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Old 12th Aug 2018, 17:17
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Odd Memorabilia

In the 'handing kit back' thread mention was made of odd bits of memorabilia that we keep from our service and which would completely bamboozle any relative given the job of sorting our kit after we've gone. One such item in my treasure chest is this.



On IOT in December 1980 our tactical camp was at STANTA and I was on the 'aggressor' flight which pitched a separate low-profile camp and was trucked around the training area setting up ambushes against all the other poor souls who were still carrying pine poles from pillar to post in the snow. On the final night the distaff broke out the vodka and presented us each with a 'medal' to mark our bravery in the cause of the Motherland.

It was the only medal I got in 19 years' service.
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30 years after leaving, I still carry a compo tin opener on my key ring.
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How many former Boy Entrants and Apprentice's have one of these?



Mine is 64-66 years old.
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How many former Boy Entrants and Apprentice's have one of these?



Mine is 64-66 years old.
Still got one of mine from 1966, solid brass not a" staybright" one.
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On leaving Stanley I was presented with the mounted speedo of 'my' LWB Landrover, which apparently was declared BER [rear suspension trashed] after 4 months of overloading and bashing around the airfield. It was set at 15mph to remind me of the station speed limit!
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MPN11 (#5),

Was that all that was left of it when you'd finished with it ?

Kept my button stick for years: it must be somewhere around the house still. It was second-hand when issued to me in 1941, and had the service number of the original owner (900,000 series) stamped on it. For that matter, my issue tunic was "part-worn", as well. Often wondered what happened to the first (?) owners.

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Danny, still got my uncle's Australian one.
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Danny42C ... I still have [and use] my father's hussif and there's a button stick somewhere that must have been his.

I gather 'my' speedo was recovered from the LR in the Stanley MT scrapyard!
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It was second-hand when issued to me in 1941, and had the service number of the original owner (900,000 series)
9000,000 series = Sep 1939.


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I had my compass corrector key in my pencil box for 50 years. Eventually sold on eBay to s chap in the next village.

Don't know where my H2S crystals went. I also carried a neon bulb but why has disappeared into some forgotten recess in my grey matter.
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Oil flow meters from a T85 radar transmitter (60 megawatt output through 6 or 12 horns). Hung the other way up in glass tubes with the oil pumped from the bottom. The pressure lifted them and escaped around the edges, spinning them like tops in the flow for stability.

Got them as a momento when the T85 at Boulder was demolished - along with a section of waveguide....


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Originally Posted by ian16th View Post
How many former Boy Entrants and Apprentice's have one of these?

Mine is 64-66 years old.
I have mine still from 1986 - definitely NOT real brass.
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I recognise that carpet and claim my £5

If that waveguide could talk, there must be some great stories to tell!!
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I had the magnet from a Green Satin magnetron for many years. It had many uses.

When my son was about 10, he found it and swapped it for something
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I have an unopened bottle of Sunday Mirror Task Force Special Ale (Newcastle Brown?) gratefully accepted but still intact from 1982. Any offers?
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I have a bottle of German white wine - flonheimer uldelberg rabinett, 1987 - from my IOT grad night. It was gopping on the night as I recall but I intend to open it on the day I retire. It canít have got any worse.
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ORAC (#11),

In the old MPN-1 truck airfield radars, the mechs could detach a section of waveguide, put in a couple of slices of bread, replace and make toast in a few moments.

Early forerunner of the microwave ?
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Aaah, the MPN microwave!! It was very useful when Red(?) Truck turned up at Finningley to give us some radar while the AR1 was being installed. The NAAFI meat pies seemed to reduce the contrast of the PAR elevation picture a tad so it had to be used with caution in IMC.
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Black shoe brush - issued to me when I joined up 67-years ago and still in regular use today!

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My service issue black shoe brush is not quite so old, but also still in regular use. Made by REMPLOY LTD and stamped 1965.
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