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tshryock Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 8:29 a.m. PST

My first post was apparently eaten by a bug that put it in something about captured KV-1s, so I'll try again.

I was reading a book about B-17s and the author (a co-pilot) used the term "powdered" several times in conjunction with describing an aircraft being hit.
I've never seen that term before. Does it mean the aircraft blew up (like a big puff of powder)? Or is it just slang for getting hit?

RittervonBek31 Aug 2017 8:51 a.m. PST

could it be "pulverised"is what is meant?

Ed von HesseFedora31 Aug 2017 10:09 a.m. PST

Slang for getting hit either very hard, or a lot, or both.

SteelVictory Inactive Member01 Sep 2017 11:29 a.m. PST

Sometimes the same word can have different usage depending on the service branch or theater.

In the Eighth Air Force "pancake" meant a very hard landing. For the USMC pilots in the PTO "pancake" meant a routine landing.

wrgmr101 Sep 2017 7:23 p.m. PST

Probably meaning smoke from flak. Being powdered by the smoked and shrapnel.

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