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The underbelly of history

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    The underbelly of history. A lot of stories like this buried with the men who fulfilled the missions...
    In the lighter moments of WWII, the Spitfire was used
    in an unorthodox role: bringing beer kegs to the men
    in Normandy.
    During the war, the Heneger and Constable brewery donated free beer to the troops. After D-Day, supplying the invasion troops in Normandy with vital supplies was already a challenge. Obviously, there was no room in the logistics chain for such luxuries as beer or other types of refreshments. Some men, often called 'sourcers', were able to get wine or other niceties from the land or rather from the locals. RAF Spitfire pilots came up with an even better idea.
    The Spitfire Mk IX was an evolved version of the Spitfire, with pylons under the wings for bombs or tanks. It was discovered that the bomb pylons could also be modified to carry beer kegs. According to pictures that can be found, various sizes of kegs were used. Whether the kegs could be jettisoned in case of emergency is unknown. If the Spitfire flew high enough, the cold air at altitude would even refresh the beer, making it ready for consumption upon arrival.
    A variation was a long range fuel tank modified to carry beer instead of fuel. The modification even received the official designation Mod. XXX.
    Propaganda services were quick to pick up on this, which probably explains the official designation.

    A staged shot of the Mod. XXX tank being filled.
    As a result, Spitfires equipped with Mod XXX or keg-carrying pylons were often sent back to Great Britain for maintenance or liaison duties. They would then return to Normandy with full beer kegs fitted under the wings.

    The Spitfire had very little ground clearance with the larger beer kegs.
    Typically, the British Revenue of Ministry and Excise stepped in, notifying the brewery that they were in violation of the law by exporting beer without paying the relevant taxes. It seems that Mod. XXX was terminated then, but various squadrons found different ways to refurbish their stocks, most often done with the unofficial approval of higher echelons.
    In his book Dancing in the Skies, Tony Jonsson, the only Icelancer pilot in the RAF, recalled beer runs while he was flying with 65 Squadron. Every week a pilot was sent back to the UK to fill some cleaned-up drop tanks with beer and return to the squadron. Jonsson hated the beer runs as every man on the squadron would be watching you upon arrival. Anyone who made a rough landing and dropped the tanks would be the most hated man on the squadron for an entire week.

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    I wonder what happened to Andy Wright on this similar thread......???

    http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/aviati...war-ii-171204/

    Was it something I said?
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    both of these threads are very interesting and it looks like that thread was andy's first and last posts!!! i love how he stated the whole story was a hoax then changed his mind then never came back got love people like that!

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    Sorry i didn't know this story was publish before

    donny

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    Quote by meech View Post
    Sorry i didn't know this story was publish before

    donny
    Doesn't matter, as I would not have found either thread with out you posting this one, thanks for sharing - very interesting piece of history.

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