13. Beer in the fuel tank of a fighter plane
No, beer wasn’t used to actually fuel planes in World War Two. Instead, the plane was used to deliver alcohol to troops on the front lines. This wasn’t exactly an officially sanctioned use of resources, however, and the British government soon reprimanded the breweries involved for illegally exporting their beer.
12. The future Queen Elizabeth II during World War Two
At just 18 years of age, the future Queen Elizabeth II managed to convince her father, King George VI, to let her help out with the war effort. As a result, she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, where she worked as a driver and mechanic.