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8th Oct 2022, 00:24
Replies: 128
Views: 30,884
Posted By Tankertrashnav

The nearest sergeant has the Africa Star which...

The nearest sergeant has the Africa Star which was actually authorised in 1943, ahead of most of the other campaign stars, thus it is not unusual to see the ribbon being worn alone. The medals...
5th Oct 2022, 22:23
Replies: 9
Views: 2,673
Posted By Tankertrashnav

Jim's Brother I would be grateful if you know any...

Jim's Brother I would be grateful if you know any details of the funeral could you either post them on here or let me know by PM. I am not fit to make the journey up from Cornwall, but I know one or...
5th Oct 2022, 00:34
Replies: 63
Views: 12,018
Posted By Tankertrashnav

In 1970 I was lucky enough to get onto a low...

In 1970 I was lucky enough to get onto a low level nav course at Linton on Ouse flying JP 3, 4 and 5s. These last had just been delivered and had less then 10 hours in their F700s We were each...
4th Oct 2022, 01:40
Replies: 9
Views: 2,673
Posted By Tankertrashnav

Very sad to hear of Monty's passing. For a short...

Very sad to hear of Monty's passing. For a short while he and I were on the same crew on 214 at Marham, on Victor tankers around 75-76. Monty was Co-pilot and I was the nav radar. I dont really...
2nd Oct 2022, 01:35
Replies: 49
Views: 5,925
Posted By Tankertrashnav

Re Garland and Grey, at that time, and for many...

Re Garland and Grey, at that time, and for many years well into the post war period, the only awards which could be made posthumously were the Victoria Cross and a Mention in Despatches. So,for...
1st Oct 2022, 23:37
Replies: 162
Views: 20,489
Posted By Tankertrashnav

One good thing about the new ranks is that they...

One good thing about the new ranks is that they will finally put an end to the rank of aircraftman (leading or senior) being incorrectly referred to as aircraftsman, which I suspect has been going on...
29th Sep 2022, 19:13
Replies: 220
Views: 49,306
Posted By Tankertrashnav

That reminds me of my Welsh Guards chum (referred...

That reminds me of my Welsh Guards chum (referred to in an earlier post ) who, finding himself at a loose end one Friday afternoon, decided to get himself off to Paddington to catch the train down to...
28th Sep 2022, 11:30
Replies: 220
Views: 49,306
Posted By Tankertrashnav

I think I was advised get myself a No 2 as I was...

I think I was advised get myself a No 2 as I was going into the Regiment and it would be more practical than a No 1 in daily use, I remember a "chopped "pilot turning up to join the Regiment course,...
26th Sep 2022, 12:30
Replies: 220
Views: 49,306
Posted By Tankertrashnav

It's over 46 years since I drove home and took...

It's over 46 years since I drove home and took off my RAF uniform for the last time, so I am somewhat out of date. Quick question - what, if any items of uniform are officers still obliged to...
14th Sep 2022, 18:58
Replies: 8
Views: 2,650
Posted By Tankertrashnav

Thanks a lot Mainjafad. So its only taken 32...

Thanks a lot Mainjafad. So its only taken 32 years for me to catch up!
14th Sep 2022, 18:38
Replies: 36
Views: 7,711
Posted By Tankertrashnav

I collect miltary buttons and have examples of...

I collect miltary buttons and have examples of both of the buttons you illustrate. In the case of the earlier type I found a set of them on the original card and in mint condition, but yours are very...
14th Sep 2022, 17:35
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Views: 2,650
Posted By Tankertrashnav

When I was a young Regiment officer over 50 years...

When I was a young Regiment officer over 50 years ago, 63 Squadron was a Light Ack Ack (LAA) Squadron based in Cyprus, armed with the old L70 Bofors gun. QCS was a separate unit based at RAF...
30th Aug 2022, 15:06
Replies: 63
Views: 16,972
Posted By Tankertrashnav

I used to fly a bit with 52 squadron Andovers...

I used to fly a bit with 52 squadron Andovers when I was fire officer at Seletar in 1967. Definitely one navigator on any trip I went on. As for the kneeling facility, this was used quite...
28th Aug 2022, 13:43
Replies: 79
Views: 14,654
Posted By Tankertrashnav

I remember my then g/f had an uncontrolled fit of...

I remember my then g/f had an uncontrolled fit of the giggles when I removed my trousers to reveal said garment. Certainly put my planned night of passion on hold.

Pretty sure I never wore them...
27th Aug 2022, 13:49
Replies: 79
Views: 14,654
Posted By Tankertrashnav

I sometimes think we grammar school school boys...

I sometimes think we grammar school school boys had something of a chip on our shoulders about public schoolboys. In my brief teaching career I spent a short time teaching at Marlborough and was...
27th Aug 2022, 12:56
Replies: 79
Views: 14,654
Posted By Tankertrashnav

I remember we did a quick survey on out squadron...

I remember we did a quick survey on out squadron (Victor tankers) in the early 70s. Out of 50 aircrew we could only count about three or four ex-public schoolboys and the remainder were almost all...
27th Aug 2022, 12:20
Replies: 79
Views: 14,654
Posted By Tankertrashnav

I know what you mean. I gave a talk on AAR to the...

I know what you mean. I gave a talk on AAR to the local branch of Air Britain at St Mawgan a few years ago. I was met at the guardroom by my host, a serving officer, who signed me in and got me a...
25th Aug 2022, 19:27
Replies: 422
Views: 145,759
Posted By Tankertrashnav

That is an oft quoted statement, but I'm not so...

