23 July 2010

New members joining us recently are:

Brian Dunn, Upwood, Huntingdon, Cambs, UK  
Raymond Costello, Kinshasa, DR Congo "Currently MOVCON officer with UN MONUSCO and soon to transfer as OIC MOVCON UNSOA Mombasa"

Cal Leng, Lower Sackville, NS, Canada

Gilda Dolph, Trenton, ON, Canada "Relocated from Ottawa to Trenton this week"
Len (Woody) Wood, Pembroke, ON, Canada "Served as a Mover for 27 years throughout the CAF. I'm a member of the LMA, Legion and RCR Association. I retired in 2008 having served in the CF for 40 years. Proud to be a MOVER."
Claude St-Onge, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, Canada  
Heather Will, Killarney, MB, Canada "Great site and glad to see everyone keeping in touch"

Welcome to the OBA!


From: Steve Richardson, Trenton, ON
Sent: July-10-10 22:12
Subject: CAF Mystery Photo 070810


This was taken during Operation Athena ROTO 0 Movements Team Photo ISAF, Kabul

(L to R) Captain Steve Little, Sgt. Kelly Maude, MWO Rolly Bonneau, Cpl Donna Orychuk, Cpl Mike Martel, Sgt Vicki Montag, Cpl Lenny Forman, Cpl Grant Dickison, MCpl Joe Mcpherson

Just a couple of notes on this photo-- Sgt. Vicki Montag got the Vice CDS Commendation for her excellent performance and leadership during this ROTO.

I worked for MWO Rolly Bonneau at Training and Standards, 2 Air Movement Squadron, Trenton until his retirement and he came back as an army reservist.

Also, Sgt Kelly Maude and MWO Rolly Bonneau have their NATO Brassard or Movements wheel on the wrong arm; it is probably because of the photo shoot wanted a balanced picture.. See you soon...

Take care,

Steve Richardson

Thanks for that Steve. Left click on the picture for a larger version.

Psycho? Alfred Hitchcock had an extreme fear of eggs

From: Steve Harpum, Riyadh,
Sent: July-11-10 12:03
Subject: Re: UKMAMS OBA OBB #070910

Dear Tony,

Regarding the RAF Mystery Photo number 070910, I can put some faces to names, although I am less clear on the uniting theme. I think these pictures were all taken in the early 1980's and I have put the ranks that these folk held at that time, as I recall it. As I was a Plt Off they all outranked me, including the WO!


Steve Harpum

Sqn Ldr Dave Thompson
Ret'd as a Wg Cdr.
Fg Off Andy Martin
Ret'd as a Sqn Ldr, now living in Devon.
Think this might be Paddy Gallagher
Sqn Ldr Dick Bond
Ret'd as a Wg Cdr, works for Serco The tales about him are legion!
Fg Off Neil Mackay
Think he retired as a Flt Lt
Present whereabouts unknown.
Fg off Paul Jones
Still in as a Wg Cdr in Cyprus
Fg Off Bruce Philips
Retired as a Sqn Ldr, now FTRS
Flt Lt at the OASC at Cranwell
Fg Off Jane Finding; ret'd as Flt Lt, Married to Gp Capt Paul Higgins and
now is Careers Officer for Rugby School.
The late, great Flt Lt Jim Stewart
Fg Off Richard Fogden
Still serving as a Gp Capt.
FS Gordon Black
Retired as a WO

Thanks Steve - the only uniting theme is that they are all passport pictures of ex-UKMAMS people (purloined provided by Ian Berry). I have a feeling that you are possibly wrong about A5... I remember the Paddy Gallagher you refer to (I knew a couple) and what an entertaining lad he was! Although he wasn't on my team, we somehow ended up on task in Darwin. One particular evening found us going from floor to floor in the nurses residence at the hospital training college knocking on every door "looking for his sister."

From: Mike Stepney, La Nucia
Sent: July-13-10 14:19
Subject: RAF Mystery Photo

Hi Tony

Another great edition…., many thanks.

Regarding the RAF Mystery Photo …., I think you should have titled this…, “who is the odd one out in this photo”.

That would clearly be B1 Capt Gordon Dixon RCT (RLC). I believe that he was the RLC liaison officer on UK MAMS in the late 80’s.

