22 December 2009

From: Jack Riley, Urangan, Qld
Sent: Sunday, November 29, 2009 12:40 AM
Subject: Christmas


For the first time since they left home, my kids and their kids will form up at the family shack this year; flying in from such far flung places as New Zealand and Melbourne. Father has spoken.

So I am reminded of those of us who will be separated, for one reason or another, from those they love. We remember too, those of our number who have left us this year ... and their families.

This time of year is one of celebration, of partying and fun, of church-going and visiting, but it is also a time of reflection and stocktaking.

My wish is that you can look back on a year of happiness and achievement and that, in 2010, you are blessed with a year of peace.

To those of our number who, like all of us in the past, are still at the sharp end... a safe return.

Go well

Jack Riley
Honorary Chairman

How do sheep in Mexico say Merry Christmas?
Fleece Navidad!

From: James Aitken, Brisbane, Qld
Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2009 7:26 PM
Subject: OBA newsletter Christmas Edition

Hi Tony,

Just a wee wish for the Christmas edition of the MAMSOBA newsletter



How would you fire Santa?
Give him the sack..

Airbus celebrates as A400M gets airborne

Airbus Military’s first A400M transport took off from San Pablo airport near Seville, Spain at 10:15 local time 11th December on its historic first flight.

Aircraft MSN001 landed at 14:00 local time, after a sortie lasting 3h 45min.

Airbus says the first A400M reached its top speed of 300kt (555km/h) as planned during the flight, and that the aircraft performed as expected.

Perhaps in keeping with the programme’s delayed nature, the A400M got airborne 15min later than scheduled due to a technical glitch which required test computers to be reset twice. But after 15min in the air the transport was at 8,000ft (2,440m) and performing low speed testing. It was also later slowed down to its initial stall speed warning level ahead of landing approach, and operated in both “normal” and “direct” flight control laws.

"The aircraft had sparkling performance on take off," says Ed Strongman, Airbus's chief test pilot, military programmes, who was at the controls for the first flight.

"We covered a lot of the flight envelope," he says, and adds: "the interface was as we had hoped." The majority of the flight - which lasted 45min longer than previously forecast, due to good progress with test activities - was performed at altitudes between 8,000ft and 10,000ft, but it as also taken up to 18,000ft during a pressurisation test.

EADS-led Airbus Military should have delivered its first operational example in October under the terms of its single development and production contract, signed in May 2003.



If athletes get athletes foot, what do astronauts get? 
Missle toe!

New members joining us recently are:


Luanne MacKinney, Dartmouth, NS, Canada I started my traffic tech career with 3 Air Movements Unit in Ottawa. And it has been one great ride ever since :-) To quote a special person - I try to live my live in such a way that when my feet hit the floor in the morning, satan shudders and says..'oh shoot ... she's awake!!'


Tony Bullock, Brisbane, Qld., Australia "Originally served in 4624 Sqn RAuxAF (twice) then when I moved to Australia I joined 23 Sqn RAAF in 1997. Served in Air Movements at Amberley to date although I did transfer as a resservist in 2007"

Welcome to the OBA!

If Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus had a child, what would he be called?
A subordinate Claus.

From: Robert Taylor, Doncaster
Sent: Friday, December 11, 2009 8:04 PM
Subject: OBB 121209

Hi Tony,

Yet again a brill brief. I don't know how you keep turning them out but keep up the great work.

Re the article on "Future Brize" I've got to agree with MP James Gray, why spend all that money on Brize when there is a perfectly good base at Lyneham. Why could they not have split the costs involved to upgrade both bases? Has for using Bournemouth as an emergency runway?

Keep Lyneham open I say.

Re the RNZAF Mystery Photo, It's Christchurch International.

May I also at this time pass on my very best wishes to you and all the members a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.

Cheers Robbie

PS. Photo attached, you should have seen the one that got away??

Thanks for the catch of the day Robbie! You are correct regarding Christchurch Airport for the Mystery Photo, but no prize unfortunately as you failed to mention the fact that both Air Force One and Air Force Two were parked on the ramp... was in September 1999 during US President Bill Clinton's visit.

If Santa rode a motorcycle, what kind would it be?
A Holly Davidson.

'We're all about the beans and the bullets'

Supply battalion chief Maj. Sean Ward is Canada's go-to guy for everything soldiers require in Afghanistan

Maj. Sean Ward runs the closest thing to Canadian Tire that Kandahar will ever see.

The 38-year-old member of the Edmonton-based 1 Service Battalion is in charge of supplying, well, absolutely everything to Canadian troops stationed in Afghanistan.

At a brisk pace through a massive warehouse on the Kandahar Airfield, Ward points at different crates and boxes stacked to the high steel roof.

"It's everything under the sun, from foot powder to everything I'm wearing, to weapons, Head and Shoulders shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes," he says, barely scratching the long list.

"The National Support Element is not the sexy part of the fight, but it's highly important. We're all about the beans and the bullets."

The volume of military supplies that go through the Kandahar Airfield and other military bases in Afghanistan is staggering. Around 85 tonnes of items are brought in every week on military aircraft or chartered heavy-lift flights.

It takes more than 400 massive canisters simply to hold replacement parts for Canada's military vehicles. Ward estimates more than $1 billion worth of supplies are stocked away in full warehouses and metal sea containers that are piled all over the coalition base.

Roughly half of the thousands of items are considered operationally critical or essential, including ammunition and vehicle parts.

Anything that is military-green or standard issue comes from a warehouse in Montreal.

Everything else is purchased as locally as possible, but still comes into Kandahar from a long list of countries across Europe and the Middle East.

Almost nothing can be purchased in Afghanistan, where there is little industry or mass manufacturing.

The task of maintaining an international supply chain that moves so much product into a war zone, then keeping track of it all on an international military base, is a monumental task.

Ward, originally from Kelowna, B.C., zips through dusty compounds and between storage containers on a lime-green mountain bike, a silver helmet replacing his floppy-brimmed hat. For his job, speed is essential.

"That's our only sanity right there," he says, pointing to a well worn foosball table in a packed warehouse. "I would challenge you to a round if we had more time."

Ward isn't alone in his job, with a team of supply technicians backing him up. They're responsible for placing orders, keeping track of inventory, finding out which Canadian forward operating bases are in need and making sure the finances of it all are accounted for.