That is an oft quoted statement, but I'm not so sure I agree. Take the case of two commanding officers of 617 Squadron , Guy Gibson and Leonard Cheshire. Both were effective leaders and courageus...
11th Jun 2022, 00:39
Replies: 151
Views: 30,684
Posted By Tankertrashnav

(In answer to the question about the...

(In answer to the question about the "taildraggers" in the 1953 photo).

In addition there is one at the Newark Aircraft Museum. Its a T5 which was previously at Lindholme on the Strike Command...
11th Jun 2022, 00:08
Replies: 162
Views: 20,489
Posted By Tankertrashnav

I was shopping in Tesco and saw a female naval...

I was shopping in Tesco and saw a female naval rating in the store. She was badged as a Leading Seaman and it occurred to me that in days of the WRNS she would have been a Leading Wren. I asked her...
22nd Apr 2022, 19:07
Replies: 92
Views: 9,547
Posted By Tankertrashnav

Indeed. I notice that on forums like this...

Indeed. I notice that on forums like this whenever anyone mentions the F104G Starfighter, someone inevitably comes in with the "widowmaker" comment, but for some reason the Meteor has escaped that...
9th May 2021, 18:18
Replies: 77
Views: 12,553
Posted By Tankertrashnav

Electronics? I was a Victor nav radar and was...

Electronics? I was a Victor nav radar and was under the impression that those cans (Calc 2 and 3, etc) mainly contained springs and elastic bands.

Ref Green Satin, the OCU ground school at Marham...
30th Apr 2021, 01:02
Replies: 37
Views: 9,090
Posted By Tankertrashnav

Just a little story about what a different...

Just a little story about what a different experience living in an officers mess was in the mid 60s when I first joined. At that time it was common practice for laundry to be done professionally,...
31st Mar 2021, 12:35
Replies: 72
Views: 15,257
Posted By Tankertrashnav

Sitting in the crew room reading Exchange and...

Sitting in the crew room reading Exchange and Mart around 1974 I saw 111 ACE advertised for 100 (on a moped, as I think you had to actually buy the vehicle at that time). I did think of buying it...
31st Mar 2021, 01:37
Replies: 87
Views: 36,153
Posted By Tankertrashnav

Dont know relevant this is to the current...

Dont know relevant this is to the current discussion, probably not very, but to someone who has been out of the game as long as I have, it is staggering to read what has happened to the RAF in recent...
30th Mar 2021, 01:13
Replies: 35
Views: 4,971
Posted By Tankertrashnav

Thanks for your post ACW342 - very interesting,...

Thanks for your post ACW342 - very interesting, and pleased to hear your bombing skills were better than mine! They hadnt improved by the time I was going through the NBS course at Lindholme and I...
27th Mar 2021, 01:18
Replies: 122
Views: 54,765
Posted By Tankertrashnav

Well if the sea finishes at the mouth of the...

Well if the sea finishes at the mouth of the Helford, what do you call the bit which extends up to Gweek - a leg? a finger? As you say, it is tidal to Gweek. My son was painting a boat in Gweek...
26th Mar 2021, 01:34
Replies: 122
Views: 54,765
Posted By Tankertrashnav

The Helford River is in fact the name of the arm...

The Helford River is in fact the name of the arm of the sea which cuts across the Lizard Peninsula almost as far as Culdrose, so not a river as such. Part of it is known as Frenchman's Creek, made...
25th Mar 2021, 13:31
Replies: 122
Views: 54,765
Posted By Tankertrashnav

Do they use Irvin parachutes (or the successor...

Do they use Irvin parachutes (or the successor company)? If so I assume there will be caterpillar club badges on the way eventually as well.
24th Mar 2021, 13:54
Replies: 78
Views: 14,835
Posted By Tankertrashnav

We gave this subject a good going over a year or...

We gave this subject a good going over a year or two back https://www.pprune.org/military-aviation/608688-raf-beards.html?highlight=beards

Nearly 200 replies, might be worth reading through if...
22nd Mar 2021, 02:19
Replies: 76
Views: 19,905
Posted By Tankertrashnav

Maintenance Command. Always happy to oblige MPN...

Maintenance Command. Always happy to oblige MPN 11 ;)

TTN

Talking of group captains and command HQs, I seem to recall there were 26 group captains at HQ FEAF at Changi when I was in Singapore...
15th Mar 2021, 02:20
Replies: 35
Views: 4,971
Posted By Tankertrashnav

Cant help with the question unfortunately but the...

Cant help with the question unfortunately but the thread has brought back memories of flying with the HKAAF when I was at Kai Tak in 68- 69. At the time they operated a couple of Alouette 3s and some...
23rd Feb 2021, 13:15
Replies: 40
Views: 9,275
Posted By Tankertrashnav

Thanks for the answers chaps - very interesting. ...

Thanks for the answers chaps - very interesting. Final question, did the chap responsible for introducing this dog's breakfast get promoted, or perhaps an OBE?

Re Victor back seaters, Beagle, I...
23rd Feb 2021, 01:23
Replies: 40
Views: 9,275
Posted By Tankertrashnav

Perhaps someone who has all the gen can tell us...

Perhaps someone who has all the gen can tell us about the ill-fated proposal for an extending "tube" which could be deployed in flight to allow the aircrew to escape by sliding down it and emerge...
23rd Feb 2021, 01:08
Replies: 70
Views: 24,708
Posted By Tankertrashnav

Going back to a less controversial part of this...

Going back to a less controversial part of this thread, that statement isn't strictly correct. Whereas officers' decorations (DSC,MC,DFC etc) were traditionally issued unnamed, merely dated, since 1...
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