I first met Gordon in 1972 when we served together on the Joint Services Port Unit (JSPU) Famagusta Cyprus. There were three light blues on the unit, and I can’t think of anywhere better to have spent a tour – considerably better than my two years (67-69) in Khormaksar!!!

We have bumped into each other on a number of occasions and after Cyprus we next met when I was travelling on the Berlin military train in 1978 and he was the ‘Train Conducting Warrant Officer’ with the job of monitoring everyone on the train as it passed through the Russian sector of occupied West Germany. Not sure what happened to Gordon – we lost touch in the late 80’s, but if anyone knows his whereabouts…, I would appreciate if they could pass on my details to him.
Regarding the other photos…., A1 – Dave Thompson…, and I recognise 11 of the others, but …., the grey cells are acting up today…, or perhaps it’s the Rioja I have just supped by the pool.

On a different topic…, I know you have recently had a couple of negative reports on Spain…, and that there are some leaving and heading back to UK, so I thought I would take this opportunity to perhaps balance the recent views. Spain…, like many other countries world-wide is going through a difficult time, but I believe that Spain still has a lot to offer – plenty of warm weather and much to do and see - our local North Cost Blanca Branch of RAFA is almost 150 strong, and we have a very active social scene…, so we are never short of things to do and have many ex RAF friends in the vicinity. Whilst I am not suggesting that your previous two contributors living in Spain were expecting life in Spain to be similar to living in UK…, but believe me…, there are many who do…, and Spain is certainly NOT UK. Spain runs on very bureaucratic lines…, and dealing with day to day issues can be extremely frustrating however, I find that when I come up against this bureaucracy…, I pop into the nearest restaurant/bar/taberna and unwind with a nice strong Spanish coffee…, or something stronger if its been a particularly difficult encounter. In the end things usually work out…, but it is good to remember one point…, that in Spain the word mañana does not mean tomorrow…, it means not today….!!! If you can accept this philosophy then Spain can be a very pleasant place to live.

deseos y saludos


Muchas gracias Mike. Steve Harpum no está de acuerdo con usted para B1, quizás que alguien puede proporcionar una respuesta.

From: Brian Kent, Carterton
Sent: July-20-10 13:52
Subject: John Boyd

Hi Tony,

Would appreciate if any members know the whereabouts of Johnny Boyd.

Brought back a few memories after seeing his photo in your newsletter

With reference to the RAF Mystery Photo 070910:

Bill Kearney
Terry Titterington
Dave McKay
John Best

Great job Tony

Brian Kent

Thanks Brian


From: Charles Collier, Devizes
Sent: July-12-10 04:51
Subject: Wessex Centre - Institute of Transport Admin

Dear Tony,

I've attached my Centre programme for the forthcoming period.

If any UKMAMS OBA members who live nearby would like to attend any of these meetings then I'm always happy to have them as my guest.



Thanks Charles - Although the link indicates it's a Word document, I saved it in .rtf (rich text format) so any word processor should be able to open it.

The degree sign ( º ) is an ancient symbol representing the sun

From: John Holloway, Shrewsbury
Sent: July-13-10 17:16
Subject: NSRAFA Cosford Branch

Hi Tony,

Our speaker at today's meeting was a young RAF SAC just back from his second tour in Afghanistan.

He is part of 18/27 Sqdn Engineering servicing our ten Chinooks at Camp Bastion, his talk was mainly on the living and working conditions that they had there. It was his second tour which he told us is for two and half months and he now has about a year at RAF Cosford before probably returning there.

He showed us a batch of slides that he had taken of their accomodation which, quite honestly, looked a hundred times better than the ones we were stuck with in our time in the Middle East. On one of the slides was a shot of a hole in their ablutions where a missile had passed thru the 6" wall but didn't explode but still left one hell of a mess. One of our lads quipped, "you wouldn't need a laxative if you'd been sat there when that came thru the wall!"

He also had a whole range of slides taken from a Chinook of the terrain around them of the vast barren desert, mountains and of course the huge poppy fields.