While a 2008 auditor general's report found that the supply chain was consistent in getting supplies to Kandahar, shipments often missed the required delivery date.

The report also found problems with inventory-keeping, with more than $7 million worth of missing items. However, another $6.6 million in items not on the inventory were found.

Petty Officer Sue White, a supply technician from Halifax, says the current system is the quickest available.

"We try to get it here the fastest," she says. Her desk is covered in thick catalogues. "It's because we have the planes coming in, that's the only reason its on time. We luck out that way. If we relied on anything else, it would get here the same, but not nearly as fast."

A delivery from Canada, shipped through CFB Trenton, Ont., takes 10 to 20 days.

Once in Kandahar, some supplies are shipped along bomb-laden roads to forward operating bases across southern Afghanistan.

For some trips, that means contracting local drivers and their "jingle trucks," which are decorated with wind chimes, bells and bright paint.

Other supply runs are a mass of Canadian soldiers for force protection of a convoy. To haul the steel canisters, Canadians use massive armoured transport trucks, whose doors alone weigh 405 kilograms.

The Edmonton Journal

The 3 stages of man: 
He believes in Santa Claus. 
He doesn't believe in Santa Claus. 
He is Santa Claus.

What did Jack Frost say to Frosty the Snowman?
Have an ice day!

From: John M Philps, Bexhill on Sea
Sent: Saturday, December 12, 2009 5:36 AM
Subject: Season's Greetings

Hi Tony,

Many thanks for this years briefs, sterling work old boy, must have been that training you received back in 1963/65 in the 50th entry at Hereford!

Please pass on my best wishes for Christmas to all those that may remember me, let's hope that our troops have a quieter year during 2010.

Best Regards

John M Philps

What did one angel say to the other angel?
Halo there!

From: Jimmie Durkin, Stafford
Sent: Saturday, December 12, 2009 8:29 AM
Subject: Hostages?

Hello Tony

Thank you for the latest newsletter opened noon today. Great as ever!

The WW II slang article reminded me that in 1956 I was moved from Abyad (Suez Canal) to Khormaksar (Aden) to complete the balance of my overseas tour; along with others- having "evacuated Suez". On arrival at the Orderly Room we were issued with the normal, Blue, Arrivals chit along with another piece of card - I think it was yellow or khaki background with black text printed in Arabic and English. We were warned to carry this card (Goolie Chit) at all times as loss of same could be the difference between life or death. I cant remember my worth but all Ranks had a value in Maria Theresa Dollars. Depending on whether you were air or groundcrew, commissioned or non-commissioned and current rank, the higher the rank the more you were worth and I think aircrew were valued quite a bit extra to us ground wallahs!

I don't know if anyone had to use the chit whilst I was there 1956/57 but some time after I left, possibly during the Radfan campaign, I believe a team probably on Expedition or Experience Training including WRAF personnel were abducted and held "up country" for some time and were later recovered safely following negotiations with a local Sheik. I cant vouch for the truth of this information but there was some story that the party was UK based but were held long enough to qualify for the GSM with clasp Arabian Peninsular or Radfan? I'm pretty certain the RAF News had a story on the subject. I wonder if other OBA contacts can enlighten us further?

Finally, to Tony and family and all our members and family members plus all our non-members who enjoy the newsletter and who we look forward to their joining us; Wishing you A Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous and Healthy New Year.


What did one Christmas tree say to the other Christmas tree?
I really go fir you!

Hercules crews begin supplying troops in Afghanistan with air drops

Crews from RAF Lyneham are reverting to Second World War methods of resupplying troops on the front line in Afghanistan by air drops, helping to reduce the danger posed by roadside bombs.

Traditionally, the forward operating bases (FOBs), where front line British troops are located throughout Helmand province, have been restocked by road as air drops have been notoriously inaccurate.

But now stores, which include essential ration packs, are able to be thrown accurately out of the the back of a moving Hercules, helping to limit the danger to soldiers who resupply by land.

It's only now a viable option because of the introduction of a new computerised system that works out a precise time and location for the drop to begin.

Group Captain Terry Jones, Commanding Officer of Air Assets at Kandahar, explained the importance of the air drops, "If you drop by road, you put a convoy out for a long period where it's vulnerable to attack and where the vehicles can run over IEDs [improvised explosive devices] and that puts the people at risk.

"We can lower the burden on those patrols and reduce them to the minimum by making more use of air drops, where we can drop large numbers of supplies very close to the patrol bases and forward operating bases, precisely where the troops need them."

Air drops to resupply the front line were used as far back as the Second World War, but historically the vast majority of loads never landed where they should.

For that reason the FOBs in Afghanistan have been restocked by road.

Flight Lieutenant Gareth Burdett, Captain of a Hercules C-130 aircraft dropping the supplies, said, "The challenges with an air drop in Afghanistan have always been knowing what the wind is doing. Dropping stores in the way that we do is a bit like dropping a feather in a corner of a room with a fan blowing.

"But the kit that we have now enables us to find out accurately what the wind is doing, and therefore we can make sure that from where we release these stores the parachutes will all land in the correct position on the ground."

Because of the accuracy of the new system, the size of the area the soldiers have to clear of improvised explosive devices is greatly reduced. The accuracy with which the pallets fall into a drop zone also makes it easier for the troops to unpack them quickly and take the consignment back to the relative safety of the FOB.

Lieutenant Daniel Hurt, Second-in-Command of Forward Operating Base Edinburgh near Musa Qaleh, said, "We can secure the drop zone before, so we can make sure there are no IEDs or mines or anything there, and there's no insurgent activity. That way we are happy that it is safe and we're controlling the situation."

Speaking about a recent drop he said, "A group of twenty guys did that last night. Picking up a huge volume of stores in the freezing cold of the Afghanistan desert at night in December is not as easy as it sounds, but the troops lifting the boxes on the receiving end were pleased to get their fresh rations."

Watching the stores arrive, Captain James Horspool said:

"It was eerily quiet apart from the brief flutter of parachutes far overhead, followed by gentle 'thuds' as they hit the ground.

"They looked something like jellyfish floating down from the starry skies onto the desert plain

What did Santa say when his toys misbehaved?
Toys will be toys.

