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A modified auxiliary fuel tank being filled with beer, Bognor Regis, 1944

A modified auxiliary fuel tank being filled with beer, Bognor Regis, 1944


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A modified auxiliary fuel tank being filled with beer, Bognor Regis, 1944

A Norwegian fighter pilot, sat on the wing of his Spitfire, looks on. A technician is writing Joy Juice xxx on the fuel tank. The beer was flown out in this way to the invasion forces soon after D-Day.
Photographer Frank L Alouette
West Sussex Record Office Ref. No: L Alouette A-1-22-4

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In this print captured by photographer Frank L Alouette, we are transported back to the year 1944 in Bognor Regis. The image showcases a unique sight that perfectly encapsulates the camaraderie and resourcefulness of wartime life. A Norwegian fighter pilot, perched confidently on the wing of his Spitfire, gazes intently as a technician fills a modified auxiliary fuel tank with beer. This ingenious method was employed to ensure that morale remained high among the invasion forces following D-Day. Aptly named "Joy Juice" these precious cargo flights delivered much-needed refreshment to our brave soldiers fighting for freedom during World War Two. The scene exudes an air of excitement and anticipation as both men work together seamlessly amidst the backdrop of an airfield. The fighter pilot's uniform proudly displays his allegiance to his country, while the technician meticulously writes "Joy Juice xxx" on the fuel tank – a playful nod to their unconventional mission. This remarkable photograph serves as a testament not only to human ingenuity but also highlights how even in times of conflict, moments of levity and connection can be found. It is through such small gestures that bonds are forged and spirits lifted amid adversity. Preserved within West Sussex Record Office's collection, this snapshot offers us a glimpse into history; reminding us that even amidst war's chaos, there is always room for unity and shared enjoyment – even if it comes in liquid form.

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