Spitfire On A Beer Run Pic

Spitfire On A Beer Run Pic

Joined: December 26th, 2011, 5:00 pm

July 31st, 2012, 1:28 pm #1



I found this pic today. Anyone have and additional info on this? The caption reads:During the Battle of Normandy a British brewery decided to donate beer to the troops in France. The beer was carried in kegs that were mounted under the wings of Spitfires- where the bombs should go. The pilots would fly at high altitudes over the channel so that the cold air could refresh the beer. The program didn't last long.
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Joined: June 15th, 2012, 7:23 pm

August 5th, 2012, 7:09 pm #2

I read somewhere that when they flew Spits from an aircraft carrier to defend the Island of Malta they could not get close enough for the Spits limited flying range (I think the fuel tank only held about 96 gallons) and so they used beer kegs for extra fuel tanks as no genuine tanks were available at the time. This could be your answer.
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Joined: August 17th, 2012, 11:08 am

August 17th, 2012, 11:20 am #3

I'm quite sure that in Johnnie Johnson's book he writes that somebody was sent back to England from their airfield in Normandy to bring back beer in place of the drop tanks!
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