From: Ian Stacey, Chicago, IL
Sent: Saturday, December 12, 2009 11:42 AM
Subject: RAF Mystery Photo 121209 - From Ian Stacey

Hi Tony,

I do actually know somebody in this photo (apart from Chas Cormack, that is, who is in almost every other mystery photo you publish!) In the middle row in the middle (sixth from left) is Ian Pike who was on my team at Abingdon in 1965. He aquired the nickname of "Spike", but I will leave it up to Chas to reveal the reason for this.

Judging from the colour and length of Chas's hair I would have to guestimate the photo to be taken in the late 60's!

That's the best I can do for now - by the way, I just got back from the UK during which trip I met up with Mike Green - photo to follow when I have caught up with everything!

Merry Christmas to you from us in the Windy City where we are experiencing our first winter freeze ( Minus 17 Centigrade yesterday, but I suppose that is nothing to you brave souls in Canada!)


Ian Stacey

MT Driver
Not Known
Brian Murray
Clerk Sec
Clerk Sec
Clive Bishop
Chas Cormack
Terry Fell
Brian Ayling
Ian Pike
Bob Campbell
Joe Brett
Al McBride
Alan Kimber
Alan Potts
Wilf Burns
Terry Cox
Norman Fox
Alan Aston
Air Cdre
John Cleese
Bob Thorpe
Sqn Ldr
Dennis Micaleff

From: Charles Cormack, Lyneham
Date: 2009/12/13
Subject: Mystery photo

This was taken I believe in Sep/Oct 1974 as there are people on the front row who were both OC RAF Movements School so it may have been on their handover.

Back row L to R

1. MT driver 2.Cleaner 3. Not Known 4. Brian Murray 5. Jim Cunningham 6. Typist 7. Clerk Sec 8.Clerk Sec 9. Cleaner 10. Clive Bishop (very Young)

Middle Row

1.Chas Cormack 2.Terry Fell 3.Brian Ayling 4. Derek Pilkington 5. WO Heatherington 6.Ian Pike 7. Bob Cambell 8. Joe Brett 9. Al McBride 10. Alan Kimber 11. Alan Potts

Front Row

1.Wilf Burns 2.Terry Cox 3. Wg Cdr OC UKMAMS 4.Wg Cdr Norman Fox 5.Alan Aston 6. Air Cdre 7. DIM Harries 8. Gp Capt Bob Thorpe 9. Sqn Ldr 10. Dennis Micaleff

Once again I am not sure of the front row but I can put that down to age as it was over 35 years ago.


From: Charles Collier, Devizes
Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 3:24 PM
Subject: RAF Mystery Photo 121209

Tony, I do somewhere in the distant part of my memory recall a conference at the movements school where I think the future of TG 18(Movs) was discussed.

I note that Wg Cdr John Lambert was there and he looks about the age when he was either OC UKMAMS or Wg Cdr Movs HQ38 Gp in which case I worked for him at the two locations first as ops officer and then as Air Mov 1.



What did Santa shout to his toys on Christmas Eve?
Okay everyone, sack time!!

From: David Stevens, Bangor
Sent: Saturday, December 12, 2009 11:45 AM
Subject: RE: UKMAMS OBA OBB #121209

Just amazing Tony,

Every time I read an OBB I think they just cannot get any better. But, they do, and I'm sure many feel the same way.

I made it into the attic and I found my UKMAMS Log book - very 'Echo' team 1 Jan 1964 comprised me Plt. Off., Sgt O'Regan, Sgt Close, Cpl. Stockford and SAC Sullivan. Then came SAC 'Gibby' Gibson....... what a character.

Many team member changes followed - even I switched aftershave!! Two notables Charlie Cormack and Arthur Rowlands.

Plenty of incidents but whether I can drum up a story worth the telling and worth the reading by others is another matter....

Sigh, those were the days.

Seasons Greetings Tony

Best wishes


What did the grape say to the raisin?
'Tis the season to be jelly.

Axe falls on RAF base and 10,000 jobs

A Royal Air Force base will be closed and more than 10,000 jobs lost across the armed forces and Ministry of Defence under cost-cutting plans to be announced on Tuesday.

Bob Ainsworth, defence secretary, will cast the sacrifices – amounting to about £1.5bn over three years – as necessary steps to balance an overheated defence budget and shift resources to support the campaign in Afghanistan.

The package will include a reduction in the Tornado and Harrier fighter jet fleet and the closure of RAF Cottesmore after the remaining Harriers are consolidated in RAF Wittering. The ageing Nimrod MR2 reconnaissance aircraft will also be withdrawn early.

Some of the most significant longer-term savings are likely to come from a round of job cuts across Whitehall and the armed forces.

The MoD, which has significantly reduced its workforce over the past three years, is likely to bear the brunt of the losses, particularly in back-office functions.

Gordon Brown, prime minister, signed off on Monday on the package of cuts for the 2010 planning round, which have been the subject of fierce debate.

Mr Brown faced some calls to postpone the decisions until the Strategic Defence Review next year and pay for any support for Afghanistan through the Treasury reserve, which funds operations.

But the prime minister decided that cutting back on low priority projects was unavoidable in light of the £500m a year shortfall in the defence budget to 2012. The cost-saving measures will permit more additional spending on equipment for future Afghanistan-type operations to be paid for through the core defence budget.

This will include an order for 20 Chinook helicopters over the next five to 10 years, a new C-17 transport aircraft and a batch of new armoured vehicles.

Mr Brown unveiled to the Commons a new £150m package to tackle roadside bombs as he warned of “hard fighting ahead”.

He added that he had drawn “great confidence” from his weekend trip to Afghanistan.

The cuts package will broadly maintain the functional capabilities of the armed forces, leaving many of the most difficult and sensitive decisions to the defence review next year.

Whitehall officials said that a National Audit Office report released on Tuesday – showing a £36bn shortfall in the defence equipment budget if it is frozen to 2020 – in a way supported their actions by underlining the dismal state of the MoD finances.

In response to the investigation, the Conservatives attacked ministers for “shambolic” management of the equipment programme that was threatening Britain’s long-term security.

Liam Fox, shadow defence secretary, said: “We have now had a succession of reports describing disastrous project management and shocking incompetence with taxpayers’ money.”

“This constant failure to contain cost and keep to timetable means that taxpayers’ money is being wasted and our armed forces are being denied vital equipment,” he added.

The Financial Times

What do aliens say when they land in the North Pole?
Take me to your heater.

