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Today is Battle of Britain Day

Old 16th Sep 2011, 15:36
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I recall a story, believed to be true, about a senior WRAF officer in a conference at Cranwell in the 60s about introducing WRAF there in ATC, when offered tented toilet accommodation for WRAF , retorted "But Squadron Leader, my girls like permanent erections".
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Old 16th Sep 2011, 15:56
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@PFR thanks for that. Am I the only one who gets goosebumps reading it?

I work over here with the European Neighbours you speak of, and can confirm stories similar to BEagle's. If you know your audience, you can speak very candidly and draw some very sharp, black humour out of them wrt their darker days.

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'Can't be, hasn't got a Mustang in front of it....'

Health warning: Don't try it with every one you meet though....
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Old 16th Sep 2011, 16:07
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The quote from our German exchange officer when I was in was 'We only just lost the Battle of Britian but got the silver medal !' Who says they do not have a sense of humour.
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Old 16th Sep 2011, 19:30
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Finningley Boy can you confirm my reflections on erections please?

while I can't confirm the actual post title Officer i/c Temporary Erections, I'm sure every Station Battle of Britain Office appointed an officer i/c Tentpegs, pole erections and other such like requirements for the big day!All to help entertain the punters!!

There were always so many different things for some officer somewhere to be in charge of, from Yogi Bear train rides to conservation of the environment and litter bin provision.

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Old 16th Sep 2011, 21:40
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Red face I'm Late, I'm Late..

Oh dear, how very embarrassing. I'm late for the battle.
I didn't realize that becoming naturalized would make me such a REAL American.

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Old 17th Sep 2011, 04:55
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In the 1980s the German exchange pilot at Coltishall was programmed to lead the BoB flypasts.
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Old 17th Sep 2011, 08:10
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Thumbs up

60024....that made me smile
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Old 17th Sep 2011, 12:07
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Back in the days before the pongos took over Wattisham when it was a proper RAF fighter station, our 2 Luftwaffe exchange officers used to hold a 'Losers' Party' at one of their OMQs. A much more agreeable aircrew party than the BoBbers CockersP in the OM!
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Old 17th Sep 2011, 15:19
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Battle of Britain commemorations

Over the last few years it is noticeable how people are becoming more aware of the sacrifices that have been made and continue to be made in their name and have donated accordingly for both Wings Appeal and Remembrance street collections. I only have the job of organising my ATC cadets collecting activities locally but I would like to say thank you to all who demonstrate their gratitude despite the current economic situation by making donations into the tins.

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