23 March 2001


Lots of good stuff this week, although it was rather strange that we received two items for the humour page about aircrew. I have copied them below for you.

If anybody is wondering about all the 'mugshots' and old Abingdon photographs I received from Norrie Radcliffe, and why they are not on the site yet? Well, there's a lot of work to be done scanning each and every one of them into the system, and my scanner is not behaving as it should for the moment. They'll be up soon!

New members this week are:

Mark Taylor from Wootton Bassett

Jim Aitken from Brisbane, Austrlia

Welcome to the OBA!

[Editor's Note: The following contributor wishes to remain anonymous as he is still actively working at Lyneham]


This poem was doing the rounds at Lyneham about 8 years ago but the Airloadmasters took offence (poor things) and so they tried to destroy all copies. That's obviously more of a challenge to a mover! It was written by Chief Tech Terry Pitt. Please do not associate my name with it!


I'm a loadie in the Air Force
I thought it the best job for me
I don't fly the plane, you're possibly aware
I just make the coffee and tea

I've flown hundreds and hundreds of hours
Sat with freight in the back of the Herc
I check the systems without really knowing
What they are, what they do, what a lark

The flight deck is my office
I'm given food for my oven to heat
But I'll tell you what's really depressing
It's the fact that I ain't got a seat

I fly hours sat on my backside
And cover literally thousands of miles
But it's a relief when we've finally landed
Cos I get a good scratch of me piles

It's my wish that I could be accepted
By the rest of the boys on the crew
I suppose it's really my pipe-dream
Cos I'll never be one of 'The Few'

In early years I was once Groundcrew
But I had trouble in passing their tests
The SENGO said "Son, your plain stupid"
So do demonstrate life-saving vests

It's true I get plenty of money
For merely flying around the skies
Doing circuit and bumps and low level
And throwing up on Blueberry pies

I got promoted to Sgt quite early
As aircrew, it's one of the breaks
But I was miffed when I got my rank badges
During breakfast, in a box of cornflakes

Yes, I'm a Loadie in the Air Force
And my advice to young people is free
Go on, Go forth, be a Growbag
And be an absolute WONDER like ME


From: Keith Hubbard
Subject: RE: Old Boys Briefs 031601
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 23:17:21 -0000

Hi Tony

It's been a long time since I last wrote, but seeing the letter from Philip Clarke and the photo's from Merv Philips has brought back memories of Khormaksar. I was in the same room as Dave Weafer, Nock Nelson & Pete Gulliver (somewhere I have a load of photo's).

The lad that was killed in the loading accident was SAC Jude Thadeus Whittle born Febuary 29th 1948. Like myself and Merf Philips he was 51st entry Hereford.

One of the things I remember about Khormaksar was the rain in 1967. I was on guard duty over that 24 hours and so was Merfyn. I can see Merfyn even now, stood at the Pax gate in six inches of water, I wasn't much better off at the far end of the runway (Aden Airways).

When Aden finally closed there were approx. 12 of us that came out at the end, and, after staying in Muharraq, some of us moved on down to Sharjah. Derek Barron , 'Mary' Matthews, I think Tony Searle and Jim Cunningham were others (it would be great to find out who was there from the old crowd). There are so many memories from that period that it is difficult to put them down on paper.

Will be glad to hear from anyone who remembers.

Keith Hubbard


From: David Berry
Subject: 99 Squadron badge
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 18:45:05 -0000

Hello Tony

Being back to 'PC normal' - he says with his fingers crossed - I have responded to your 99 Squadron badge request - it probably is too late. Anyway, I have killed two birds with one stone and put it on my site alongside publicity of your C-17 piece - which I enjoyed reading. You can 'lift' the badge from there, if you wish .

There is the opportunity of giving your site some more publicity amongst Britannia folk by signing the Guest Book at with a suitable message.


Dave B.