From: Charles Cormack, Lyneham
Sent: Monday, December 14, 2009 4:35 AM
Subject: Christmas Greetings


Please could you add my best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to all the Movers viewing your site.

This year I have managed to personally meet three guys who I have not seen for over 40 years and have just heard from Ian Stacey of another two who I have not seen since the Zambian oil lift who I am sure he will persuade to visit your excellent site.

None of us is getting any younger and I think the cameraderie of the Movers is outstanding. I would like to pass on best wishes to Peter King and hope that everything goes well for him in 2010.

Chas Cormack


What do angry mice send to each other at Christmas? 
Cross mouse cards.

From: Clive Price, Brecon
Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:46 AM
Subject: Season's Greetings

Taff Price UKMAMS
RAFAbingdon. 66-70.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all ex-Movers in the UK and out in the Colonies!

Now grey and grumpy. Can't hump and dump anymore, but at night I can still dream of driving a Condec like in the old days.

What do elves learn in school?
The Elf-abet!

From: Dave Milne, Wellington
Sent: Saturday, December 12, 2009 7:43 PM
Subject: Season's Greetings

I wish all fellow movers either away or at home a very merry Xmas and a safe New Year. I am sure I have a bucket load of photos somewhere.

Have A Safe One

Dave Milne

What do elves put on their candy canes?
Their tongues.

From: James Marchant, Carterton
Sent: Monday, December 14, 2009 2:59 PM
Subject: Christmas greetings


Season's greetings from Jim and Mary. Thanks for all your efforts this year.

What do penguins ride?

From: Dougie Betambeau, Swindon
Sent: Monday, December 14, 2009 6:05 PM
Subject: Season's Greetings

Warmest wishes to all serving and retired personnel worldwide for the festive season and a Happy New Year.

I won't post a foto as it might put you off your Xmas dinner? Suffice to say I`m still young looking!

Dougie B

What do the reindeer sing to Santa on his birthday? 
Freeze a jolly good fellow.

From: Kevin Stanger, Calgary, AB
Sent: Monday, December 14, 2009 10:49 PM
Subject: Merry Christmas from Calgary

Wishing all members of the OBA and their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year.

If you're in Calgary in July 2010 during Stampede, come on down to the "Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth" and I'll buy you a cold one.

Tony, thank you for all that you do to keep us all in touch.

Kev "Geordie" Stanger

What do you call a bunch of grandmasters of chess bragging about their games in a hotel lobby?
Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer!

From: Luanne MacKinney, Dartmouth, NS
Cc: Francois Bessette
Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:51 AM
Subject: picture ident?

Greetings Tony:

Ref: mystery photo CAF 121209, I do believe the Canadian MAMS person is now Master Warrant Officer (MWO) Francois Bessette.

Francois.....can you confirm this? The picture in question is third from the bottom of the web page.

Good movers web site.

Happy Holidays...

Luanne MacKinney

Correct Luanne - and welcome to the OBA!

From: Francois Besette, Montreal, QC
To: Luanne MacKinney
Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 12:22 PM
Subject: Re: picture ident?

Luanne, once again you are right my dear friend. The picture was taken during a push to get MBTs to theater during fall 08 in Kyrgyzstan.



From: Dave Jodoin, Lacolle, QC
Sent: Friday, December 11, 2009 5:56 PM
Subject: CAF Mystery Photo 121209

Looks to me the Cdn is none other than Frank From 4CFMCU.

Dave Jodoin

What do you call a cat on the beach at Christmastime? 
Sandy claws.

From: Charles Collier, Devizes
Sent: Saturday, December 12, 2009 3:07 PM
Subject: Holiday Greetings!


I wish all my fellow movers from the four corners of the world a very happy Christmas 2009 and a prosperous New Year in 2010.

Warm regards


What do you call a gigantic polar bear?
Nothing, you just run away!

From: John Holloway, Shrewsbury
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2009 3:46 AM
Subject: Season's Greetings

Hi Chaps

Here's wishing you all a very happy Xmas and New Year.

Tony it's been a terrific year on the Briefs with all the all the new lads and laddesses from Canada, Aussie and New Zealand joining us.



What do you call a penguin in the Sahara desert? 

From: Malcolm Porter, Upton-upon-Severn
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2009 3:56 AM
Subject: Re: Christmas Newsletter

I wish to take this opportunity to extend my very best seasonal wishes to the many wonderful people I had the pleasure of coming into contact with during my RAF Service.

None more so than Brian Kent who I first teamed up with at RAF Nicosia in the early 1960's. Since that time, Brian and I have stayed in touch, no matter where either of us have 'ventured' to. In my case, that has included the Rhodesian Air Force and the country's sanction busters followed by many, varied civil freight lines.

Then, having been 'Pressganged' into joining the great team at Kemble looking after Britannia XM496, I have had the chance to meet up again with Gerry Davies (ex NEAF MAMS) and with Chas Cormack, who has been very kind in awarding me with an accolade that I do not deserve. (There again I paid him enough!)

And of course to Tony Gale without whose efforts, we would be incapable of keeping in touch.

For 2010, my task on the Britannia is to attract Groups and Sponsorship and I DO hope that some of you reading this will get in touch with me (e-mail)

If you are REALLY lucky, I will have the Brit Freight Lift Platform ready for assembly at Kemble. In the meantime, I have a Hunter F9 needing urgent medical assistance near my home and of course, I am fighting for the preservation of the Conroy Guppy that continues to lie at Bournemouth.

Hopefully in 2010, I will compose an article for Tony on the Zambian Oil Lift - written from the perspective of the 'other side'.

May I extend my very best wishes to former 'old lads' Terry Titterington and Bob Turner.

Cheers all

Malcolm Porter
RAF Mover 1960-1972
Rhodesian Air Force Loadmaster

What do you call a snowman on roller blades?
Snow mobile.

From: Jacques Leclerc, St-Alexandre Kamouraska, QC
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2009 7:08 PM
Subject: Re: Christmas Newsletter

Tony you might like that, this is my dog (Labrador) when she was just a puppy.

Well I wish you a Very Merry Chritsmas and a happy New Year.

Jacques L

What do you call the bells on Santa's sleigh?
Kringle bells.

From: Peter Clayton, Wroughton
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2009 5:00 AM
Subject: Re: Christmas Newsletter


A Very Merry Christmas to you and yours and a big thank you for all the great newsletters again this year.