Of the ten helicopters they maintain one is always on standby as a Casevac if needed and two are usually in servicing. The remaining helicopters are on troop movement and resupply out into the various outposts away from Bastion. They carry a large stock of spares for the Chinooks but if an item is not available he said that the Americans usually come up with anything needed and relations with them are 100%.

We all enjoyed his talk and of course we pulled his leg about the living conditions they have at Bastion; more like Butlins!



Thanks John... you're right about the accommodations... they probably even have dedicated Wallahs taking care of the Camel Spiders!


From: Budgie Baigent, Auckland
Sent: July-14-10 05:32
Subject: RNZAF Mystery Photo 070910

Hi Tony,

The RNZAF mystery pic is NZDF Supply Warrant Officers conference held in Wellington 2009.

Several ex RNZAF Air Movers amongst the group (W/O Robyn Gell, W/O Dave Milne, W/O Sheryl Miller & W/O Budgie Baigent).


Kind regards,


Thanks Budgie!

Charles Dicken's character Tiny Tim was originally called Small Sam

Battle of Britain Weekend at the Royal Air Force Museum London

One of the key moments in modern history is set to be celebrated in London during September, when the Royal Air Force Museum hosts the Battle of Britain weekend.

One of the most important events of the second world war, the battle was a turning point in the fight against the German armed forces and it will be commemorated on Saturday September 11th and Sunday 12th with a wide range of events.

One of the highlights will be the Battle of Britain Memorial Flypast on the Sunday, which subject to weather conditions, will see Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes take to the skies once more to commemorate the aerial battle that waged during 1940.

Concerts inspired by the event will be performed underneath the museum's Lancaster Bomber by the Barnet Band and the Royal Air Force President's Band, while movie buffs will be able to take in archive footage of the battle, along with a film lineup that includes Lawrence Olivier's classic The Battle of Britain.


From: Gerry Davis, Bedminster
Sent: July-14-10 08:31
Subject: Personnel Records of Ex Servicemen.

Hi Tony,

When I met Ian Berry recently he told me that ex-service personnel like us can gain access to our service records free of charge. This has come about under the Freedom of Information Act. (Should you require details of a deceased relative, there is a £30 search fee).

You can download a Subject Access Request form for this information via their website at

Or you can write to:
Room 220
Trenchard Hall
RAF Cranwell
Sleaford, LINCS
NG34 8HB
Tel: 01400 261201 Ext's 8175 / 8172 / 8173

You need to supply as much personal information as you can, detailing what you require, i.e. medical records or personal assessments. Your National Insurance number and a photocopy of either your driving licence or passport have to be sent.

I have just done this, and am eagerly waiting to find out what’s been written about me by my various Commanding Officers. Gosh! I hope that I’m not disappointed!

Oh dear, what have I done?


p.s. Talking about ex-servicemen, here's a picture I received from Malcolm Porter at the London Pride in LA last week, converting beer into water. Apparently they also serve fried bread!

Thanks Gerry - I don't think I'd be too keen on seeing the notes in my file - some things are better left in the shadows methinks!

The sun converts over 4,000,000 tons of matter into energy every second

Farnborough: A400M arrives after first photo-call with RAF peers

Airbus Military has brought its second A400M development aircraft to the Farnborough air show, after first flying the transport to its future UK home at the Royal Air Force's Brize Norton air base in Oxfordshire.

During its base visit on 16 July, MSN002 lined up alongside its future RAF peers: the Lockheed Martin C-130J and the Boeing C-17 .

It then went on to fly at the Royal International Air Tattoo over the weekend, where Airbus chief test pilot military Ed Strongman says it received great support.


RAF can't bear 'Grizzly' nickname

Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) is definitely not amused by the nickname provided by Airbus for its A400M military transporter - the "Grizzly".

The European planemaker held a baptism ceremony for the bulky troop transporter at the Farnborough Airshow this week, using the moniker invented by the plane's test pilots. Paw prints were painted over the grounds in a marketing stunt to introduce the Grizzly to the global defence industry.

But air chief marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, Britain's top air force officer, delivered a blunt veto from the RAF, "It's absolutely appalling," he said, "it has no provenance, no acceptance and it will enter RAF service with that name over my dead body."

The naming row risks embarrassment for Airbus, which has spent months fending off controversy over delays and billions of euros of cost overruns on Europe's largest defence project. "The name is only for the prototype aircraft. The nations are free to select whatever name they wish," said Airbus Military spokesman Jaime Perez-Guerra.

