The B-17 was a bomber that flew daylight, high
Precision strategic bombing enough to preoccupy.
Dropped more bombs than any other plane
Lost so many crews to justify acclaim
A flying fortress, a castle in the air that won the sky.
The North American P51, bomber escort…super-class
Any Luftwaffe fighter could soundly surpass
With its Merlin engine power
And 19-1 kill rate scour
The airborne ‘Mustang’ really kicked some arse.
The spitfire was untried ammunition
The Stuka… an arrogant tactician
The spitfire proved sound
The Stuka went down
To be withdrawn due to cost of attrition.
The Lancaster was some plane from the start
Took ‘your-own-medicine’ into Germany’s heart
On there-and-back ops
With very few flops
The enemy was whittled apart.
The hurricane was the Battle of Britain’s true hero
To the Spitfire: a stooge-like Pierrot
The Spit got all the glory
But though understudying the story
Hurricanes kept our chances above zero.
The Mosquito was a honing down kit
Weight reduced by every cumbersome bit
So that speed was so blessed
It outran the rest
To be gone before they knew they were hit.
The Hawker Tempest as a plane was a beaut.
A super-Typhoon of brute
Took out the ME 262
Wherever it flew
Even intercepted the VI on route.
The Hawker Typhoon, with rocket projectile,
Harassed the Third Reich mile upon mile
Took out D-Day radar
Raked them near and afar
In deadly, purposeful style.
The Wellington got the chop in daylight
So was switched to flying at night
By the thousand they flew
More the ‘many’ than the ‘few’
And were far from a Nazi delight.
The Short Sunderland was bomber flying boat.
The ‘Flying Porcupine’ a nervous German gloat
Sea eagle hunter, subtle searcher,
Submarine seeker, submarine lurcher
Well and truly depth charge smote.
The first modern style monoplane heavy bomber
At first the Armstrong Whitley was a gonna
But nightly propaganda leaflet squirting
And under cover of darkness secret agent inserting
Ideal. So… first a full stop then a crafty comma.
The Bristol Beaufighter was loved by her crews
Not an aircraft to surprise or abuse
The first with radar equip
A night-fight to let rip
With torpedo and on-impact fuse.
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