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18th Jul 2019, 12:10
Replies: 10
Views: 2,238
Posted By Old-Duffer

A few years ago an RM major, who was killed in...

A few years ago an RM major, who was killed in the Gulf, had the child by his girlfriend accepted as being NofK and something similar happened to Trooper Bradley Tinnion an SAS soldier killed by the...
18th Jul 2019, 05:59
Replies: 24
Views: 3,123
Posted By Old-Duffer

Whilst research of any sort is good (rotary wing...

Whilst research of any sort is good (rotary wing ideas were scorned in 1923) there might be other ways of countering missiles, if that is really the aim of the exercise.

Has the countering of...
17th Jul 2019, 11:52
Replies: 10
Views: 2,253
Posted By Old-Duffer

Red face Blimey and I thought this Thread was about an air...

Blimey and I thought this Thread was about an air race!!

O-D
11th Jun 2019, 17:53
Replies: 28
Views: 6,264
Posted By Old-Duffer

Congrats TTN. How time flies! Old Duffer

Congrats TTN. How time flies!

Old Duffer
10th Jun 2019, 08:53
Replies: 24
Views: 7,863
Posted By Old-Duffer

I have adopted a standard reply if anybody asks...

I have adopted a standard reply if anybody asks what my modest lot of hardware is for - it goes something like this:

Enquirer: "What are those medals for?"

Me: "Madam/Sir/My dear (as...
10th Jun 2019, 08:38
Replies: 28
Views: 6,264
Posted By Old-Duffer

Not a problem tartare, Mrs OD always says 'don't...

Not a problem tartare, Mrs OD always says 'don't assume - check', which signally I forgot to do.

Congratulations to tartare MINOR, hopefully the first of many awards if he is making a career of...
10th Jun 2019, 06:16
Replies: 28
Views: 6,264
Posted By Old-Duffer

Just don't lose the bloody thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...

Just don't lose the bloody thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You say 'at cadets' which suggests that he is in the ATC or CCF. I would expect the unit staff to have some idea as to where the sword came from...
7th Jun 2019, 05:35
Replies: 44
Views: 10,925
Posted By Old-Duffer

I agree with Longer Ron; it is as easy to get...

I agree with Longer Ron; it is as easy to get things right than not bother and get things wrong. Any group of 'enacters' would have helped. It also throws the rest of the film into doubt. If one...
5th Jun 2019, 09:24
Replies: 44
Views: 10,925
Posted By Old-Duffer

Whilst FarEastDriver is correct that they are...

Whilst FarEastDriver is correct that they are 'fiction', 303 is heavily biased towards the real 303 and the Polish contribution to the BofB. As to Lancaster Skies it makes the point of being based...
5th Jun 2019, 06:16
Replies: 44
Views: 10,925
Posted By Old-Duffer

Dreadful Films: A Great Shame On Brave Men

I have recently obtained the films: "Lancaster Skies" and "303 Squadron" on DVD.

The subject matter is first a bomber crew coming to terms with losing their pilot and getting a former fighter...
26th May 2019, 10:15
Replies: 21
Views: 4,297
Posted By Old-Duffer

Treble One it is. The squadrons called eg Two...

Treble One it is. The squadrons called eg Two One Six (216) are mostly ex RNAS squadrons whose original numbers were given a prefix of '2' when the RAF was formed.

The history of sqn numbers was...
18th May 2019, 08:43
Replies: 2
Views: 905
Posted By Old-Duffer

Please might it be possible to provide a little...

Please might it be possible to provide a little more notice of open days? Ideally, an outline programme for - say - the rest of the summer would be great.

I am trying to get a gang of ex-RAF...
3rd May 2019, 20:46
Replies: 22
Views: 9,007
Posted By Old-Duffer

Ah but then there was the 'trap' for the pain in...

Ah but then there was the 'trap' for the pain in the ass customs man!!!

