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"Puddy" Catt an update not a request!!!

Old 16th Dec 2007, 00:57
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Talking "Puddy" Catt an update not a request!!!

Hi there,
This is more of an update rather than a request for info - but as he is mentioned within this forum a fair bit, I thought I would share this with you. I have been in contact with Puddy for many years now, having worked with him at Brawdy back in the 80's when he flew our much missed Meteor "Winston". As he does not have any phone / net access, he relies on good old hand-written communication, but likes to know what is said on here as reports of his demise circulated a few years ago on this forum, much to his amusement....

I've just received a rather nice letter from him which has him in good spirits albeit rather marooned at home due to some comically described building works taking place outside his home. He is still going strong, and still as eccentric as ever, which I rather enjoy to be honest...

I haven't had the chance to pop down and meet him this year, but always try and do so when in the area on hols (Pembrokeshire).

I'm sure fellow forumites will be pleased to know he is still with us, as he has never forgotten reports of his apparent demise being circulated on the web (he finds that suitably amusing of course)...

In his letter, he hints at the faint possibility of acquiring a new phone line and internet access in the not-to-distant future, but with his wicked dislike for such modern communication I can't hold him to that. (It isn't his idea, more a plan by his landowner.....lol)

Anyway, I'll leave it at that, and hope some of you will be happy at the news!!!


Pete Buckingham
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Old 18th Dec 2007, 09:18
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Thank you for that Peter - I trust he's in rude health. How old will he be these days?
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Old 8th Jan 2008, 13:32
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It's great to hear "Puddy" Catt is still with us, I used to work on the Hunter flight line at RAF Brawdy in the late 70's. It was always good to see him and his large personality, a true gent if there ever was one.

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Old 21st Jan 2008, 12:53
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"Puddy" Catt

I remember Puddy from when I did a Meteor course at RAF Strubby in 1962. He was a most entertaining character. I recall him telling anecdotes of when he had a Vampire formation team called "The King's Men". He was attached to the Royal Jordanian Air Force at the time, and King Hussein was one of the team.
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Old 24th Dec 2009, 07:26
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I realise that this is dragging up a really old thread now, but it is surely worth it to have an update on "Puddy"!!!

He has just sent me an email, after many years without even a phone line, now he has interent access

As it was on this very forum that news of his apparent demise first surfaced, I'm sure those that know Puddy will be delighted to know this latest news.

I won't be passing on his email address (at his own request) and he doesn't browse the web much, prefering to email only those that he chooses to...

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Old 24th Dec 2009, 09:22
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Was he at Chivenor when I did the course in '69?
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Old 24th Dec 2009, 10:49
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I will ask the question on your behalf - perhaps you could PM me your details in case he remembers you by chance?
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Old 24th Dec 2009, 15:58
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Wilco, but there's no chance; I was but a lowly stude...
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Old 27th Dec 2009, 14:06
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He is well remembered from my time at Brawdy!

Always said he would never stoop so low as to fly the Hawk instead of the Hunter! That is until he tried it!

Can still remember the call of "Now now Wing Commander, that's my seat" when he found some senior refresher student in his seat at met briefing.

Glad to hear he is still alive and kicking!
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Old 17th Jan 2010, 15:01
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I remember this guy from when I was on a UAS detachment to Brawdy just before the Falklands War. A bear of a man with a hilarious character. We went for a blast in a Hawk together. At the briefing the wording was 'keep your w*****g spanners off this and that!!!' His description of how to fly a barrel roll was 'it's like a big cuddly polar bear.' ... priceless.. we need more like him in aviation.
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Old 23rd Dec 2011, 12:52
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Another update about "Puddy"... having received an email from him today!

Still with us, although his health has suffered a bit this year with some falls due to the rather undulating terrain surrounding his cottage. After some neighbourly assistance he now has level ground to help him get around which has made life easier etc.

