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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 17:18
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A guy named Keith was nicknamed Keth because he was missing an eye.
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 17:28
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We had a guy nicknamed Paxo because he was always stuffing things.
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 17:52
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We had a W.O. Amos, known to all, behind his back, as Ignor.
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 17:59
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1. The Fg Off Hunter pilot named Hunt, nicknamed “Isaac” (harsh and unfair!)

2. Two colleagues named Grant, sometimes known for obvious reasons as “G Blanc” and “G Noir” … back in those days of innocence!
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 18:02
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We had a navigator known as Wedge - the simplest tool known to man.
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 18:04
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Then there was 'Saddo'.
He came back from a 4 month Falklands tour to find his car missing (stolen?) from the side street in Carterton he'd left it in. ("They wouldn't let me keep it on Brize") He bleated.
Got back to his flat to discover his girlfriend had moved out 3 month's earlier.......And left the cold water tap running and the lights on.
Went to see his parents and discovered they had moved house, he didn't know where to..................................His problem's were endless. How we laughed.
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 18:06
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Fellow named Poole….Forever named “Cess”.
Heck of a nice guy and a good pilot.

Anyone with the name Rhodes was “Dusty” automatically. There were some variations such as “Bad”, “Dirt” and even a “Roman”.

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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 18:16
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His problems were endless. How we laughed.
What a thoroughly nasty bunch you must have been. Can you even begin to imagine the trauma he must have suffered after returning from the South Atlantic?

Fortunately in 35 years of RAF service, I never encountered such Schadenfreude.....
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 18:41
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Schadenfreude.... Oh yes, and didn't we rub it in. Oh bring back the non PC days.
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 18:44
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So many to choose from in the Aircrew world:

OSLO - Outer Space Liaison Officer
Wigwam Teepee - because he was too tense!
Farmer - because he was very agricultural with the flying controls
ROLF - Rude Obnoxious Little F*cker
FLUFF - Flipping Lazy Useless Fat F*cker
Fluff - surname Freeman
Pumper - surname Nichol
Tug - anyone called Wilson
Brain Cell - as he had a very slow drawn out Northern accent
Uncle - the oldest looking chap on the sqn
Slider - he stank!
Cheezy - surname Cox
Sorbie - surname Hynd
Hitter (HITR) - he was an unwanted child, so stood for ‘hole in the rubber’
Bird - one of the first female fast jet pilots
Doris - another one of the first female fast jet pilots
Biffa - got a bit punchy after a beer
Flame - ginger haired
Slim - for one of the rounder flying training students
Fat Bat - resembled a large fruit bat
Hog - ate just about anything
Nerd - because he was, so Boss asked us to stop, so then called ‘Not Nerd’. Boss intervened again, so then called ‘Still’ (Not Nerd)

I could go on, but pretty much everyone had a nickname or an abbreviated version of their real name. No point in railing against it either, it only makes it worse! If I thought about it, I could probably write a book on some of the many nicknames or ‘callsigns’ as the Yanks tend to call them.
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 19:02
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My first Sqn Boss was 'Superpig'
We had an SAC at Brandy who's name was Barth - he hated being called 'Plug'
Short Fat Rigger Chief was 'Egg On Legs' (also part of the 'Fatman and Dobbyn' team)
Loads more I will try to remember
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 19:07
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"Sleeves" as his name was R. Moles
"Far" Cannell
"Dulk" Hunt
"Seaman" Staines
and of course, "Masta" Bates.
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 19:28
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We had a small hairy Nav turn up on the Sqn, when asked his name his first words were "Don't call me Monkey Boy" (a name he'd gained during Nav Training). Well you can guess what his Sqn name badge said when it arrived.
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 19:40
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Beags, in actual fact, Saddo was named by one of your F4 nav mates. One J U. A Schadenfreude, maybe. An all round good guy all the same. And we still laughed.
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 19:50
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Fumes....he drank a lot......no....I. mean A LOT.

Plod.....as he used to be one.

New Guy ([email protected] New Guy) was new to unit but on his second tour in Vietnam and instantly objected to being called a "new guy" which caused him to be called that yet today over fifty years later.

Frenchy....A German Immigrant who spoke in a very broad German Accent who had been in the Hitler Youth growing up.

Squeak.....due to his high pitched voice and short stature.

TP....later altered to STP when his Shrew of a Wife insisted he sit to piddle.

Burp....because he did constantly.

Bullet Bob....in that it was either he resembled a bullet in the shape of his body or his luck to be in aircraft when it got shot up.

Twiggy.....a wee Lad that probably tipped the scales at 350 pounds and stood about 5'8" and was still on active duty as he was a genius in leading work parties on the Chinook.

Wormy....as he was skinnier than a Somalia Scarecrow.

Puss....as he was named LeConte.

Chicken Man.....a Black Police Officer (and riding partner and still a dear friend for going on fifty years ) due to his inability to pass by a Fried Chicken Joint without stopping.

Einstein....as he was dumber than a box of rocks.

Strut Pump....a Passenger Agent at a small airfield as she was a double action sweetheart.

Twin Pac....another Passenger Agent at that same airport that earned that title by removing her blouse if she was losing in a game of Squash.

But my favorite was "Horse Shit Charlie aka Horse Shit"....who everyone flying helicopters in Alaska knew or knew of....but no one seemed to know his given name.



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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 19:53
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SASless. Re Twiggy. Did he have an Italian surname?.
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 20:02
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Dill, surname Doe, served at Brize.
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 20:04
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I cannot recall his Surname....as it has been a very long time ago.....but I can visualize what he looks like yet today.

We considered him "combat essential" for the unit....as he had been there for years.....I will ask at the unit FB Page and see if I can come up with his name.
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 20:06
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Percy, as in Percy Thrower because he liked gardening.

Fritz, because his first name was Carl and someone said that it sounded German.

Dino, a rather large armourer with a small brain…

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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 20:20
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SAS, don't worry. If it's the same guy (Burnetti? or something similar), The guy was amazing, How he scrambled up rear pylons on the Chinook was a sight to behold. Plus, he was a bloody good techie.
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