee up To prepare a job, to get ready.
Tentpeg To crash like that implies
The Camp Bicycle This referred to a service or civilian female on a station who put it around a bit.
Thunderbox Chemical toilet. Any form of field toilet requiring emptying!
Tiffy Typhoon fighter/bomber, fighter/ground attack
Tin Basher An Airframe Fitter.
TIT firing button on a control stick, the tit the button, press the tit to fire
Tits Up Refers to an equipment unserviceability -
Tommy German slang for Englishman
Tonka Panavia Tornado
Top brass Senior Officer (normally of Air Rank)
Touch bottom Crash
Toys Training equipment
Train, Driving the Leading more than one squadron into battle
Trenchard Brat An apprentice at Halton
Trog RAF Police slang for walking the wire on SSA, ESA etc
Trucky, Truckies Transport aircraft pilots
Twilights WAAF underwear, light coloured summer-
Ulu The jungle
Undercart Undercarriage (or u/c Gear) of an aircraft
Vegetables Accoustic or magnetic mines
Vic Formation of aircraft in a v shape
Vim Tin English Electric Lightning in its original silver colour looked like a tin of Vim
Waafery waaf or wraf quarters see also henhouse
Wallah suffix applied to all local labour, for instance donkey wallah, water wallah, dhobi wallah, of Indian derivation
Whipper In A single aircraft used to fly around a large flypast formation during rehearsals, giving corrective guidance to any aircraft which is not quite in the right position.
Whistleing Wheelbarrow Argosy
Whistling Tit Argosy, Radome on the nose plus the engine noise
Whizzo Jolly good show
Wiggly Amps What you find in electronic equipment going through the wires. From the appearance of oscilloscope displays, which measure the wiggly amps, and the unit of current. Also used more generally of electronic equipment itself.
Wimpie Fond nickname given to the Vickers Wellington bomber. Prabably derived from a newspaper cartoon character of the same name
Window Strips of metallic paper cut to the length of the frequency of a radar site when dropped gave a false radar echo
Wingco Wing Commander
Wingless wonder derogatory term applied to mainly to officers who did not wear the flying brevet and were over officious
Wiring Extremely low level flying. Has been in use for the last 41 years in the RED ARROWS.
Wizard First class, attractive, ingenious, superlative
Wizard Prang To hit a target well
Wizzo First Class
Wokka wokka Chinook helicopter. Derives from the distinctive sound of the twin rotors.
Wonders and Blunders Air Ministry Works Department, also known as works and bricks.
Working your ticket Trying to get out of the services
Yonks A long Long time ago
Yug and Yugging A Yug is a wobble in the vertical plane during formation flying. Hence to yug and yugging.
Zobbit A commissioned officer -
Zot An Arrows word for a verbal de-
ABGS(ME) Air Bombing & Gunnery School (Middle East)
AC1 Aircraftman First Class
AC2 Aircraftman Second Class
ACDU (ME) -
ACH Air Craft Hand
ACRC (ME) -
Stormy Down 8 AGS = Evanton 9AGS = Llandwrog 10AGS = Castle Kennedy (moved to Barrow -
11 AGS = Andreas, Isle of Man (moved to Jurby -
AGS(ME/I) Air Gunners School (Middle East/India)
APC (S) -
APCS & SS-
BAS&HEDS Bomber Airborne Support & Heavy Equipment Dropping Squadron
BBOC Brought Back on Charge
of SCR274. See SCR.)
BCIR&EF Bomber Command Instrument Rating & Examining Flight
Cal Flt -
CFWD = Communication Flight Western Desert
CSS Communications and Support Squadron
FCCS/F Fighter Command Communication Squadron/Flight
F I DS/U -
F I U -
F M A -
F M E Flight Mechanic Engines
F w -
G/C Group Captain
(G) OTU -
GP CF -
H2S Airborne radar navigational and target location aid
Hdlg Sqn -
HOCF = Helicopter Operational Conversion Flight
HQ AC -
HQ ATA -
HQ EFT -
HQ FPP -
HQ P&SS -
HQ PTC -
HQ STC -
HQ TAF -
HS Flt -
Met Res -
Min Tech -
MOD(PE) Ministry of Defence (Procurement Executive)
MR squadron -
NI CF -
POR Personnel Occurrence Records
RAT Flight -
RCM Squadron Flight -
R/T radio telegraphy/ Radio Telephony
S/C Sergeant Chef
5 SFTS Brantford Canada, 18 SFTS Gimli, Manitoba 36 SFTS -
37 SFTS -
S/L or S/Ldr -
S of AN -
S of TT -
T/F/Sgt. Temporary Flight Sergeant
TTS = Torpedo Training School/Squadron
USAAC/F United States Army Air Corpse/Flight
WOT1 War Office Type 1 fire tender
WRAFVR (T) -
Bloodhound specific Acronyms and RAF Slang
GWRU Guided Weapons Research Unit
Specific to Bloodhound and BHFU Aberporth
BHFU BloodHound Firing Unit (Aberporth Trials Unit)
M.O.T.E Missile Overall Test Equipment.
T.86 Target illuminating radar Type 86 code name Firelight
T.87 Target illuminating radar Type 87code name Scorpion
L.C.P Launch Control Post
P.I.P Pressurised Instrumentation Package. (Telemetry Equipment)
W.R.E.B.U.S Weapons Research Establishment Break Up System (Range Safety-
RAF Form 700. This was an Aircraft Servicing Form. The Bloodhound missile was considered an “aircraft”, so Form 700 was used in all servicng aspects on the Bloodhound Missile system until computers came into general service.
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I make no claim to be the hard working collector or author of the following acronyms and phrases. I came across them some years ago, but cannot now trace their on-
However, this sometimes humorous collection is so nostalgic to most ex RAF servicemen that it seems a shame not to give them more general exposure.
Should the author come to light I will give him the publicity he deserves, or remove them from this site if requested to do do.
If you are ex-
In the four decades since I left the “mob”, I never again came across the term “Shreddies”, RAF slang for underpants, or “Drawers Cellular” as they were officially called.
Ie “My Shreddies were lost in the laundry sir.”
I think the few I told this fact over the years did not really believe me but now at last I find it here on this list : “Shreddies”........” Confirmed!