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What did officers eat for lunch?

Old 16th Jun 2022, 12:24
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I do remember that the bar was always open.
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Old 16th Jun 2022, 12:28
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Reminds me of one of my late father's stories; as recently arrived young man at a shore establishment shortly after the end of WW2, a few weeks in he noticed his portions had suddenly increased, on enquiring he was told until they had seen his medal ribbons they didn't realise he was a 'real sailor'. Clearly the cooks were prejudiced against national servicemen.
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Old 16th Jun 2022, 12:35
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Fillet of swan (in season, of course) or osprey nuggets.
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Old 16th Jun 2022, 12:54
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In my Army, Officers ate after the Troops and got exactly the same fare as the Troops.

Whenever we differed from that we saw leadership problems.

Often times the supported unit cooks would send out hot meals to the helicopter crews... and as the standard Huey crew was four people and the Chinook standard crew was five people....it was not unusual to only get four hot meals and I always ate canned C Rations while my crew got the Hot Meals.

I believe in leading by example....and living up to admonition an Officer looks out for the welfare of his assigned Troops.

if you think yourself above eating with your troops....you are not much of a Leader and become a mere commander in an empty suit.
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Old 16th Jun 2022, 14:05
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if you think yourself above eating with your troops....you are not much of a Leader and become a mere commander in an empty suit
Exactly so SASless. Like the old cavalry order of priorities: "Horse to bed; man to bed; self to bed". Substitute airframe for horse and it still worked for me - and I hope still does......
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Old 16th Jun 2022, 15:43
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When NCO aircrew allowances were dropped to 75% of the officer rate, a Herc crew took the Station Commander flying. The predictable S1 boxes were handed out, then there was an explosion of outrage from the Stn Cdr "Someone has already eaten some of this!".

But in fact every item had been trimmed to 75% of the normal size! "Sorry Sir", said the ALM, "That's an NCO's box!".

Point made and IIRC, things soon returned to normal!
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Old 16th Jun 2022, 15:59
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Rather like the Akrotiri racing chicken!
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Old 16th Jun 2022, 17:30
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One twist that Harrier Force RICs did on deployment in RAFG was to make the Site caterers Honorary RIC members. We helped them put their tents up etc.etc.
They then joined us in the evenings as active participants in our "self-catering "parties .......
Going back to Beags's reminiscences of our ULAS days.
Same lady serving was queried as to why our mutual mate''s "Apple Surprise " looked a bit odd ( no Apple visible) . Apparently it had been wrongly served as the alternative '"Apple Pie." on the menu.. It came back ,dutifully rectified, from the kitchen......Slight apple discolouration , buried in the pastry but served the other way up........

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Old 16th Jun 2022, 18:32
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Lunch?
In the increasing earnest 1990s, several Messes in which this civilian lived were nearly deserted at lunch time, because more and more people [blunties if you like] "worked through". Afternoon tea was often the first meal since 0700, and very good too. A lot of people ate 0700, 1630 something on toast and a fancy cake, and dinner as late as possible. That way people could be working 0800 to 1600, and 1730 to 1930, which latter period was mercifully untroubled by silly interruptions.

Seen from the other end of the telescope in my youth, the aroma coming from the aircrew feeder as I walked through the dusk to brief the 1000 bomber raids was very very appetising ...... I would have been on shift for about 7 hours on a "snap tin" and coffee/ tea.

Now I have made myself hungry. Steak, chips, onions, peas and a pint of best bitter please.
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Old 16th Jun 2022, 19:20
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Brawdy aircrew feeder early 80's pies, puds, steaks and fry ups. Important to keep the blood sugar level up.
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I remember the V Force had pre and post flight meals - presumably organised originally by one of Bing Cross's minions. What the rules didn't seem to specify was 'when'. 'Off route' you could dine post flight at any time. I remember having a post flight in downtown San Francisco, Honolulu and more mundane places (then) such as Dubai,Rule one was don't put any booze on it. I've dined, courtesy of a grateful nation, in many exotic spots gratis !
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Old 16th Jun 2022, 20:11
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Sometimes at H&J looked after by Lou, sometimes at H&J left with keys to lock up while Lou went for a "kip"! That was V-force 69-71 at one certain station! Earlier days (late 50's to 60's) while on fast (?) jets and QFI'ing I think I remember lunch in OM was not that well attended by us aircrew, mainly as you had to change from flying suit to working blue to go to the Mess! OK on "black flag" days (with odd pint!) but otherwise often relied on NAAFI wagon or wife! Hope memory is still reasonable!!
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Old 16th Jun 2022, 21:00
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The last working day before Christmas Air Staff Breakfast at JHQ was, for many, lunch as well. Excellent food, such as scrambled egg with huge chunks of salmon [I think the German is Ratsherren?] and rather a lot of fizz which was not necessarily adulterated with orange. The survivors crawled into "work" for a few hours. Fortunately my UK boss had preceded me in RAFG so knew the score and troubled me not.

I have not had my steak yet .............
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Old 16th Jun 2022, 21:24
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Originally Posted by Legalapproach View Post
Brawdy aircrew feeder early 80's pies, puds, steaks and fry ups. Important to keep the blood sugar level up.
Remember Aberporth?
They must have got extra rations in when we showed up for the weekend!
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Old 16th Jun 2022, 22:06
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I was at RAF Brawdy when they opened that little feeder in 1976. Brilliant place - and you could get a real Strammer Max with chips for a very reasonable price!

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Old 17th Jun 2022, 06:05
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Lots of amusement here, especially the centipede . You poor chaps.

Mr WHBM Senior, navigator, RAF Topcliffe, snowy winter 1942, on Halifaxes. Apparently notwithstanding national shortages outside, things for aircrew were maintained notably well. About 2 miles outside the village, but the paper boy from the village shop would bicycle out on the icy lanes each early morning before school with their newspapers. The men, of course, appreciating this, rather took him under their wing. "Would you like to come in past the gate for some bacon and eggs in our mess before going on", along with putting him and bike into base transport to go back along the ice to the village. All irregular, but what the hell. Until one morning when suddenly an unusually early Op was announced. When this was done base was locked in sterile to stop any news of what was going on leaking out. With the paper boy in the mess. A decision for the CO, who happened to be passing. An exception was made ...

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Old 17th Jun 2022, 07:44
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Originally Posted by Legalapproach View Post
Brawdy aircrew feeder early 80's pies, puds, steaks and fry ups. Important to keep the blood sugar level up.
Ah the Brawdy aircrew feeder...

Must admit I mostly remember (late 70s and the 80s, FJ and QFIing ) it being almost always along the lines Beagle describes - flying through lunchtime, food was a case of grabbing a self produced sandwich between debriefs/between debrief and Authorising or duty dog in the tower.
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Old 17th Jun 2022, 08:09
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The Finningley Aircrew Feeder in the 80's/90's was quite acceptable to me. Always very busy and the quality of the food was perfectlty ok. Or am I looking back through rose tinted glasses?
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Old 17th Jun 2022, 09:49
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Cranwell lunch in the late 50s included a separate fish course. so a free four course meal. Then another for dinner.
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Old 17th Jun 2022, 09:50
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Originally Posted by BANANASBANANAS View Post
The Finningley Aircrew Feeder in the 80's/90's was quite acceptable to me. Always very busy and the quality of the food was perfectlty ok. Or am I looking back through rose tinted glasses?
No, you are not. Finningly feeder was excellent, especially breakfast following an 0600 met brief and an 0615 scrub.
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