The Spitfire – Bringing Beer Kegs To the Men In Normandy



During World War II, British breweries donated free beer to soldiers, but just after D-Day there was no room made to ship it over the English Channel. Official missions were stopped when the UK Tax Office warned brewers that they were prohibited from exporting beer abroad without paying taxes, but pilots found a way to get beer where it was needed. Mechanics discovered that bomb pylons under the Spitfire’s wings could be modified to carry beer kegs. If the Spitfire flew high enough, the cold air at altitude would even chill the beer, making it ready for consumption upon arrival.