Greetings also to old friends and colleagues in Australia and Spain (you lucky people). A special greeting to all those members who may be away from home this Christmas, stay safe.

I remember some great Christmas's spent on 'Special Tasks' with UKMAMS, one in Gan and another in Hong Kong that I have mentioned in the past. Does anyone remember a night in the Kowloon Bowling Green Club, as guests of my late Father (Flit Clayton)? Those were better days of course and more sociable than work really but in this current climate it must be a whole lot different.

I bet the old MAMS spirit still prevails though, it would be good to hear how some of our current serving members spend their Christmas this year.

Greeetings to one and all and a very Happy New Year.


What do you do if Santa gets stuck in your chimney?
Pour Santa flush on him

From: Andy Zimmer, Haverfordwest
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2009 5:12 AM
Subject: Xmas wishes

Wishing all members a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Andy Zimmer and Family.

What do you get if you deep fry Santa Claus?
Crisp Kringle.

From: David Powell, Princes Risborough
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2009 11:00 AM
Subject: Christmas Newsletter - Greeting from the one of the old Buckers

Hi Tony, Boys and Girls

First, a big ‘thank-you’ to Tony for another year’s great Briefs, in fact, X-Large Briefs with all the photos.

Next, from this snow bound corner of the Buckinghamshire Chiltons (or should it be Chillytons? Bring back global warming!) a very happy Christmas to all readers, writers, partners and families, with an extra big ‘Hi’ to the ex-Abingdon and Gulf movers and shakers, and wishing you all a safe and wonderful 2010.

Finally, Tony said he wanted a photo. Although I took loads on our travels during the year, I didn’t take one of myself by accidentally pointing the Dimage X50 the wrong way. Anyway, my mug was in the Lyneham Big Bash rogues gallery. Instead, I enclose a photo from Locronan, a delightful Breton village just north of Quimper when Sue and I were enjoying France in September.

David Powell, F Team 67-69


What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?

From: Shawn Larson, Edmonton, AB
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2009 11:04 AM
Subject: RE: Christmas Newsletter

Cheers Tony,

Let’s raise a glass to friends and fellow movers around the world. Best wishes to members still serving, especially to those in faraway places and unable to be with their families during the Christmas holidays.

Take some time to remember the souls that have been lost over the past year and convey condolences to their loved ones.

Here’s hoping that the coming year brings nothing but good times and prosperity to all. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Shawn Larson

What do you get when you cross an archer with a gift-wrapper? 
Ribbon hood.

From: Allan Walker, Burnley
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2009 3:00 AM
Subject: Re: Christmas Newsletter

Hi Tony,

Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all ex UKMAMS Members wherever you are (As Bruce Forsyth says - "Kee-ee-ee-p Moving")

Thanks again to you for such sterling work in keeping the Newsletter going


What do you get if you cross Santa with a detective? 
Santa Clues.

From: Terry Mulqueen, Hastings
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2009 4:10 AM
Subject: Re: Christmas Newsletter

As I sit here gazing out onto the lovely white snow on my garden, I think of all my old mates near and far and the different views we once looked out on during our "travels".



Terry Mulqueen

What do you have in December that you don't have in any other month?
The letter "D".

From: Basil Hughes, Pattaya
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2009 4:11 AM
Subject: Re: Christmas Newsletter

Merry Christmas and every blessing for the new year to all -- I enclose a picture of my wife and myself.

Tony, a special merry Christmas to you and a big thankyou for all the work you do. I am still struggling with my web site so I know what is involved.

Basil H J Hughes Mams flight Abingdon

What goes Ho-Thud, Ho-Thud, Ho-Thud?
Santa Claus jumping rope.

Royal Air Force buying another C-17

LONG BEACH - The Royal Air Force on Thursday announced a roughly $250 million purchase of a Boeing C-17 as the company seeks to increase international orders amid a declining domestic market for the military super-transport.

The announcement by the Royal Air Force comes one day after the U.S. House of Representatives approved $2.5 billion for the purchase of 10 C-17s.

The RAF order will be delivered by December 2010, and Boeing has agreed to make space in the production line next year for the order by pushing a domestic order into 2011, said Boeing spokesman Jerry Drelling.

The new plane will be the United Kingdom's seventh C-17 and comes as Boeing seeks to increase international interest in the heavy airlift jet.

Boeing also said Thursday that they expect the United Arab Emirates will announce an order for three or four additional C-17s, Drelling said.

"We are thankful for the continued support of our domestic and international allies for this important aircraft," Drelling said.

Boeing is also in talks with the Indian Air Force to purchase 10 or more C-17s, which would push production of the Long Beach plant beyond its currently scheduled closure in 2012.
This year, Boeing built 16 C-17s for domestic and international clients, and expects to build 15 in 2010.

"The RAF has an urgent need for additional airlift capability," said Robin Philip, Head of Commercial Air Support, UK Ministry of Defence, in a media release. "We know firsthand the capabilities and reliability the C-17 brings to every mission, and that's why we're adding another one to our fleet."

With this order, Boeing has sold 18 C-17s to international allies that include the UK, Canada, Qatar, Australia and a NATO-led consortium based in eastern Europe.

Contra Costa Times

What happens when you drop a snowball into a glass of water?
It gets wet.

From: Mark Bird, North Rustico, PE
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2009 8:55 AM
Subject: Holiday Greetings

Seasons greetings to one and all, yes I still enjoy my food and drink.

This is from my birthday on the 11th of Dec this year.

Be safe and enjoy....

Turky Bird

What is a computer's favorite Christmas carol?
Array in a Manger.

From: Graham Flanagan, Stafford
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2009 10:05 AM
Subject: Christmas greetings to all


I would like to wish you and all members of the OBA the best for Christmas and the New Year.

All the best

Graham (Geordie) Flanagan

What is a skunk's favorite holiday song?
Jingle Smells.

From: Ian Stacey, Chicago, IL
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2009 11:10 AM
Subject: 2009 Reflections

Hi Tony,

I have been meaning to send this mail to you for a week now. First of all let me wish you A Happy Christmas and A Prosperous New Year and please also pass on my best wishes to all my old friends and colleagues who might be reading this.

I want also to thank you for such a great job that you have done with the website – it keeps getting better and better.

