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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 21:27
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Groin - because he was a bit of a strain
Thrush - because he was an irritating c...
Adolph - originally called Hun and had a bit of a tiz one day saying ' Whilst I am part German I do not like this nickname'
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 21:46
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Jim Boots.

Thus I was known at Dunstable c. 1960, home of the Central Forecasting Office and the officially clever research branches.

It was like this, at Harrow Wealdstone [another home of the clever Met folk, and a few less so .......] I had been Joed to be the Civil Defence Rescue Team leader. The essential point here is that the kit comprised a white tin hat with black bands and a big R, baggy green overalls and boots, ammunition, Great War..
This kit was kept with the Green Goddess along with all the tough guy axes, ladders, ropes and wrecking bars. Some kind soul sent the helmet, overalls and boots to Dunstable while I was on leave between postings.

The parcel was received with wonder, and much mocking, so that when I turned up I had been Christened in absentia..The boots were presented to me in a formal liquid ceremony.

Jim Boots remained Jim for the next 30-odd years to the old Dunstable folk, indeed my future wife first knew me as Jim.

The boots? Like so many memories, lost in the mists of time.
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Man who aquired a nick name he truly detested because of his facial expression,while working on Nimrods.He was over the moon to get posted and move to Phantoms leaving it behind.
However one day on detachment in Cyprus he was eating in the mess with his new coworkers when in walk a group of Nimrod workers who see him and
shout across the mess "Hey, its you, isn't it Stoat"
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Old 22nd Jun 2021, 23:58
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Chief Tech,nickname Acid,he always took the best trips.
A mate saving for a deposit on a house,so he never went out,nickname Olympic Flame,eventually became known as Ollie.
Coffee,he was bitter as fu..........!
Women & children,always first out the door.
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Harpic - clean around the bend.
Wang - surname Kerr
I was there yesterday - unpronounceable Polish name
Bubbles - because she was a bubbly person
Whenya - when you're smiling, because she never was
Minute man - "Have you got a minute, mate."
Joe Kool - came into the office one day wearing shorts, long socks and reflective sun glasses. Someone said "F... me, it's Joe Kool." and it stuck. Thirty years later there were people who thought that was his real name.
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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 00:41
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Had three Marks on the OCU so they became mark one, mark two and mark three.
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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 01:40
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RAF Leeming, waaaay back in the Jet Provost days there was a SWO (?) who was blind in one eye and was known as "Clarence" after the movie "Clarence the One Eyed Lion."

I have a life-long friend whom I met at RAF Saint Athan when we were both Boy Entrants (45th). I still call "Bernie", he acquired this nick-name from "Bernie, the bolt please" which was a catch-phrase used in a TV programme called "The Golden Shot."
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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 02:47
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MDF - thick, but great to work with.

Knew a guy called Watson who cut the end of his thumb of with a metal guillotine, was forever known as Whatthumb after that.
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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 02:52
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Two people named José, so one stayed José and the other was Hose B.
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"Juan" Kerr - unfortunate apprentice at BAe
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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 03:38
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Thumper Thomson

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On UWAS in about 1973 we had "Thumper" Thompson. I can't now remember how he acquired this sobriquet -- presumably he thumped someone at some stage -- but I gather that nickname remained with him throughout his career.
If it was the same guy on Nimrods, we always thought the name came from his very solid landings.
A favourite trick by the ops staff was to put his name up on the ops board as Thompson.
When he saw it he would comment on the miss-spelling of his name. which inevitably had the ops officer call out to one of his staff 'Task the 'P' out of Thomson.'
Nice bloke though.
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Always thought that female pilot called Rock was rather funny - Red haired Ovulating Commie Killer.
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All Bennett surnames are known as Wiggy, but Wiggy Bennett of 899 and 892 was the owner of two wigs, not having a hair on his body (reputedly) following the shock of finding himself upside down in a Hunter at 50ft and surviving.

Wig 1 was for smart uniform, Wig 2 for runs ashore in the hippy days. When told to 'get a haircut' one day he smartly whipped off his cap, followed by the wig, then replaced the cap

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Wiggie was my beefer at Church Fenton and we later served together on Ark Royal. I remember that he was on Divisions when the inspecting officer commented on the length of his hair at which point he whipped off his wig much to the amazement of said dignitary.
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The list wouldn't be complete without 'Bisto' getting a mention. He was thick and rich.
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"Passion Fingers" - Everything he touched was f*cked/broken
"Show Bag" - (A Show bag in Australia, is the bag of lollies/sweets & plastic toys that you buy for kids at the show/fair) Since he is "full of sh*t" We all have those mates.
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Originally Posted by HAS59 View Post
If it was the same guy on Nimrods, we always thought the name came from his very solid landings.
A favourite trick by the ops staff was to put his name up on the ops board as Thompson.
When he saw it he would comment on the miss-spelling of his name. which inevitably had the ops officer call out to one of his staff 'Task the 'P' out of Thomson.'
Nice bloke though.
Or after repeatedly complaining about the misspelling of his name with the addition of the letter ‘P’, he was renamed ‘Thummer’ Thomson!

One of my favourites was for the unpopular flt cdr whose office was at the end of the corridor of power. Crate - c**t right at the end.
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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 07:59
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10 gauge….as described in the Army metal workers handbook, “Thick, and difficult to work with.”
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A guy named Keith was nicknamed Keth because he was missing an eye.
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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 08:18
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Originally Posted by HAS59 View Post
If it was the same guy on Nimrods, we always thought the name came from his very solid landings.
He did indeed end up on the Nimrod but definitely acquired the nickname on UWAS. A good bloke indeed, especially after a few sherberts.
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