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Old 10th December 2022, 02:15
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Luftwaffe Air Combat Slang

There are a number of classic well-known RAF slang phrases eg beware the hun in the sun, gone west, gone for a burton and so on.

Anyone know of any German air slang?
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Old 10th December 2022, 03:52
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Outstanding question. I hope it does well.

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Re: Luftwaffe Air Combat Slang

I suppose Kaczmarek (wingman) is the best known — but what is its origin? Someone in fiction, or a cartoon character maybe?

Amis, Tommis, Ivans for opponents.
Mühle (mill) for an aircraft (or just the engine?)
Aal (eel) for Torpedo

For veterans of NSG 9, serving in Italy, a Staffelkapitän was “der Capitano”.
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Re: Luftwaffe Air Combat Slang

Indianer for enemy aircraft……Horrido to signify an aircraft shot down… Pauke for enemy spotted and about to attack. There were quite a number of such terms or sayings
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Re: Luftwaffe Air Combat Slang

Viermots, 4 Motor bombers.
Pauk! Pauk! , Engage, Hit, Attack!

There are lots of others in good original air fighting books. Also, many "official" codewords or abbreviations in Night fighting and Radio comms.

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Re: Luftwaffe Air Combat Slang

‘Mühle’ seems to have been used like the RAF ‘kite’.
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Re: Luftwaffe Air Combat Slang

A friend has sent me copies of "Deckwortverzeichnis für den Jägersprechverkehr"; there are quite a number and quite interesting but no slang as such
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"Ich habe durst" - I am thirsty = out of fuel
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Understood-Viktor; not understood-Ricardus. We could go on for ages with this!
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Re: Luftwaffe Air Combat Slang

Here is collection of terms with english translation:
https://www.gyges.dk/Operatonal%20br...Ver%2010_1.pdf
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