Thanks to the website I have been able to get in touch over the last year with two of my original team members from Abingdon days in 1965. - In February, I exchanged mails with Jim Jamieson who now lives in Hereford and just within the last few weeks I got in touch with Brian Dunn, retired from being a golf club manager and living near Cambridge. – You can actually see a photo of us all together (with Chas Cormack – who else?) in Zambia in 1966 on your website article on the oil lift. – It has been the first time that we have communicated and exchanged news in over forty years!

Also in the last year I have exchanged E Mails with Arthur Rowlands, Chas Cormack, Tony Mullen and Paul Crotty(last two on the same Equipment Officers Course as me in 1962)

Anyway, as I mentioned to you in my last E Mail, I was just over in the UK in November and Wendy and I took the opportunity to meet up with Mike Green and his wife, Pat. We actually met up for lunchtime drinks at one of the pubs that we used to frequent when we were at Abingdon. The pub is the Trout, which is on the river just outside Oxford and I have attached a photo.

All the best – Ian

What is black and white and green and black and white?
Two penguins fighting over a pickle.

From: Tony Street, Buffalo, NY
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2009 11:46 AM
Subject: Christmas Greetings

From a retired Mover/Loadie, come Merry Christmas and Happy New Year wishes to all the Old Bods out there. Also to the potential "Old Bods" who are still serving, and especially those who cannot be home for the holidays.

All the best!

Tony Street

What is claustrophobia?
Fear of Santa.

From: Chris Clarke, Burlington, ON
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2009 12:04 PM
Subject: RE: Christmas Newsletter

Ok Tony!

A very Merry Christmas to all Movers serving and those of us who were lucky enough to be Movers.

Being a professional Mover is something that will never leave any of us. The camaraderie, shared burdens and shared joy are the hallmarks of our messing about with chains on kites in various nice bits and not so nice bits of the planet.

Swift to Move.

Chris J Clarke

What is Santa's favorite breakfast cereal?
Frosted Flakes

From: Brian Kent, Carterton
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2009 4:22 AM
Subject: Christmas Msg

Hi Tony,

A very Merry Christmas and Good Wishes for the New Year to all Movers who I met during 30 odd years, 15 postings with great memories.

Brian Kent.

What is Frosty's favorite breakfast cereal?
Snow Flakes

From: Keri Eynon, Newbury
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2009 5:20 AM
Subject: Re: Christmas Newsletter

Thanks for the wonderful newsletter; it keeps me up to date with things and brings back so many memories.

A blessed, peaceful and merry Christmas to everyone in the UKMAMS OBA and best wishes for 2010.

Remembering especially those who have sadly lost loved ones this year.

Best wishes

Keri (Taff) Eynon


From: Fred Hebb, Gold River, NS
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2009 7:28 AM
Subject: Merry Christmas

To all Movers far and wide, MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR.

A very special wish to those serving our respective countries where ever you may be, may god bless you and keep you from harm.

Fred Hebb
Retired CAF

What nationality is Santa Claus?
North Polish.

Current aircraft statistics:


What's the most popular wine at Christmas?
"Do I have to eat my Brussel sprouts?"

From: David Howley, Melton Mowbray
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2009 10:31 AM
Subject: RE: UKMAMS OBA - Xmas Greetings

Hi Tony,

I hope all is well with you and yours. No doubt you have heard of the chaos in the UK with the snow – apart from ice, here in the Vale, we have escaped any significant falls other than a light dusting. I would think it is a bit more significant where you are

For the RAF movers a bit of nostalgia or is it “shades from the past”.

Britannia Freight Lift Platform - somewhat posed – note the Officer supervising!
“Which lever do I pull to get this damn thing level?”
1974 Akrotiri, Cyprus - offloading relief supplies during the Turkish invasion

Anyway, could you include Christmas Greetings to all Movers, wishing them the very Best for Christmas and the New Year.

Regards to all,


Where do you go to get holly for Christmas?
The Holly-land.

Boeing Delivers 1st Mk3 Chinook to UK Royal Air Force

LONDON, Dec. 18, 2009 -- Boeing Defence UK Ltd., a subsidiary of The Boeing Company, today confirmed the Nov. 30 delivery of the first converted Chinook Mk3 helicopter to the Royal Air Force (RAF). Following the early delivery, the RAF declared Initial Operational Capability for Chinook Mk3, enabling the aircraft to begin supporting operational needs in locations such as Afghanistan.

A team led by Boeing's UK Rotorcraft Support business converted the aircraft to a cockpit standard coherent with the rest of the UK Chinook fleet and also installed several modifications to increase the aircraft's capability.

"This is a welcome addition to the fleet," said Group Capt. Steve Shell, RAF Chinook Force Commander, who took delivery of the aircraft. "The Mk3s will help strengthen our current fleet support both at home and abroad."

A total of eight UK Chinooks will be converted to the fleet standard -- the remaining seven are on schedule for delivery this month and in 2010.

"These Chinook Mk3 helicopters will significantly increase the RAF's heavy-lift capability and help support demanding operational needs in Afghanistan," said David Pitchforth, managing director, Boeing UK Rotorcraft Support. "This conversion is a team effort empowered by the RAF and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) working together with industry prime contractors Boeing and AgustaWestland, and supported by key supply chain partners QinetiQ and GE Aviation Systems."

The Boeing-led industrial alliance completed the Mk3 conversion at the MOD's Boscombe Down facility.

In a concurrent effort to the Mk3 conversion, Boeing, with key supplier Vector Aerospace and in cooperation with the MOD, has increased the availability of the current forward Chinook fleet in Afghanistan. This has been achieved through improvements to the UK Chinook Through Life Customer Support (TLCS) contract. The eight Chinook Mk3s will be added to the TLCS program.

"Current operations in Afghanistan are reliant on the Chinook fleet as the backbone of tactical mobility," said Mike Kurth, managing director, Boeing Defence UK. "Delivery of the Mk3s will increase that capability and provide additional aircraft in theater."

A wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company and a business unit of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, Boeing Defence UK Ltd. currently has employees at 20 locations throughout the UK supporting Ministry of Defence and U.S. military programs. UK Rotorcraft Support, a division of Boeing's Global Services & Support business, is focused on providing increased capability to the UK's rotorcraft fleet.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $32 billion business with 70,000 employees worldwide.