Finding agreement on names for pan-European military hardware projects is a notoriously tricky diplomatic exercise. Britain was accused of being insensitive in the 1990s when it decided to name the four-nation Eurofighter combat jet the Typhoon, after an RAF fighter-bomber which was used to attack German ground troops during World War II.

Air Chief Marshal Dalton said Britain had its own proposed name for the A400M, but this would be discussed first with its partners in the project: France, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Britain has ordered 25 A400Ms, but is expected to cancel three of them as part of a deal to help absorb cost overruns.



From: Rick Newton, Trenton, ON
Sent: July-10-10 11:59
Subject: RAAF Fallen in Canada

Hi Tony,

These pictures were taken at St. George's Cemetery in Trenton, Ontario:

As you can see, there is a special place set aside for all those who lost their lives here in the BCATP.

The first two rows are all Commonwealth and the last two are RCAF.


The headstones are weathered and the carvings are not a clear as they once were.



Thanks Rick, your efforts are appreciated!

From: John Belcher, Chippenham
Sent: July-14-10 19:52
To: CJ (Pig) Clarke, Burlington, ON, Canada
Subject: RAAF fallen buried in Canada


Sgt J E Fazel, Gander Cemetery

The War Graves Photographic Project have taken many of the photos that your contact is after. They have tied up with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to make the photos available to anyone willing to pay for them. You can search for the photos and see a small low res copy if it is held.

Personally, whilst I can see that there may need to be a small charge for supplying the photos by this site, I think the price is too high that they are charging. Especially when The British War Graves site provides a similar service but supplies the photos free of charge. The Canadian cemeteries that they hold photos of are listed on The vast majority of the photos held by both sites have been given free of charge by volunteer photographers – yes including me

Perhaps anyone who takes the photos in Canada can pass a copy to the British War Graves site as well?

You have to wonder how they can (with a clear conscience) profit from the death of the fallen war heroes?

It's an ex-Royal Navy bloke who runs the TWGPP and he says the charges are to cover his site hosting costs and running charges etc. I spent a couple of days travelling round Bristol and Somerset taking photos of the war graves for them. The original site indicated that the photos would be supplied free. When you sent the photos to them one of the conditions was that you had to relinquish copyright of the photo to them. Year or 2 later when I saw the amount they were charging for the photos I sent all my photos, not just those that were with the TWGPP, to the BWG owner.

Good for you!

My area of interest is in local War Memorials. I have researched a number of memorials to find out more details of the men commemorated. Once I have these details, I normally print a booklet and place it in either the local church or museum. The long term plan being to put the details on a web site. So far I have the details of the men from Chippenham on my site at



The smell of peppermint improves the concentration of office workers


From: Malcolm Porter, Malibu, CA
Sent: July-14-10 19:38
Subject: Documentary

Hi Tony,

I just did the pilot shoot for ~CARGO TRAMPS~ in Hollywood this morning - and all without makeup!

Just hoping now that we get the go ahead to do this documentary series - seems our pilot film shoot was well received by the Discovery Channel - should we get this show on the road, your help will be invaluable. At least I shall be able to hand some money over to XM496 at Kemble as I want to shoot the interviews in the flight deck there.

The next big job is to have the aircraft washed - she is looking a bit sad for herself. The rear lower hold is so awful now - corrossion has really got to her down there as her final operator used her for cattle hauling in Africa. If I could get my hands on the Guppy, I would donate two new nose wheels that are on a pallet - never been used and they fit the Brit of course.

Photo © CL44 Association/Steve Dodson

A friend of mine, Steve Dodson, just sent me this recent pic of the sole remaining Slug.

If the Leach family (Heavylift) weren't at war, there would be 2 Slugs still around.

Whilst we were at SEN (Southend) with the Guppy, the Belfast was next to us. In a peak of rage, the elder Leach (Geoff) chopped it!

In retaliation, Nick, the Managing Director and his son, removed the Tynes from the Guppy at BOH and that was that!

Gear Up


Good news regarding the TV series Malcolm! As for the Belfast, as a coincidence, this bird’s original title was XR365 – Hector – and in 1973 I flew around the world in 18 days in her.

