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Old 9th Mar 2021, 17:01
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The family who owned the big estate near where I grew up in Devon were the Bastards. Not pronounced ‘B’stard’, if anyone did they would correct them, ‘it’s Bastard’.
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A florist in Melbourne named Bugeja, pronounced "bugger ya". On their van, under their name was painted "Smile when you say that".

A fellow apprentice I started with at QF had the surname Onions, can't remember his given name.
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During my time on 617 one of the CO's was Wing Commander L.G. Bastard.
I always thought that was a real character building name.
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Originally Posted by Helena Handbasket
During my time on 617 one of the CO's was Wing Commander L.G. Bastard.
I always thought that was a real character building name.
The Principal Medical Officer of the RAAF in the mid 80's was Group Captain Graham Killer
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And when SQN LDR G Killer was at Butterworth in the 1970's the Senior Nursing Officer was SQN LDR Bone..

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Originally Posted by Hydromet
A fellow apprentice I started with at QF had the surname Onions, can't remember his given name.
Fred Onions?
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Originally Posted by Hydromet
A florist in Melbourne named Bugeja, pronounced "bugger ya". On their van, under their name was painted "Smile when you say that".

A fellow apprentice I started with at QF had the surname Onions, can't remember his given name.
Spring??
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Spring??


Very good!
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Originally Posted by Helena Handbasket
During my time on 617 one of the CO's was Wing Commander L.G. Bastard.
I always thought that was a real character building name.
He was CO at Cottesmore, '69, his son wasn't Robin, was he?😉
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Originally Posted by kaitakbowler
He was CO at Cottesmore, '69, his son wasn't Robin, was he?😉
I think also OC Flying at Finningley, perhaps immediately previously.
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I met a chap back in the 80s who had served during the war and never risen above LAC. His first three names were Arthur Victor Michael and, apparently, that had, on a couple of occasions, seen him being offered slightly better accommodation than he was due as LAC.
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Oh, and I once knew a police officer called Nick Nunn.
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The undertakers near to where I grew up was Box Brothers.
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Originally Posted by J.A.F.O.
I met a chap back in the 80s who had served during the war and never risen above LAC. His first three names were Arthur Victor Michael and, apparently, that had, on a couple of occasions, seen him being offered slightly better accommodation than he was due as LAC.
Reminds me of a conversation I had with two 'Lieutenants' in the Royal Brunei Navy during an open day. The Brunei military use a standard rank nomenclature across the three services, although the Navy uniform mirrors that of the UK RN. Consequently these' lieutenants' were actually 'captains'. They had recently returned from a visit to the US, where they had been hosted at a USN base. They said there had been some bemusement on their arrival, with lots of scrambled egg and gold, to welcome these two 25 year old 'two ringers'!
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I was a QFI on a UAS where one day the boss had a call from a former student who wished to visit the airfield. The boss was rather NFI about it until the ex-student said, ‘I bet you’d be more helpful if you knew I was a retired Air Marshal!’

The boss then couldn’t do enough to help & I was tasked to host him. He turned up in his own ac, an Arrow Active. A top bloke, ex-Flt Lt & former TP. He was somewhat scathing of the attitude of the boss though.
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Would that be Desmond Penrose ?
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L G Bastard would often have people trying to avoid using his proper name - say Bee Starred and his favourite repost was "Bastard - Bastard by name and Bastard by nature". He's long gone, sadly but not forgotten.

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Old 10th Mar 2021, 15:34
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Originally Posted by zetec2
Would that be Desmond Penrose ?
Certainly who I am thinking of...
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Indeed it was. When it came time to leave he said to me, ‘so you’re swinging my prop, then?’ I agreed although I’d never done it but the boss became all ‘elf & safety and refused to allow me, or anyone else to do it. Desmond was stunned and said, ‘how the b***dy hell do I get home then?’

Our (civvy) chief engineer came to the rescue & Desmond departed in something of a foul mood (directed at our boss).
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Originally Posted by langleybaston
I think also OC Flying at Finningley, perhaps immediately previously.
Came to Cottesmore from the USA, IIRC, USAF delivered a yank tank shortly after he arrived. Pontiac GTO comes to mind
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