Glossary

Rather than try to define terms within each post, I’ll gather together any unfamiliar terms into this glossary. These are brief definitions; links through to Wikipedia fill in the blanks more fully.

  • Angels: brevity code for a pre-briefed reference altitude
  • Anzac: Australian and New Zealand Army Corps
  • AOC: Air Officer Commanding
  • Avro: a British aircraft manufacturer, with numerous landmark designs such as the Lancaster bomber
  • BCATP: The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan
  • Bf: Bayerische Flugzeuwek (Bavarian Aircraft Company). Planes included: Bf 109 (Messerschmitt 109), a single engine fighter aircraft and the Bf 110, a twin engine heavy fighter
  • C-in-C: Commander in Chief
  • Dornier: Do 17, a German bomber aircraft
  • Fw: Focke-Wolf. The Fw 190 was a single engine German fighter
  • Harvard: as a single-engine advanced trainer aircraft used by the Allies
  • Heinkle 111: He 111, a German bomber
  • Hurricane:  a British single-seat fighter aircraft designed by Hawker. Many were built in Canada
  • Junkers 87: Ju 87 single engine dive bomber, ‘Stuka’
  • Junkers 88: Ju 88 a German bomber
  • Lancaster:  a British four-engined Second World War heavy bomber
  • Luftwaffe: German Airforce
  • RAF: Royal Air Force
  • RCAF: Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Scramble: Rapid deployment of fighter aircraft to counter an offensive raid
  • SEAC: South East Asia Command. Set up as the body set up to be in overall charge of Allied operations in the South-East Asian Theatre during World War II.
  • Spitfire: a British single-seat fighter aircraft designed as a short-range, high-performance interceptor.
  • Squadron: a basic fighting unit of aircraft that consists of three or four “flights”, with a total of 12 to 24 aircraft, depending on aircraft type and air force
  • Supermarine: a British aircraft manufacturer that became famous for producing a range of sea planes and the Supermarine Spitfire fighter
  • Vickers-Armstrongs Limited:  a British engineering conglomerate; designer of the Wellington
  • WAAF: Women’s Auxiliary Air Force
  • Wehrmacht: the German armed forces, esp. the army, from 1921 to 1945
  • Wellington: a British twin-engine, long range medium bomber designed in the mid-1930s
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