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August 23rd, 2009, 15:22
Remember, these questions were composed between 1940 and 1945.


421 What is the skin of the ship?

422 A Hellcat is-

a dive-bomber
b fighter
c reconnaissance aircraft
d a torpedo-bomber?

423 Why is a sailor called a "tar" (by some people who don't know better)?

424 If a seaman was reported to be "three sheets to the wind", in what condition would you expect to find him?

425 What is the difference in saying "lend a hand" and "bear a hand"?

426 What was the origin of the Wardroom.

427 What is meant by "between wind and water"?

428 What was "Jamaica discipline"?

429 What was the origin of the word "starboard"?

430 Is an officer of the Fleet Air Arm eligible for the D.F.C.?

Answers next Sunday.

regards Collin:ernae:

August 24th, 2009, 01:47
422. b and c, there were fighter reconnaisance variants used in the Far East:kilroy:

430. I believe this is a contentious issue because several FAA pilots were awarded the DFC during the Battle of Britain, and indeed later in the war.
However the Naval equivalent is the DSC, and I have read accounts of the DFC ribbon having to be replaced with that of the DSC once the FAA member returned to Naval service.. I'm most interested in the official answer on this!

August 30th, 2009, 14:53
424 drunk

429 from old English - side the vessel is steered from.

August 30th, 2009, 15:02

421 The outer planking or plating.

422 A fighter.

423 From the old sea custom of tarring clothes to make them waterproof.

424 Very drunk.

425 The first is a request, the second an order.

426 It was the compartment below the great cabin of the eighteenth century ships, known as the Wardrobe, for the storage of valuable articles taken from prizes. When it was empty officers met there for recreation and meals, and later it became used exclusively as a messroom.

427 That part of the ship just below the waterline which becomes exposed when she rolls.

428 The regulations covering the division of booty in pirate ships of the 18th century.

429 Steerboard, where the steering gear was kept, on the right side of the ship.

430 Yes, when flying in an R.A.F. Command.

regards Collin:ernae: