SIGNATURES and AVATARS

Discussion in 'The Barracks' started by CTNana, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. Gnomey

    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor

    My quotes are self explanatory (as in a way is my avatar). The picture and the other text are just some of the other forums I am a part of on the web...
     
  2. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Spidge,

    Are Guadalcanal and New Guinea as miserable as described by accounts of the area? I am speaking of heat, humidity, biting insects, etc?

    To a 1940's invading army especially those from a cooler climate it would be most inhospitable.

    The heat and humidity is overpowering, the insects are annoying and dangerous especially around the swampy areas. The medical inefficiencies at those times were not able to cope.

    There was also the cold meals, inabilty to bathe etc compiled with wounds, scratches etc.

    All the allied troops (americans as well) in these areas were supplied with Australian made Penicillin from Dec-Jan 1943/4 after the Australian, Howard Florey and the British/German, Ernst Chain, discovered the process to manufacture this life giving anti biotic.
     
  3. CTNana

    CTNana Member Patron

    Hope this hasn't bored anyone. I have found it really interesting so far. Really wish I had asked about screen names too. Which brings me to ....

    Gnomey (!!!! nearly as bad as CTNana), what do the words under name and over your cap mean?

    CTNana
     
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  5. Gnomey

    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor

    CTNana
    Look at this link for explaination on Gnomey's motto.
    Per ardua ad astra | NZETC

    Yep, it is the motto of the Royal Air Force.
     
  6. CTNana

    CTNana Member Patron

    Thanks Owen, you are a mine of information!

    Dare I ask the significance of "The Moose" under your name?
    CTNana
     
  7. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Goes back to first visit to Vancouver in 1991. Bought a fluffy Moosehead cap which I wore around the pubs and bars getting lots of comments. Calls of "Hey, MOOSE!" across the road. And "Gee you ain't a Canadian are yer, eh?"
    Wore it back at work for a laugh and name stuck.
    Next visits to Canada kept buying Moose related items, including a birchbark moosecall.
    On our wedding cake Mrs D made the bride and groom with the groom having a moosehead too.
     
  8. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    On our wedding cake Mrs D made the bride and groom with the groom having a moosehead too.

    [pedant mode]Surely she wasn't 'Mrs D' when she made the cake? [/pedant mde]

    Though I don't really know what bohemian rituals the people of Wiltshire observe... so who knows...:unsure:
     
  9. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    [pedant mode]Surely she wasn't 'Mrs D' when she made the cake? [/pedant mde]


    Glad you paying attention. I thought about that but thought no-one would notice.
    OK then,
    The FUTURE Mrs D made a groom with a moosehead for our wedding cake.
     
  10. CTNana

    CTNana Member Patron

    ... including a birchbark moosecall..

    A what?

    My schoolgirl Latin got "For hard work, to the sky" - bit rusty then!

    Cheers
    CTNana
     
  11. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  12. CTNana

    CTNana Member Patron

    What can I say - have many moose replied?

    $90.00 circa £60.00? That's nearly a pair of shoes!!!!

    CTNana
     
  13. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Mine didn't cost that much.
    Got mine years ago, I think it is out in the kids playhouse now.
     
  14. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Mine didn't cost that much.
    Got mine years ago, I think it is out in the kids playhouse now.

    Kids use it for a dad call!:smile:
     
  15. My signature (and occassional avatar - though it's currently two Ansons making a baby Anson!) is Squadron Leader Mahinder Singh Pujji who flew in Euope and North Africa (one of the handful of Indian pilots who joined the RAF) as a fighter and fighter-bomber pilot (with 2 kills) during 1941 and 1942. He then transferred to the Indian Air Force and flew first on the NW Frontier before becoming a ground attack and recon pilot in Burma. He ended up doing at least three tours of duty and was awarded the DFC for his low-level recon work over the jungles of Burma in 1945.

    After the war he became an airline pilot and now lives in Britain. A person who I've come to admire more and more as I read about him. I would love to meet him one day but I believe he is very frail now (well into his 80s).

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    hi kyt,
    i never knew about any indians serving in the RAF before. its really cool to find out that there were actually indian pilots there. do you have any more info about the other pilots. cheers mate.

    ps - since this thread is about avatars, might as well explain mine. its a painting of a spit shooting down a bf-109 that i happened to find while browsing for some wallpaper. nothing significant to it really. just to illustrate my nerdiness for planes
     
  16. Kitty

    Kitty Very Senior Member

    CT, the RAF motto of 'Per Ardua Ad Astra' translates to 'Above Me The Stars'. I think. Can't recall the motto for Fighter Command, but the Motto for Bomber Command was 'Strike Hard, Strike Sure'. Or was it Strike Fast Strike Sure? Very rusty memory which has been destroyed by uni. Forgive me.
     
  17. Kyt

    Kyt Very Senior Member

    Fighter Commands motto was Offence Defence
    Bomber Command as Kitty stated
    Coastal Command was Constant Endeavour
     
  18. Kyt

    Kyt Very Senior Member

    hi kyt,
    i never knew about any indians serving in the RAF before. its really cool to find out that there were actually indian pilots there. do you have any more info about the other pilots. cheers mate.

    Have a look at:

    The Indian Air Force in World War Two - A Pictorial History

    And not just Indians:
    World War Two - Pilot Officer John Henry Smythe (1915-1996)
    World War Two - Flight Lieutenant Cyril Talalla and Warrant Officer Henry Talalla
    World War Two - Pilot Officer Vincent Bunting
    World War Two - Flight Lieutenant Cy Grant
    and many more
     
  19. Kitty

    Kitty Very Senior Member

    Cheers Kyt. Want a job as my memory? Wage is 5p a week.
     
  20. Kyt

    Kyt Very Senior Member

    You'll probably forget to pay.............err, hold one, yes I would. I'll remind you that you agreed £100 a week.
     

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