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Old 30th Aug 2023, 06:52
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Noting the SWO had either a QCVS, MiD or QCB on his HERRICK medal ribbon.
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What was with all the AC's or what ever they are called now at Lossie, did they import them in for the parade from basic training?

First ever meeting with a Swo was at Odi arriving as a new LAC, knocked on the hatch of the guardroom and an elderly gent answered and asked me If I knew anything about tomatoes as he was having problems with his in the greenhouse around the back..he invited me in and made me a coffee.. That was the SWO then, ever such a nice person.
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Old 30th Aug 2023, 11:12
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Originally Posted by minigundiplomat
volleyball player = fireman

Walk around any fire section and there is a volleyball net.
We used to call them the boys from Trumpton "Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub"
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Old 30th Aug 2023, 11:39
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Originally Posted by 212man
well, there were two obvious routes - the pipes or the lead (as in lead tipped rounds).
As mentioned PB = Lead, by extension = Plumbers

At least that is why Plumbers that fix your pipes and toilets etc are called that (not that lead is used today)
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Plus you screw a length of tube into a fitting... machine gun barrels
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Old 30th Aug 2023, 12:26
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SWO

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That wouldn't have been in the early 1970s, I presume? The fearsome Bogbrush of Cranwell repute, Jack Holt reigned in ODI then.
I have memory of Mr Holt in action. He was riding in the Station Commander's (we didn't refer to him as "Staish" in my day, nor did we drink beer out of the bottle!) car with the SC pennant flying proudly from the bonnet, when they drove past a usually scruffy Flying Officer (but top of the range helicopter pilot) shambling in the opposite direction. There was no salute from the USFO, and the car was brought to a rapid standstill. Mr Holt exited, and called the USFO to heel. Was he not aware of the SC's pennant, and the obligation to recognise it with a salute? The USFO acknowledged that he had missed that, and waved to the SC in his car with a "Hi there" salutation. Result, USFO had a week of extra Orderly Officer duties.



/one, notably casual officer (but excellent Helicopter pilot)

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Old 30th Aug 2023, 12:43
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Originally Posted by Wwyvern
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That wouldn't have been in the early 1970s, I presume? The fearsome Bogbrush of Cranwell repute, Jack Holt reigned in ODI then.
I have memory of Mr Holt in action. He was riding in the Station Commander's (we didn't refer to him as "Staish" in my day, nor did we drink beer out of the bottle!) car with the SC pennant flying proudly from the bonnet, when they drove past a usually scruffy Flying Officer (but top of the range helicopter pilot) shambling in the opposite direction. There was no salute from the USFO, and the car was brought to a rapid standstill. Mr Holt exited, and called the USFO to heel. Was he not aware of the SC's pennant, and the obligation to recognise it with a salute? The USFO acknowledged that he had missed that, and waved to the SC in his car with a "Hi there" salutation. Result, USFO had a week of extra Orderly Officer duties.



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Twas 76 and he was ex aircrew at the time, lovely gent. When Jack Holt arrived he charged me for failing to stop at the barrier... a £5 fine dished out by our flight commander that also used to ride through the gap in the barrier really pissed him off.

Glad to see you had some decorum and used a straw in the said beer bottle...
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[QUOTE=alfred_the_great;11493963]Noting the SWO had either a QCVS, MiD or QCB on his HERRICK medal [QUOTE]

QCVS is the leaf I think.
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Old 30th Aug 2023, 16:12
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Originally Posted by NutLoose
We used to call them the boys from Trumpton "Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub"
Another nickname. Just been chatting to one of our new FOs whom was a crewman on a Wokka until recently. "What ground trade has the nick name of Volleyballers? " Fireman.." So not just me.
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Me thinks it is mentioned in dispatches (where is TTN when you want him)
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An oak leaf is MID

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mentioned_in_dispatches

QCVS

https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/a...8-a53f010a21f6

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Old 30th Aug 2023, 17:24
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Because they deal in tubes eg gun barrels
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Old 30th Aug 2023, 18:09
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From The Magnificent Seven?

Vin (Steve McQueen): "We deal in lead, Friend".
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Armourers - "Plumbers": a lot of their work in WWII involved maintenance of hydraulics that drove the gun turrets on bombers

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Old 30th Aug 2023, 22:12
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Originally Posted by RAFEngO74to09
Armourers - "Plumbers": a lot of their work in WWI involved maintenance of hydraulics that drove the gun turrets on bombers
If memory serves it was Armourer (Guns) which included turrets and Armourer (Bombs) which included all the components. Unsure when those trades were united to become Armourers.
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Old 30th Aug 2023, 22:50
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Originally Posted by RAFEngO74to09
Armourers - "Plumbers": a lot of their work in WWI involved maintenance of hydraulics that drove the gun turrets on bombers
Wrong war
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Tales of a Gun Plumber (rcaf.museum)

Nowt to do with piping apparently......
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Originally Posted by Wwyvern
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That wouldn't have been in the early 1970s, I presume? The fearsome Bogbrush of Cranwell repute, Jack Holt reigned in ODI then.
I have memory of Mr Holt in action. He was riding in the Station Commander's (we didn't refer to him as "Staish" in my day, nor did we drink beer out of the bottle!) car with the SC pennant flying proudly from the bonnet, when they drove past a usually scruffy Flying Officer (but top of the range helicopter pilot) shambling in the opposite direction. There was no salute from the USFO, and the car was brought to a rapid standstill. Mr Holt exited, and called the USFO to heel. Was he not aware of the SC's pennant, and the obligation to recognise it with a salute? The USFO acknowledged that he had missed that, and waved to the SC in his car with a "Hi there" salutation. Result, USFO had a week of extra Orderly Officer duties.



/one, notably casual officer (but excellent Helicopter pilot)

Said Station Commander's wife driving his car with the pennant on stopped to berate some airman for not saluting her... complaint was made, pennant was removed and said wife was never seen driving it again.
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Old 31st Aug 2023, 16:00
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Cool

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Yes, but you sat alongside, or on top of, the ground support eqpt being freighted to B'Foss. I once went to Saudi for the day (!) by Herc, those who used their sleeping bags on the floor found them frozen tight to the ac when woken.
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