Thursday, June 19, 2014
Citations for flak
…even on days when he was hit by flak, he would wind up his journal entries with a note about how well (or how poorly) he drove his F-4 back down onto the carrier, and often with a playful tone...
A few miles ahead, John spotted several cushiony puffs of flak below the formation. He didn't worry about the flak he could see, though. It was the flak he couldn't see that was the killer.
Origin of flak
This term dates from the 1930s and comes from the German Fl(ieger) a(bwehr) k(anone). This translates to "aircraft defense gun."