Air Force Alphabet
DESCRIPTION: "A is for those Air Force boys, with hearts so brave and true ... Z is for ... Of all the letters in my song the one that beats them all Is V for Victory, the letter that won't let the old flag fall"
EARLIEST DATE: 1951 (MUNFLA/Leach)
KEYWORDS: nonballad wordplay
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Leach-Labrador 67, "Air Force Alphabet" (1 text, 1 tune)
Eddy Primroy, "War Alphabet" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
cf. "The Logger's Alphabet" (subject) and references there
NOTES [150 words]: Leach-Labrador: "composed in the Canadian Air Force during World War II." - BS
A statement that makes it interesting that the only collections are from Newfoundland and Labrador, which were not part of Canada in World War II. Of course, Newfoundland did not have its own air force. Most aircraft in Newfoundland were in fact American. On the other hand, the song mentions the Union Jack, and it also refers to an "Air Force." At the time of World War II, the British had an independent air service, but the Americans did not. So, clearly, it is from the British/Canadian forces, not the American.
There is one curious word, the "Z" word. Z is represented by "Zefry Lines." Google searcing does not turn up anything about Zephry, or Zeprhi, lines. It is not a Newfounland word; not only is it not found in the Dictionary of Newfoundland English, that volume lists only ONE word that starts with Z! - RBW
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