18th Century English sailors wore skirts

From: Norman Munslow, Sutton Coldfield
Sent: July-19-10 14:36
Subject: Nicosia Forces Network

It's probably too late in the day, 50 years ago, but during my tour in Nicosia in 1959-61, I was attached to JATNE (Joint Air Terminal Middle East then changed to Near East).

During that 2 1/2 year tour, I and other colleagues worked on NFN, the Nicosia Forces Network, which was a Tannoy system providing radio programmes that were transmitted into the billets around the camp.

In our own enthusiastic but amateurish way we worked to supply music, news & comments around the camp and at the same time we enjoyed the work immensely which we did on a purely voluntary basis.

I have often wondered if anyone remembers NFN, maybe had a request played? Also, whatever happened to my fellow would-be radio announcers and DJ's? I can remember the names of most of them; Geoff Vincent, Tony Woods, Oscar Rabin,Val (WRAF - country music), also the 2 technicians who put the thing together (sorry guys can't remember your names). There were others too who's names have disappeared in the midst of time. I'd be really interested to hear from anyone who either remembers NFN or worked with me in the studio.

I'm attaching some pics of the studio and the staff (I'm the one in black although not black now!)

Yours sincerely

Norman Munslow
(Formerly 4249224 SAC - you never forget your service number do you?)

That's me in 1960 - black shirt and black hair.
Two Techies putting in a new consol
Me, Val, Bill, Oscar and Robin
This is me recently - white shirt and white hair!

Thanks for the memories Norm - I did a similar thing in Salalah, Oman, back in the mid 60's and it was very enjoyable. Two songs come to mind that were often requested back then, and I'm sure you'll recognize them.

The first was inevitably requested for the MT guys:
Three wheels on my wagon, and I'm still rollin' along

Secondly, for the rest of us, this was the most popular: ♫ They're coming to take me away ha ha

Let's hope that you are able to find some former mates


From: David Eggleton, Abingdon
Sent: July-20-10 03:34
Subject: Update: Sandy Sandiford.


Hi Tony,

Sandy Sandiford, as you know, was a UKMAMS member during our RAF Abingdon days and a member of my team. He has severe Alzheimers, and has been in a specialist home for a number of years; he is now 80 years old.

I have recently spoken with his wife, Terry, who lives in Abingdon. There is no change in his condition, he does not know Terry or any of the family when they visit. Terry needs no further help at the moment, and is shortly going on holiday to Barbados with her son and family.

There will be older UKMAMS members who remember Sandy and served with him.


Dave Eggleton


Thanks for the update Dave - I was in the Turks and Caicos Islands with Sandy back in the day - there's a photograph in the book "UKMAMS Moving in Mysterious Ways" by Jerry Porter, of us both holding up a couple of stingray that we had caught!

Houseflies hum in the key of F


Later this year we will have an opportunity to bid farewell to our colleagues in style with the annual Trade Top Table. The CMC and Mess Committee at RAF Lyneham have accepted our request and the date is set. As you will be fully aware this event continues to prove hugely popular and this year should be no exception. It is therefore important we start planning now so as to accommodate as many people as possible.

Individuals in the frame this year that I’m aware of so far are - Al Salisbury, John Hadley, Brian Davis, Glenn Richardson, Eddie McDowell, Ginge Richies & Steve Pardoe, but I am sure there are others out there who wish to be dined out.  Please confirm if you would like to be dined out this year and pass names to me soonest including who will be making speeches on your behalf.

In keeping with tradition the afternoon will begin at 1200L on 19th November 2010 in the Sgt Mess bar at RAF Lyneham. The cost of the function will be advised at a later date but will include an arrival drink, wine and port.   The cost last year was £35; cost for this year’s event will be confirmed at a later date but shouldn’t be too different.

In August or September another letter will be sent to interested persons with the menu, final details of those leaving and requests for payments.