[Editor's Note - Thanks for your efforts Dave. It not appears that the 99 Sqn badge is a rare commodity - for the time being anyway]


From: John Bell
Subject: Humour
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 18:29:58 +1000


Submission for your Humour section.


(The following essay was written by a UK schoolboy).

I want to be a pilot when I grow up because it is a fun job and easy to do. That is why there are so many pilots flying today. Pilots don't need much school. They just have to learn numbers so they can read instruments. I guess they should be able to read maps so they won't get lost.

Pilots should be brave so they won't get scared if its foggy and they can't see, or if a wing or motor falls off, they should stay calm so they'll know what to do. Pilots have to have good eyesight so they can see through clouds and they can t be afraid of thunder and lightning because they are closer to them than we are. The salary that pilots get is another thing I like. They make more money than they can spend. This is because most people think that plane flying is dangerous except pilots don't because they know how easy it is.

There isn't much I don't like except girls. Girls like pilots and all stewardesses want to marry pilots. So they have to chase them away so they don't bother them. I hope I don't get airsick because I get carsick and if I got airsick 1 couldn't be a pilot and then I'd have to work.


From: Phillip Clarke
CC: Save Address
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 15:45:01 +0100

Hi Whaty,

Looking for some advice and wonder if you can help me out.

I'm based here in Vienna with Lauda Air but have a Brit Registered car. To keep street legal in Austria I must be street legal in UK, which means an annual MOT test, which is due next month. I normally drive home, do the MOT, load up with decent Brit food that we can't get here and return. With the Foot & Mouth problem I'll be going a long way only for the MOT, and spending a heap of loot.

Question is, now that you guys have normal Brit Registered cars, are there facilities on British Military installations in Germany for MOT Inspections, and would they be freely available to us civilians, albeit proudly retired from HM service. If so I could even come to Bruggen for a BIG ONE rehearsal, or even teach you young uns how Tony and I used to do the job with a just a piece of string and a pip pin.

Grateful for any assistance and look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes to all you Bruggen Muppets.


Philip M. Clarke
Logistics & Materials
Lauda Air
Tel +43 1 7000 75124
Fax +43 1 7000 75125
Mob +43 676 5455015
E Mail:


From: Ian Berry
To: Ben Loveridge
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 14:30:14 -0000


You are quite correct on your suspicion re-Chomper. On checking the 540 He arrived at Lyneham sometime in 1984 repacing Mick Rawle as the WO on D shift. He retired from the RAF in Aug 1985 and as you say probably did not serve 2 years in the rank. I sent a msge to Russ Carter but as yet he hasn't replied.

Cheers for now,



From: Jim Aitken
Subject: Changi bits and pieces
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2001 20:33:10 +1000

Gidday Tony,

Thanks for your e-mail of welcome to the Assn.

A 'profile' and a Changi tale as well? That's a big ask mate!! But nothing a Mover can't handle eh?? As it happens I am in the process of scanning my 'old' photos into the 'puter before they deteriorate any further. Some are pretty grotty as you will see, but if you can use any, then go for it.

I'll do a 'profile' in a later comm. but for your Changi page, I attach the following: (Sorry about the file size, hope you are on cable or ADSL (^_*))

Jim Aitken

[Editor's Note - I received a fabulous package of material from Jim which I will place into the Changi Article, and should be able get it onto the site by tomorrow.]


From: Ian Berry
To: Alan Warwick-Moore
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2001 20:30:53 -0000Alan,


Saw the pic in Images tonight, I can answer 2/3 of your question. Dick Goss lives in Swindon and was planning to go into Health & Safety, saw him the Running Horse pub just last Sunday!

Dave Gayler lives in Highworth, worked at Birmingham Airport for a few years but now works for Cellular Ops here in West Swindon. (We did a tour together in El Adem).


Ian Berry


Well that's it for this week. Kai Tak is now a priority for material in order for me to put together an article - please keep looking!

Have a nice weekend