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Old 24th Feb 2016, 17:13
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A and C
 
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From what I can understand the term was late 20's early 30's RAF slang for someone who's engine had Quit and had forced landed, the idea being they would search for a pub to telephone for help a have a beer at the same time.

As with all living language things moved on and with the coming of WW2 the expression took on a much darker meaning.
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