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The Airmen’s Tribute to the Men in Battle DressFor you, our pals in battle dress, it’s time to take a bow,
we’ll tell the world, in this man’s war, you’ve done a job – and how!
It hasn’t been an easy job; as we who’ve watched you know
nor have you shared our luck as yet, your stuff in full to show.
You’ve had to work like Hell and wait for two long years and more
nor has Publicity’s acclaim held much for you in store.
But when your time comes, as it must, by all the Gods of War,
the Hun will find out to his cost what you’ve been waiting for!
On you, our pals in battle-dress, we airmen must depend
for what it takes us to begin, it’s up to you to end.
Your tanks and your artillery, your armoured cars and guns
will clear the earth, as we the sky, of Hitler and his Huns.
And every bomb we drop is just a warning in advance
that he who’s lost his shirt to us, to you will lose his pants!
While we who bear the torch aloft may play the opening role,
the Cause of Freedom in your hands will reach its final goal.
To all our pals in battle-dress from us in air force blue,
here’s luck and best of hunting to the last man jack of you!
The way things look to us right now, it won’t be very long
before, in person, you’ll collect for comrades of Hong-Kong!
For every khaki-clad Canuck who made the Sacrifice,
the Prince of Darkness and his friends will pay a bitter price
A bogus and a busted seer will finally confess,
“I might have licked the world, but for – these men in battle-dress.”
Sqn.-Ldr. G.L. Creed, RCAF The above poem was printed in the Montreal Daily Star – Tuesday, June 30th, 1942.
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