Best Regards
Andy Holloway

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From: Charles Cormack, Lyneham Village
Sent: July-21-10 09:30
Subject: Top Table info


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UK defence cuts will be deep but smart

The Royal Air Force (RAF) will emerge from the current UK Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) with only two types of airlifter, two types of fighter and two types of helicopter. That much was confirmed here Tuesday when Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Dalton, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), spoke to journalists after delivering a presentation on Combat ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance). A few hours earlier, British defense secretary Dr. Liam Fox told his Farnborough audience, “The current defense program is entirely unaffordable.”

These comments are bound to generate a fresh round of chalet chatter on the last trade day of this year’s Farnborough show. Will the government dare to cancel the A400M airlifter in favor of the RAF retaining both the C-130J and the C-17? If not, when exactly will the C-130Js be retired? The two fighters must surely be the Eurofighter Typhoon and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in the long term. But will the Harriers be chopped immediately, and what about the Tornado GR.4 force? The helicopter choice is already made: the RAF’s Merlins will be transferred to the Royal Navy, leaving the service with Chinooks and upgraded Pumas.

“We cannot afford the luxury of multiple supply chains and the associated training and infrastructure costs,” said Fox. “With only two types, we’ll save money upfront and ongoing, while preserving capabilities,” said ACM Dalton.

Fox echoed the sober conclusion of a report into defense procurement that was commissioned by the last British government. “There’s no doubt that there has been a culture of mutual over-optimism on costs, timing and performance,” he said. The new Defence Secretary called for “better value for money to the British taxpayer” from defense procurement.

But he offered a “deal” to the UK defense industry. “We will reform our acquisition processes, including a ten-year planning horizon agreed with the Treasury, audited every year,” he promised. Fox confirmed that a new Defence Industrial Strategy would be published after the SDSR. He also promised a renewed government commitment to support defense exports, including a more efficient licensing system. A pledge to ensure that exportability is a criteria when devising the requirements for UK defense equipment, plus “innovative training and exercise support.”

ACM Dalton spoke for 30 minutes on UK ISTAR capabilities without once mentioning the Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft, which has also been employed for overland surveillance. The service last year retired the old Nimrod MR.2 fleet without waiting for the new MRA.4 version to enter service. So had the RAF offered up the MRA.4 fleet for sacrifice in the SDSR, as some rumors suggest? The CAS denied this.

A similar capability gap will arise next year when the RAF’s small fleet of Nimrod R.1 SIGINT aircraft are withdrawn. To replace them, the RAF plans to acquire three new RC-135 Rivet Joint conversions from L-3 Communications. The plan has been controversial, with some arguing that the U.S. would exercise ultimate control over how these aircraft are used or modified. Moreover, the first RC-135 won’t enter service until 2014.

Could this plan be scrapped or cut back? ACM Dalton said that this is “a critical national requirement. I have no sovereignty concerns. We will have the capability to add our own urgent operational requirements to the aircraft,” he added. L-3 Communications told AIN that the letter of offer and acceptance for the River Joints had been signed last March, and that a series of contracts were being progressively concluded.

So the debate continues, and the rumors multiply. We suggest that for the meantime, you sit back and enjoy the show. Especially the Red Arrows. You may never see them again.


Hands up all those people who recently sang ♫ They're coming to take me away ha ha ♫

From: Tony Gale, Gatineau, QC
To: Steve Richardson, Trenton, ON
Sent: Friday, July 09, 2010 4:02 PM
Subject: Question...

Hi Steve,

I received an e-mail from Len Wood thanking me for the newsletter - all he wrote was "Thanks Trapper."

Question - when one mover refers to another as “Trapper” what does that mean? Is there a history behind the name?

Thanks n rgds


From: Steve Richardson, Trenton, ON
Sent: July-09-10 22:04
Subject: TRAPPER Nickname


The "Trapper" nickname was given to young or new Traffic Technicians involved with MAMS or Loadmaster duties. The guy who originally gave the nickname out was Sgt. Larry Hatt. He was the "Mover Extraordinaire" and when he retired he held a civil service job in Ottawa. I think he was a loadmaster on Boxcars, Northstars and Hercules aircraft. He was a good friend and quite the character at some of the LMA reunions. He passed away around 1997.

Len Wood, who at one time had extensive dealings with Larry, has carried on with the tradition of giving the nickname to younger Traffic Techs and new Loadmasters. The younger guys have shown leadership, teamwork and a high work ethic to get the nickname of "Trapper." Len wrote an article for the "Contact" newspaper at 8 Wing Trenton about what this name means to him and young movers in the trade.

