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    Posted: 27 Dec 2015 at 20:09

An interesting report with some curious photographs showing a Spitfire of the RAF carrying beer kegs under the wings. I've never seen this. Can anyone tell what the purpose of it ? To see these curious and unbelievable photos, visit the link below:


http://aviacaoemfloripa.blogspot.com.br/2011/01/um-armamento-curioso.html


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My guess from the last picture, which shows people pouring from the caskets marked 188 PA into what looks like a bomb (to me) marked with Xs and faintly above, 'joy juice'.  Joy Juice refers to "moonshine," and my guess is that 188 PA refers to 188 proof alcohol (ethyl alcohol).  Was alcohol used as fuel?
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No. The Merlin demanded 100/130 octane aviation fuel and despite its success and reliability, was not the most tolerant engine of WW2 (The Russians regarded it it as a fussy engine).

The underwing beer kegs are exactly that apparently. I can't vouch for the authenticity of the claim (the internet search engines are too busy today) but it appears that Spitfires dropped beer kegs to troops in France after D-Day. Logistics is is a complex beast :D
http://www.unrv.com/forum/blog/31-caldrails-blog/
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