Heard the phrase “Gone for a Burton?”
The gallows humour of the RAF in the second world war is behind its continued use here in the UK today.
Prior to the war a series of adverts ran in the UK advertising Burton’s Ale. Each would depict a scene which was lacking a key figure – a goalkeeper in a football match, for example.
The explanation would be that he had “Gone for a Burton”.
The RAF took on the saying to refer to a plane that failed to return from action.
It was black humour such as this that helped make the horrible situation seem slightly more bearable – around 44% of RAF crewmembers would lose their lives in the war .
The saying caught on to such an extent that you still hear it today, except it can now refer to anything that is lost or broken.
Why am I telling you this?
Monday, April 1 will mark 95 years since the RAF was founded.
The bravery of the men and women who have taken to the skies, and still take to the skies, should not be underestimated.
If you’re looking to preserve the memory of some of the RAF’s finest, take a look at these remarkable Dam Busters collectibles we have for sale.