WWII Day-By-Day: June 13
13 Jun 44: An English brewery donates a sizable amount of fresh beer for the troops fighting in Normandy and a unique delivery method is created, strapping kegs to the underwings of Spitfires being shipped to forward airfields. Flying at 12,000 feet chills the brew to perfection. The troops love it, but the British Ministry of Revenue and Excise steps in and informs the brewer that it is in violation of law to export beer without paying taxes on it. End of "authorized" beer runs.
Fighter squadron in formation
Description: Photograph from the log book of RAF Squadron Leader B.J.E. Lane. Date: 1940-2 Our Catalogue Reference: AIR 4/58 This image is from the collections of The National Archives. Feel free to share it within the spirit of the Commons. For high quality reproductions of any item from our collection please contact our image library.
Avro Lancaster aircraft under construction at the A V Roe & Co Ltd factory at Woodford in Cheshire, 1943. Despite constant losses in air battle over Germany, new production meant that the numbers of aircraft available were always increasing.
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RAF Pilot Officer James Harry 'Ginger' Lacey DFM and Bar (credited with 28 enemy aircraft destroyed), hard at work on a model aeroplane in Nº501 Squadron's dispersal hut at Colerne airfield, Wiltshire, England, 30th May 1941. (he died exactly 48 years later on the 30th May 1989 aged 72) IWM.