Boeing Product Design & Development

Where is the best place to put your Christmas tree?
After your Christmas one and your Christmas two.

From: Don Stewart, Lincoln
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2009 4:10 AM
Subject: Christmas Greetings

Its very Christmasy here in Lincoln at the moment, snowy outside and sparkly inside and Im finished at work until Boxing Day so it doesn't get much better than this.

A Happy Christmas and a Healthy and prosperous New Year to you all!


Who delivers presents to baby sharks at Christmas? 
Santa Jaws.

From: Derek Barron, Calne
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2009 11:03 AM
Subject: Re: Christmas Newsletter


As I sit in the comfort and safety of my home, looking forward to Xmas with my family around me, my thoughts are ever with the boys and girls of all the Armed Forces who are not in such a "cosy" situation.

From me and the Barron clan I wish you all a happy and safe Xmas and come home safely. I prefer to see you parade proudly through your home town rather than through Wootton Bassett!!

Your efforts and sacrifices are appreciated, and I will drink a toast to you all on the day.


Best regards to you and your Family, Tony

Derek Barron

Why did Santa Claus take his Christmas tree to the dentist?
To get a root canal.

Airline collapse grounds Brize Norton-Falklands link

The collapse of Scottish airline Flyglobespan will affect flights between RAF Brize Norton and the Falkland Islands, it emerged today.

The company had operated twice-weekly charter flights between the west Oxfordshire RAF base and the British territory in the South Atlantic for the Ministry of Defence since winning a four-year contract last year.

But the flights were grounded after the airline went into administration yesterday, sparking fears that islanders and military personnel will be unable to travel over the festive period.

The flights from RAF Brize Norton call at the RAF airfield at Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean to refuel en route to and from the Falklands.

The aircraft carried up to 184 civilian and government passengers on each flight, as well as freight.

The service was the only air link to the islands except for a service operated by Chilean airline Lan, from the South American country's capital Santiago.

Flyglobespan cabin crews are reportedly stranded in the Falklands and on Ascension Island.

A spokesman for the MoD said: "We're aware that Flyglobespan has gone into administration and we're currently assessing the wider impact on MoD business."

When it was announced in October last year, the contract was described as the "most economical advantageous solution" to the MoD's passenger, aero-medical and freight requirements.

Oxford Mail

Why did Santa spell Christmas N-O-E? 
Because the angel had said,"No L!

From: Ian Berry, West Swindon
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2009 8:44 AM
Subject: Christmas Newsletter

Hi Tony,

To all my good friends and 'Movers' I have met over the years I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

To all those still serving and out on 'Ops' at the moment - Stay Safe...

Ian Berry

Why did the gingerbread man go to the doctor?
He was feeling crummy.

WWII Era Glossary of RAF Slang & Terminology - (M to R)_______

M & V
Tinned Meat and Vegetable Stew
Mediterranean Allied Air Force
Mae West
inflatable life vest worn over flying suit (thus called because when inflated it made one look like the "pigeon breasted" movie star).
Mahogany Spitfire

a desk "flown" by "penguins" and "ground wallahs".

Mediterranean Allied Strategic Air Force

Medium Capacity Bomb as in "500 lb. MC".

standard anti-malarial drug of the day

the place assigned for the ranks, NCO's and Officers to eat or relax. These were separated and there was a protocol as to who could enter who's mess.

Meteorology Officer or weather report
Missing in action
Mickey Mouse

a bombing panel that consisted of a clockwork distributor and selection switches (sort of like a Mickey Mouse watch).

Royal Air Force
Motorized Transport

Mediterranean Theatre of Operations.

Maintenance Unit. An airfield where aircraft were taken to be repaired when the work could not be done on the squadron

Navy, Army, Air Force Institute. An organization which attempted to bring comforts to the crews (tea and buns, cigarettes etc.) to raise morale.

noncommissioned Officer - in the RAF this meant Sergeant or Flight Sergeant
propaganda leaflets
all purpose nickname for anyone called "Clark" or "Clarke". Originally "clarks" (now almost universally spelled "clerks", but in the U.K. often pronounced "clarks") wore top hats as a sign of their trade. The gentry or "nobs" also wore top hats and thus the clarks came by the name "nobby" because of their "posh" hats.
Odd bod
crew member who had lost his crew or who had fallen behind the rest of his crew in number of operational trips and who flew as a "spare" with another crew
Old lag
experienced airman
Old Man, the
the Squadron C/O
On the beam

some stations (but not many in Italy) were equipped with a landing beam which told the pilot he was on the correct glide slope for landing. If he flew too high he would hear a series of morse dots and if too low a series of morse dashes. The idea was to keep a steady tone in one's earphones. This system also showed up in some aircraft as a set of lights showing that one was on the correct beam or too high or low. Also used for flying on a navigation beam such as Gee or Oboe. The phrase was generally applied to being on the right course of action about nearly anything, as in "I think the Wingco's on the beam about not flying over the Alps again." 


operation - an attack on the enemy (USAAF term - "mission").

Operational Summary - prepared by the Intelligence Officer from debriefing notes recording the results of an operation
Vitamin C tablets
Operational Record Book. The official account of operations flown by the squadron
Operational Tour Expired. What a crew was after completing 40 operations
Operational Training Unit
Overload tanks
extra fuel tanks required when the Wellington was operated at its extreme range. Two could be fitted in the bomb bays and one could be fitted on the rest cot in the fuselage
Pack up, to
to break down, as in "My port engine packed up coming out of the target area".
Packet, to catch a
to be on the receiving end of offensive fire, as in "I heard Nobby caught a packet over Verona last night".
term for ground officers with no operational experience - a bird with wings that can't fly
to bomb heavily and accurately
cheap Italian wine, also "AC plonk" (AC 2 was the lowest rank in the R.A.F.).
Australian term for the British. Also "Pommy" used as in "What a typical Pommy cockup".
the left side of an aircraft as seen from pilots seat
orders sending a crewman to another station or responsibility
to crash an a/c or to hit a target well
Press on regardless
unofficial motto of RAF, meant to show "keenness" to fly through adversity to the target - often stupid advice. Many men died "pressing on regardless" of severe icing and "duff" engines and died because of it. Often used in an ironic way to show resignation to keeping on with a task no matter how ridiculous or unpleasant. Also used as an expression to "buck up" those who were depressed about something
Prune, Pilot Officer
a fictional officer in the R.A.F. training manuals who demonstrated all of the things that could go wrong if procedures were not followed correctly
Perforated or Pierced Steel Planking (also called Marsden Matting) - steel mats used on newly created airfields to hold the weight of aircraft, used as taxiways, hardstandings, and runways
genuine, as in "pukka gen".
cockpit of aircraft, also "office".
a flashing light which signaled a Morse Code letter in order to assist navigation
Prisoner of War. US term - P.O.W.
Queen Mary
an articulated "semi" trailer used to transport aircraft or aircraft parts by ground to M.U.'s for service or refurbishment
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve - members of the RAF for the duration of the hostilities
ground crew responsible for airframe (special areas might include "instrument basher" and "sparks" to look after instruments and electrical systems).
Roddie or rodded bombs
bomb fitted with a rod in the nose so that it would explode above the ground - used in antipersonnel ops
uncomplimentary adjective "A ropey landing", "A ropey type", "A ropey evening", etc
one cartridge of .303 ammunition. Ammunition was measured in number of rounds carried

