Saturday, 17 January 2009

Organising a Reunion for 2010

Rich Martin (Turner) and David (Spike) Ball have been talking about organising a 139 Entry 25th year? reunion in 2010. The thinking is that if we have a year to do it, then we have no excuse for not making it happen!

It may coincide with the RAFHAA 10th Triennial Reunion in 2010, which seems like a good idea. We could perhaps arrange to go back to Eagle Block and stay in the same rooms! ;-)

If you'd like to help or encourage them, please contact me for their email addresses. Otherwise, please at least join our 139 email list so that we can keep you updated on progress.

Many thanks.

(btw, I'm not posting personal email addresses on this site for privacy and to prevent spam mail, please check the Contact Us for how to get in touch with me or other 139's).

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Named and Shamed

Inspired by Rich Martin's email . . .

Remember the nicknames we gave our instructors and other full time Halton staff (and places)? I remember a lot of them but now wonder whether they're libelous or offensive! And those nicknames we gave each other - often cruel and immature (which passes for humour when you are 18, perhaps not at 40+).

Some of the more innocent recollections, I'll have to dig out some of the surnames:
  • Cpl 'Buckle-me' Ackerly
  • Sgt Welford (forgot his nickname but it was something to do with his tall stories of having done everything)
  • Cpl 'Dingle' Ingolotti (also famous for gasping "put those cherries back where you found them" after we'd raided the tree next to Henderson Mess) (admin)
  • Flt Lt 'Touche Turtle' wassisname (admin)
  • Sgt 'DI' Reagan (admin)
  • Who was the trades Sgt we called 'Chunky'?
  • Joe 'Old Bloke' Doak (civvy instructor on aerodynamics)
  • Sgt 'Tools-in' Lockhart (airfield)
  • Who was the SWO at that time? Hyman? Gee he was a hard case all Forces swagger with a pressed peak hat and pacing stick under his arm! Once shouted across the road at me for not saluting an officer, "I'll rip your arm off and ram it down your throat soggy end first!"
  • Wing Cdr "I'm the Queen" wassisname (head of the Appo Wing)
  • Cpl 'Bungle' wassisname (PTI)
  • 'Dr Snuggles' (Old Civvy Instructor with white hair).
  • 'Basil (Faulty)' "Morning Kiddiwinks!" (should remember his proper name) Civvy Instructor in maths - looked and sounded like the great man himself.
  • Sqn Ldr 'Looby Lou' Escott who taught RAF History.
  • 'Sweaty Betty' who taught materials?

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Join our email group/list!

I've setup a free mail list service at GoogleGroups. The idea is that there is one email address which any (139) subscriber can send to and all other subscribers will receive it and be able to respond.

This will be useful for me (and other 139's) to be able to contact the group with a single email, useful for us to make announcements and vital if we decide to start planning a reunion (as is already being mooted for 2010). I also send a message out whenever make any changes to the website.

Joining is easy - just enter your email address into the box below and send it off. All new subscriptions are put on hold for approval (to keep out the great unwashed). Once I approve it, you'll be on the list and able to receive and send mail to the group.

Join the 139 Entry eMail List
(members only)


Visit this group
Not all 139s are on the group at this time. We are in touch with about 30-odd folks as of May 2009 and slowly growing in number.

To send an email to all subscribers, you then send your email to

I don't expect more than a few emails per year (unless we actually start planning something).

Any problems, please contact me thru the Contact Us page.