Take care,

Steve Richardson

Proud to be called "Trapper"

Based on the musings and experiences of the one and only MWO and
Trapper, Len (Woody) Wood (retired), 2 Air Movements Squadron.

It would not take long for a wet-behind-the-ears Traffic Tech at 2 Air Movements Squadron to have to answer to the term ‘Trapper’. A term of endearment and rite of passage that is in keeping with traditions and values long established within the trade, it is important to know the history of the coveted expression. Here is my story:

Upon graduation from Canadian Forces School of Traffic and Movements (CFSTM),  I was posted to 1 AMU. I was assigned a position within 8 Mobile Air Movements Section where I was eager to begin my adventure as a MAMS tech.

Pining for knowledge and experience, I was deployed to Thule, Greenland in support of Exercise Boxtop. It was here, while under the watchful eye of Sgt “Pictou Pete” Cheverie that I would hear the term ‘Trapper’ for the first time. It would not be the last as WO Jimmy Cooper also insisted on calling all the MAMS personnel  ‘Trappers’.

I didn’t think much about it back then as I had yet to break a mold cast by my years as  an infanteer where we did not ask questions. ‘Trapper’, to me, was just another word for a MAMS person, much the same as I was called a ‘Grunt’ while serving as an infanteer.

It was not until 1984 while posted to 14 Wing Greenwood in a position in CMTT clearing Customs for the CP140 aircraft and paying invoices for the shipment of freight, that I had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Larry Hatt at DTM in Ottawa. He kept calling me ‘Trapper’ or ‘Trap’each time we spoke. I immediately got curious and asked the inevitable question, why was he calling me “Trapper”?

His response, “A ‘Trapper’ is a Traffic Tech who demonstrates his willingness to  assist others without being prompted or asked.” To my honour, after having dealt with him on more than several occasions, he deemed me worthy of being addressed as a ‘Trapper’.

Over the years, I got used to using the term ‘Trapper’ when dealing with Traffic  Techs throughout the CF. I continue to use the word “Trapper” in the same context as Mr. Larry “Trapper” Hatt. To me, the term “Trapper” refers to someone who is always there to lend a hand and to assist anyone in need, especially another Traffic Tech, without question.

The term ‘Trapper’ manifests the important values that we hold within our Traffic Tech community and reflects not only the way that we treat others, but especially the way that we treat our own.

Regardless of your rank, next time you are addressed as ‘Trapper’, I hope that you remember this story and take the time to appreciate what it stands for, as someone obviously thinks that you are deserving of being called a ‘Trapper’.

'Contact' issue of 30 March 2007 (CFB Trenton's weekly newspaper)


From: Alex Masson, Chelmsford
Sent: July-22-10 13:46
Subject: Welcome to Paul Stanford!


I would like to welcome Paul Stanford to the UKMAMS OB Association. He has not long left the RAF and has joined our Chelmsford Branch of the RAF Association.

I was overjoyed when I learned he was an ex-Mover and directed him to the site immediately. Doubtless many of our members will know him and will have served with him.

Paul has filled the vacancy left when I withdrew as Treasurer, and what a breath of fresh air he is. I am back on the Committee again, not as Treasurer but as ‘freelance gopher’ and fund raiser for our charity. We have a long standing Wings Organiser with whom I work closely.

Paul made his mark when he turned out to help the valiant few (10 out of nearly 200 members) who collected for this years “Wings Appeal” at our local Tesco Store. Over the four days we collected £1,885. which is much more than I would have dared hope for; I had not expected to reach £1,000.
We will be collecting again during Battle of Britain Week in September at other Stores and locations around Chelmsford. Tesco’s couldn’t accommodate us in September so suggested we did it in July at their Store. Most helpful of them!



Thanks Alex... I'm sure a lot of folk join you in welcoming Paul (including me!).

Buckingham Palace was bombed nine times during WWII with only one fatality

Runway One-Three Revisited



In the Middle Ages, dead bodies were often used as ammunition in catapults



The British Government has 100,000 cats on the payroll - they work as rat-catchers


That's it for this issue

Have a great weekend!