to test engines for magneto drop before taking off - also the route taken into the target area before the bomb dropping point was reached.

to be continued...

Why does Santa have 3 gardens?
So he can ho-ho-ho.

Air Force Boeing Completes Antarctica Trial Flight

A Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757 has completed a successful maiden trial flight to Antarctica.

The recently upgraded Boeing 757-200 left Christchurch on Wednesday 16 December at 11.30am, arriving at McMurdo Station just before 4.00pm New Zealand time.

After refuelling on the ice runway at Pegasus Airfield, McMurdo Station, the aircraft returned to Christchurch arriving around midnight. Mission Commander, Squadron Leader Richard Beaton said the work done in the lead-up to the flight meant it had all gone smoothly.

“There was a lot of planning involved around the various operational, technical, and logistical issues before the flight could get underway.”

Air Component Commander, Air Commodore Steve Moore said the modernisation of the navigation system, as part of the Boeings’ recent upgrade, removed many of the limitations of the aircraft to operate into the high latitudes of McMurdo.

“With the upgraded Boeings we were able to look more closely at a trial flight to Antarctica.

“The aim of the flight was to look at the suitability of the B757 to carry passengers to McMurdo, and the availability and suitability of passenger handling facilities, ground support equipment, and engineering support equipment required in the event the aircraft requires any maintenance,” said Air Commodore Moore.

Currently, the New Zealand Defence Force operates around 12 C-130 Hercules flights to McMurdo Station each year during the Antarctic summer months between October and April

“Depending on the outcomes of the trial flight, it could be that the B757 would be a more efficient and effective way of transporting passengers than the C-130 Hercules or United States Air Force C-17, enabling these aircraft to be more effectively utilised to carry cargo.

“The next stage will be the post-trial flight analysis, so any further flights will still be quite some time away,” said Air Commodore Moore.

Background notes:

The Air Force’s two Boeing 757 200 aircraft are operated by No. 40 Squadron, RNZAF

Power plant: 2 x Rolls Royce RB211535E4/4B turbofans
Length: 47.32m
Wingspan: 38.05m
Height: 13.56m
Basic weight: 57,180kgs
Gross weight: 115,680kgs
Max payload: 22,460 kgs
Max fuel: 43,490L
Range: 4000 nm (7400 km)
Cruising speed: Mach 0.8 (850km/h at 10,675m)

Scoop Independent News

Why was Santa's little helper depressed?
Because he had low elf esteem

From: Victor Smith, Amberley, Qld
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2009 9:09 PM
Subject: Re: Christmas Newsletter


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and all readers.

Here I am in East Timor. Sitting waiting for the next aircraft reading the NT News courteously provided by the crew of the daily Air North shuttle from Darwin.

Vic Smith
Reserve Air Load Team
No 1 Airfield Operational Support Squadron (No 1AOSS)
Amberley Detachment

Why does Scrooge love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?
Because every buck is dear to him.

From: Andy Kay, Stafford, VA
Date: 17 December 2009 15:48
Subject: Season's Greetings

Just wanted to pass on my best wishes to everyone with the UKMAMS Old Bods Association for a very merry Christmas and an incredibly happy (and safe) New Year.

For Tony, I hope that Santa brings him something really good for the work that he does on the site. It never fails to make me smile and always brings back some memories (mostly good!).

As ordered I have included a picture, and it's what I want for Christmas although I am fairly certain I won't get it (my wife barely tolerates the two-wheeled transport I have now).

As Charles Dickens put it: "God bless us, every one!"

Andy Kay

Why is it so cold on Christmas?
Because it's in Decembrrrrrrrrrr!

From: Len Bowen, Chisholm, ACT
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2009 11:35 PM
Subject: RE: Christmas Newsletter

Tony, a couple or three from the archives :

‘Tony Curtis’. 34 Sqn Sgt AQM. Killed in the crash of ‘150’ in Dec 1967 ----
but in this case wrestling with a stubborn beer can on the crew bus on the
way into the hotel in Calcutta in March 1967 when we were en-route to
Kathmandu on a Ghurkha relief task. A a great bloke, the consummate
professional AQM -------- and a good personal mate. Vale Tony.

‘Hot Load’. Stan Harding and myself getting back to Seletar after a weekend’s
jungle hike in the Kota Tingi Jungle Warfare School area. 7 Jun 1967.
We must have been mad!!!

‘Christmas at Salalah’. George the camel pulled the honey wagon which
emptied the toilets, but was invited into the Officers’ Mess on Christmas
Day 1957. Don’t blame me; I was only 13.
‘FEAF MAMS’. It pays to advertise. My team on
Terengganu beach after closing down RAF Gong Kedah

Will try to find a few more tomorrow.

Len Bowen

Why is Christmas just like a day at the office?
You do all the work and the fat guy with the suit gets all the credit.

From: Gerry Davis, Bedminster
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2009 10:44 AM
Subject: Re: Christmas Good Wishes

Christmas Greetings to you Tony,

“Gosh” some of us Old Bods hold no fears for the passing of all those years, which seem to have gone like our hair and waistlines, but it’s the pastimes that stand out now, so raise your glasses to times gone by.

I salute you all.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year

Gerry Davis







That's it for this issue & this year.

Have a wonderful holiday!