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Old 28th Oct 2012, 15:07
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There was an SAC Vere i worked with long ago, his father was named Percy by his grandad as he apparently took a while to come along.
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We had a guy at Brawdy - surname was Barth (he pronounced it Bart !!)...
Anyway he hated being called 'Plug'...so guess what
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The surname "Rogers" (or even "Rodgers") could always raise some good nicknames, there was "Roy" for the older generation who were into cowboy films, "Ginger" has been heard but may have been a reference to something else, but back in the 80's the most common was "Buck"

We had a "Buck" Rogers, who was quite tall, wavy hair, outgoing personality, and took great delight in his nickname. Unfortunately his boss was of lesser stature and had a bit of a shuffle, and would not be pleased to hear himself referred to as Twiki (pronounced "Tweaky")
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Old 29th Oct 2012, 18:06
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LoL!
I remember a Tweaky, exactly for those reasons, as a Sengo on 7 Sqn quite some years ago.
(If he's still in, he's possibly an VSO with a Napoleon complex - No! I don't know if he's in or not)
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Old 29th Oct 2012, 18:20
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Funny sounding names

Not a nickname as such but I once sat down for a meal at Furstenfeldbruck Officers Mess opposite a young German Officer Cadet whose name badge announced his name as 'Wank' (pronounced Vonk). I struggled to make eye contact all night and never did explain to him why I kept smiling!
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Old 29th Oct 2012, 18:41
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A certain RAF helicopter pilot surname of Rogers had a habit of telling everyone how good he was at the Chinese language. He became known as "Loy"

As in Loy Logers...

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Viking Bob, ever thought that the letter V in "Viking" might be pronounced as an "F" by a German? Then it's quite close to a German swear word, also...

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Old 29th Oct 2012, 20:04
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99 entry B Sqn at RAF C Cranwell - very first muster parade.

Sgt Rodda: "Listen to me gentlemen - I will call out your name and if you are present please say "here Sgt" in a loud voice so I can hear you. If you are not present please say nothing" (I promise you that is what he said to us!).

Adams.........Here Sgt
....

etc
etc

Upritchard (pronounced by Rodda as UP Richard)...... "Actually, Sgt its prononced Ewe Pritchard

Sgt Rodda: "Listen to me gentlemen - I will call out your name and if you are present please say "here Sgt" in a loud voice so I can hear you. If you are not present please say nothing".

Adams.........Here Sgt
....

etc
etc

Up Richard....................Here Sgt

He was known as Up Richard for the rest of his time at the College of Knowledge.

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Old 29th Oct 2012, 20:57
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One seems to remember a certain Uprichard (perhaps the same?), who was known as UpDick.
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Possibly - I couldn't say.
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I certainly recall the genial 'Uncle' Les Rodda, wonderful chap that he was, but don't remember any 'Uprichard' on 99'B'. Maybe he was one of those who escaped to University in the first few weeks?

Uncle Les was an RAF Regt Sgt and perhaps not the brightest chap in the world and his fatherly direction saw us through the stumbles of our early days... I'll never forget how he came down to the SBL at the end of our first term, to find that 4 of us had been let down by the taxi which was supposed to be taking us to Grantham station - so Les immediately gave us all a lift in his private car. Such a kind gesture and much appreciated.

One early morning, he spots a slightly diminutive Flt Cdt...OK, it was 'Stumpy', slightly out of the required drill position on the hallowed JMPG....

"Mr. (Stumpy), sir - you're out of proportion!"

Cue much laughter - even from Stumpy!

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Old 30th Oct 2012, 00:27
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If the aforementioned Uprichard was a Hunter pilot who became the chief Plod, then I had the honour to be the obedient servant of my Stn Cdr for getting pissed and eating his chicken tikka and chips!

In my defence, I was hungry and he had chicken tikka and chips.

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Old 30th Oct 2012, 05:48
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Stumpy

Who whilst losing a bar argument with a less vertically challenged 99er ( Rog E.) tried to sidestep defeat by declaring that it was pointless continuing with the discussion as both parties were obviously talking at different levels.
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Originally Posted by teeteringhead View Post
One seems to remember a certain Uprichard (perhaps the same?), who was known as UpDick.
There was an Uprichard on the Victor tanker fleet back in the 70s. Went on to be OC Waddington then an Air Commodore IIRC?
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In BA/BEA many years ago there was another Richard. Richard Twomey was known as 'Strapper'...
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If indeed there was a Uprichard on 99B, it certainly wasn't the Norn Irn born ex-Hunter, ex-Victor chap who many recall as OC 101 Sqn and later Stn Cdr of RAF Waddington! And who's probably reading this - Morning, Jim!!

See PORTADOWN COLLEGE ALUMNI which includes his photo as Chief Plod!
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TLC- and nothing to do with tender loving care!

That Little ...... Chap perhaps?

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On reflection I think he might be he who became Chief Plod. It may have been him - certainly was a Chief Plod - who told me of his unique piece of uniform.

When Plod officers used to have APM (Assistant Provost Marshal) on their armbands, Chief Plod had PM on his. As I was was told: "Not even a 4* has a badge all to himself"

But now they are all RAFP, probably including the Chief Plod. O tempora, o mores .....

Edited because I can't type - thanks Jcak!

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I remember a Cadet Pilot Uprichard on QUAS in the early 1960s. He was known to the instructors as "Downdick".

Glad to see he went on to greater things.
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Old 30th Oct 2012, 15:50
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But now they are all RAFP, probably including the Chief Plod. O temepra, o mores ....

Or even, as Cicero may have said, O tempora o mores ....

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Old 30th Oct 2012, 17:12
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mea culpa mea culpa, mea maxima culpa ... fat fingered typing Jack I'm afraid - will amend!

But was it not Cicero who also said:

Est proprium stultitiŠ aliorum vitia cernere, oblivisci suorum.

- no offence intended .......

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