My father-in-law was a humble man. I never knew him to brag or lie. He and his wife are now deceased as well as their two children. The parents died of complications of getting old and the two daughters of complications of diabetes.
My father-in-law served in the army in WWII as an engineer, a task he described as consisting of mostly truck driving. He was a member of the army unit that relieved the marines on Guadalcanal during the time ownership of that island was being contested.
He told of the voyage to reach Guadalcanal but I'll skip over that to the first night that they were there. As they slept the unit next to them started screaming “Air Raid” causing them to run outside and jump into slit trenches. Since the slit trenches had water in them they all got wet and muddy. The guys who made the alarm, once they stopped laughing, admitted they had only been there two days and the same prank had been pulled on them the previous night.
Well, I happened to ask where they were camped and he said, “At the end of the runway.” This didn't seem like a very safe place to me and so I asked him if they ever had any planes crash off the end of the runway. He replied, “Yeah, a torpedo bomber went overhead and crashed into the trees behind us one day.”
So, I asked if he knew the cause of the accident and he said, “Too much beer.” I was completely confused by his answer and so he said, “How else are you going to get beer cold?”
Since then I have read another story of this sort (beer cans in wing ammo racks) and have also read of how some brewers were producing beer for men serving overseas, both in bottles and in cans. These men were in the tropics where it was miserable hot and anything cold would have seemed a godsend. Is this a true story? Could flying beer to cool it have been a common practice?