I know he was suffering from Tinitus in recent years, so I do wonder of this may be a contributory factor.

It was nice to hear from him anyway, and I'm sure those who knew him over the decades will be pleased to hear he's still going of course
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Old 23rd Dec 2011, 18:37
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Hunter xf 372 - could you PM me puddy's e - mail. We served together at Gutersloh - albeit he was on the wrong squadron !
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Old 3rd Jan 2012, 18:06
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Puddy, Brawdy circa 1979 when I was a stude on Hawks. He was flying Winston, which suffered a single engine failure. Alledgedly, he recovered to Brawdy in (IIRC) Yellow something and set up a straight in approach. ATC told him he was clear to land to which responded that he was overshooting because he was "a bit short of single engined approaches". And so he shot three approaches before he landed.

So the story goes. I like to think it happened because it fits his personality and I've accepted it as thruth all these years. If you know differently, please don't tell me!

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Old 9th Dec 2013, 00:10
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Sad news

Hello All, I am the guy previously referred to in this forum as "Puddy's landowner" and "friendly neighbour" or words to that effect, and responsible for the "comically described building works" (which did indeed maroon him for a time). Must say this brought tears to my eyes, and a big choke in my throat. (Only came across this forum because we googled "Puddy Catt"; have not been in the RAF myself.) Reason being Puddy passed away yesterday or the day before; we found him in his cottage on Saturday morning 7/12/13 when we came to take him shopping, as we would usually do on Saturdays: dead, but looking very peaceful. Will, once we have fired up Puddy's computer (we have been asked to execute his will), try to find your email address on it, Pete, and then maybe send you a more detailed message. From your lot's posts about him it's clear he was thought of very highly. Can only say that cannot have been highly enough. We have been neighbours for 16 years, and could really not have wished for a better friend. Slightly eccentric and very much his own man, yes, but to be trusted without any hesitation with one's life (as you lot will no doubt be able to attest), and a true true gentleman. He made it to 77 and a few weeks, which, given his vices, of which there were a few, is not bad going, probably.

Only recently we asked him whether he would perhaps like to go up into the air some time once more, and told him we'd happily arrange that for him. I hope/suppose this forum will not be offended by his answer: (booming voice) "Ha ha, no, it's not much fun flying when there's no explosives to play around with!" This after his describing to me how beautiful a certain type of cloud (name provided, but promptly forgotten by me) we'd been seeing in the air over our heads would look from above. A man of many talents and immense experience, and very sorely missed!
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Old 9th Dec 2013, 13:00
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Response to the awfully sad news....

I cannot thank you enough for taking the time and trouble to register on here to post the news, albeit very sad indeed.
I had only just emailed Puddy yesterday for an update - I will now pass on the sad news to all those I am in contact with online etc, as he was still being talked about only yesterday...

Please do contact me if you wish - my email is: [email protected]
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Old 9th Dec 2013, 14:52
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Aaah Good morning. Captain Catt Kuwait Air Force. Mathie and I always remembered his introduction. Sadly Al has gone too. Those happy Chiv and Brawdy days. Fly Hunter Forget Hawk. Puddy one of the best sorry not to have seen you in later years. P.
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Old 11th Dec 2013, 23:04
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Sad news - I'll recall Puddy and his larger than life character from the St Bride's Inn in Little Haven.

Pasted below are the death notice and details of the funeral from the Western Telegraph.

Flight Lieutenant Douglas George "Puddy" Catt Walwyns Castle
The death occurred suddenly but peacefully at his home on Saturday 7th December 2013, of Flight Lieutenant Douglas George "Puddy" Catt, aged 77 years, of Walwyns Castle.
Dearly loved, he will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
The funeral service will take place on Monday 16th December 2013 at 10.45am at Parc Gwyn Crematorium, Narberth.
No flowers.
All enquiries to Tom Newing & Sons Ltd, Milford Haven. Tel: 01646 693180
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