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Glossary of RAF code names

Summary
Code words used by the Royal Air Force during the Second World War: *Angels – height in thousands of feet. *Balbo – a large formation of aircraft. *Bandit – identified enemy aircraft. *Bogey – unidentified (possibly unfriendly) aircraft. *Buster – radio-telephony code phrase for 'maximum throttle' or full power climb. *Cab rank – an airborne patrol of fighter-bombers near a combat zone which could be called upon to attack specific targets as necessary. *Channel Stop – air operations intended to stop enemy shipping passing through the Straits of Dover. *Circus – daytime bomber attacks with fighter escorts against short range targets, to occupy enemy fighters and keep them in the area concerned. *Diver – radio-telephony code word for a sighted V-1 flying bomb. *Fighter night – introduced in November 1940, night patrols above a specified height with orders to shoot down any multi-engined aircraft.
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