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What did enemy fighter pilots call eachother in WW1?

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Doing a little research here. Does anyone know what slang words combat pilots called their enemy in WWI? What did the Brits call the Germans and vice versa? i`m aware they didn`t have radio comms in fighters, but they still must`ve had their `pet-hate` names at the time.

 

Most important right now is the slang the British pilots used for the Germans? Was it bogey? Bandit?  Or even `Hun`. I do need terms that are authentic. I`d rather not guess.

 

It`s for a project i`m doing.

 

Thanks in advance.

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If someone was punching holes in my kite I don't think I can repeat on here what I would be calling him...

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$&*%#*! and $&@*#%&!

Were most common.

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RFC pilot accounts usually use the term "Huns".  "Boche" was French slang, but may have occasionally been used by the British. The Canadians and Yanks used might have used the term the term "Heinie".

 

IIRC MvR and his lot sometimes referred to the RFC as  "The Lords" (ironically).

 

Bogey = unidentified aircraft, bandit = enemy aircraft, but I think these are later inventions, especially useful for radio communications between planes, which of course did not exist in WW1.

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Thankyou all very much...

 

I think `boche` and `hun` will work for now with the odd expletive.

 

Run out of `thanks` emoticons will give more as they become available!

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bastards :)

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Tommies for Brits , Frogs for French, ,Fritz ,Kraust for German , Yanky for US. 

Read that Jerry was also used in ww1 but not sure about it.

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Capt. W.E. Johns used the colourful phrase "sausage guzzlers" a number of times in his books.  Perhaps that goes back to his days in the RFC?

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23 minutes ago, Feathered_IV said:

Perhaps that goes back to his days in the RFC?

or maybe his days in the famed British Public School system...*

 

*NTTAWWT.

 

W.E. Johns was a bit of a charlatan though. Not a Captain, and I was pretty sure he was never even a pilot, but rather an Observer / Air Gunner, though his Wiki entry now claims otherwise...

 

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3 hours ago, [_FLAPS_]Diggun said:

or maybe his days in the famed British Public School system...*

 

 

 

He spent no days in a British Public School, he went to Grammar School.

 

NTTAWWT.

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