“The Flying Colonel”


"With a shit-eating grin on his face," the terrified pilot of a stricken bomber brings his plane home while other crew members bail out.


Internal references would date this to the WW II saturation bombing campaign upon Germany. This seems to be one of the few air force songs to have achieved oral currency apart from mimeographed or Xeroxed songbooks. - EC

Cross references

  • cf. "The Ship that Never Returned" [Laws D27] (tune & meter) and references there
  • cf. "The Wreck of Old 97" [Laws G2] (tune)


  1. Cray, pp. 404-406, "The Flying Colonel" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #10401
  3. BI, EM404


Author: unknown
Earliest date: Probably World War II vintage
Found in: US