It was 'dropped in' that lots of goodies were coming into the UK in a returning Shack from Gibraltar, possibly concealed in...
3rd May 2019, 20:40
Replies: 10
Views: 3,501
Posted By Old-Duffer

But do you mean 2000 hours rotary? He flew...

But do you mean 2000 hours rotary? He flew something like 100+ plus sorties on F8 Meteors of the RAAF in Korea, where he was sent not long after graduating from Cranwell. He was a very lucky...
1st May 2019, 19:21
Replies: 10
Views: 3,501
Posted By Old-Duffer

AVM John W Price (Tail Rotor Price)

Sad to report the loss of another rotary man - the second this week.

AVM John Price, known as Tail Rotor as he bashed several on the ground when flying the Whirlwind.

JWP came to helicopters...
21st Apr 2019, 19:36
Replies: 6
Views: 2,032
Posted By Old-Duffer

Still trying to find out when the next open day...

Still trying to find out when the next open day might be.

Now the weather is improving, my gang of old rotaries are coming out into the open and this visit would be a great outing for us!

Old...
5th Apr 2019, 10:32
Replies: 6
Views: 2,032
Posted By Old-Duffer

Is there any news on further dates for the...

Is there any news on further dates for the Historic Helicopters being 'open' at Chard.

Some friends and I had hoped to go but the first date found some of us snowed in and the second clashed with...
31st Mar 2019, 09:52
Replies: 14
Views: 3,945
Posted By Old-Duffer

BSD, Perhaps you are thinking of another 205...

BSD,

Perhaps you are thinking of another 205 loss? National Service had long finished and the last NS airman discharged from Kinloss at the beginning of '63. There were any number of losses of...
31st Mar 2019, 09:48
Replies: 14
Views: 3,945
Posted By Old-Duffer

To confirm, the survivors were: Flt Sgt K R...

To confirm, the survivors were: Flt Sgt K R WORDSWORTH F/E, Sgt B E SAUNDERS Air Sig and Flt Sgt C W GAZE a Medic of some sort. They spent 16 hours in a dinghy before HMS Ajax picked them up, along...
28th Mar 2019, 07:20
Replies: 7
Views: 2,206
Posted By Old-Duffer

Depends on how deep you want to go. The...

Depends on how deep you want to go. The individual sorties flown at a unit are recorded in the RAF Forms 541. These are available at the National Archives but are ordered, as implied, on a unit/sqn...
3rd Mar 2019, 09:25
Replies: 79
Views: 17,035
Posted By Old-Duffer

In 1965 I was walking along Whitehall in civvies...

In 1965 I was walking along Whitehall in civvies (no hat). In front of me was a man with hat (on head). From a building emerged a Guards warrant officer in 'full fig' with pace stick who came...
2nd Mar 2019, 17:23
Replies: 79
Views: 17,035
Posted By Old-Duffer

The Wing Commander was a mate of his Dad's...

The Wing Commander was a mate of his Dad's !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
28th Feb 2019, 06:10
Replies: 79
Views: 17,035
Posted By Old-Duffer

Calm down Jayteeto - it's only an advert! (at the...

Calm down Jayteeto - it's only an advert! (at the moment).

There is, of course, the 'reverse insult'. In this case somebody expecting a hard time gets given the sweetest of of 'rides' and every...
27th Feb 2019, 16:07
Replies: 79
Views: 17,035
Posted By Old-Duffer

TTN, Are you referring to Captain Maniprasad...

TTN,

Are you referring to Captain Maniprasad Rai by any chance? There was also Lt Gopal Bahadher Gurung and he and 'Mani' were Sandhurst trained. Mani's father had been the 'Gurkha Major' in...
27th Feb 2019, 06:33
Replies: 79
Views: 17,035
Posted By Old-Duffer

TTN may recall at Kai Tak we had a real live VC...

TTN may recall at Kai Tak we had a real live VC winner in Rambahadur Limbu of 1/10th GR, when things hotted up in 1967/8 and we gave a home to one of the roulement battalions (frequently GR but once...
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