The World War 2 Obscure Trivia Thread


#246

It just came to my mind


#247

Sometimes things in the military are known by their nicknames nearly as well (or even better) than their designations, lets see how many of these aircraft y’all can identify.

The Stringbag

Flying Zippo

Varnished Coffin

Flying Pencil

The Hunchback

Flying Prostitute

Sasha

Duchess of the Sky

Dumbo


#248

SAM-2?


#249

The Stringbag is the Fairey Swordfish


#250

Heard it called a “telephone pole,” with the official callsign being Guideline. Either way, not the “Flying Pencil” of WW2.


#251

The flying pencil was the Do-17.


#252

√ The Stringbag = Fairey Swordfish

Flying Zippo

Varnished Coffin

√ Flying Pencil = Dornier Do 17

The Hunchback

Flying Prostitute

Sasha

Duchess of the Sky

Dumbo

2 out of 9 so far. And the one was really a free-be.


#253

Was Duchess of the Sky a British flying boat of some kind?


#254

Flying Zippo = Betty bomber?


#255

Yep. The Mitsubishi G4M “Betty.”

3/9


#256

Trying really hard not to give up and google some of these.

Was Sasha a Russian biplane of some kind? I can’t remember the name of the thing but I think it used to do night nuisance raids on German lines or something like that.


#257

The struggle is real.

There are many more, but these were the ones I could think off the top of my head without Google help.

Sasha was Russian, but not a biplane. The nuisance raider was the Polikarpov Po-2, later called the “Mule.” Basically the Ruskie version of the Stearman.


#258

Hunchback.


#259

A few more (the first one should be fairly easy).

The Wooden Wonder

The Rat

The Sewing Machine

The Jug


#260

This one is driving me mad. I’m sure I read it somewhere.

How about the P-39?


#261

Ah, yeah. And it was sort of out of the timeframe etc…


#262

de Havilland Mosquito?


#263

Also known as the Timber Terror.


#264

Correct. The Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 “Sparviero.”


#265

The Wooden Wonder - (answered already) the good old Mossie

The Rat - the Polikarpov I-16; earned the name “Rata” during the Spanish Civil War

The Sewing Machine - another Polikarpov, this time their crop-duster: the Po-2

The Jug - the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, in part due to the shape of the fuselage (looks like a milk jug) but mostly a short form of “juggernaut”

Not from what I heard. “Sasha” is going to be the most difficult, unless you’ve heard the anecdotal story regarding a Russian ace.

Still got “Varnished Coffin,” “Flying Prostitute,” Duchess of the Sky," and “Dumbo” left.