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Marham Wg C/Sign "Bulkhead" (ModeS BLKHD etc)

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Marham Wg C/Sign "Bulkhead" (ModeS BLKHD etc)

Post by TombsRIP » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:10 am

Does anyone know if callsign "Bulkhead" is actually allocated to one of the based sqns or in generic use within the Wing, please?

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Re: Marham Wg C/Sign "Bulkhead" (ModeS BLKHD etc)

Post by Blackcat1 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:21 am

Allocated to IX Squadron
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Re: Marham Wg C/Sign "Bulkhead" (ModeS BLKHD etc)

Post by TombsRIP » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:37 am

Thanks for that Gareth.

I've also seen Deathray & Bugatti in use on Modes, any offers please for these two?

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Re: Marham Wg C/Sign "Bulkhead" (ModeS BLKHD etc)

Post by Blackcat1 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:42 am

Not sure to be honest, what types?
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Re: Marham Wg C/Sign "Bulkhead" (ModeS BLKHD etc)

Post by TombsRIP » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:41 pm

Sorry, also tonkas

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Re: Marham Wg C/Sign "Bulkhead" (ModeS BLKHD etc)

Post by Blackcat1 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:56 pm

I think Deathray were either 2 or 13 Sqdn can't remember which think it was 13.
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Re: Marham Wg C/Sign "Bulkhead" (ModeS BLKHD etc)

Post by Vulcanone » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:02 pm

Presumably Bulkhead is reference to the Sqns attack on the Tirpitz and the fact they used to fight over a part of the bulkhead with 617....

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Post by Blackcat1 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:53 pm

Yes correct Vulcanone
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Re: Marham Wg C/Sign "Bulkhead" (ModeS BLKHD etc)

Post by Blackcat1 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:55 pm

31 Squadron occasionally use the call sign PRIMUS & INDICUM after their Latin motto

In Caelum Indicum Primus (First into Indian Skies)
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Re: Marham Wg C/Sign "Bulkhead" (ModeS BLKHD etc)

Post by Gary » Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:13 pm

IX(B) started using Bulkhead more regularly after the 65th anniversary (12/11/2009) bombing comp at Wainfleet, which was won by 617 Sqn or the Dim B*stered as IX(B) and others nicknamed them. Also when they lost use of Batman

Deathray was/ is? II(AC) Sqn call sign, they started using it during their war week back in 2012 building up for Op Herrick

Can't say I've ever heard Bugatti

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Re: Marham Wg C/Sign "Bulkhead" (ModeS BLKHD etc)

Post by Blackcat1 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:59 pm

Why did they lose Batman? Was it due that executive jet company using it?
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Re: Marham Wg C/Sign "Bulkhead" (ModeS BLKHD etc)

Post by EGVP » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:30 pm

Yep. ICAO registered callsigns trump national military callsign lists.

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Re: Marham Wg C/Sign "Bulkhead" (ModeS BLKHD etc)

Post by Blackcat1 » Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:49 am

Just not fair!! Lol I liked hearing Batman :-)
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Re: Marham Wg C/Sign "Bulkhead" (ModeS BLKHD etc)

Post by TombsRIP » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:09 am

Thanks All. Interesting thread.

I always thought it was Bat that IX(B) used.

But I recall their hangar pre CMU/ATTAC days was referred to as "Gotham city" so Batman would make sense. But all this was spawned from Bat on Sqn emblem anyway.

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Post by Blackcat1 » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:19 am

They did use Vampire too but that's an exec company callsign! Just not good enough lol
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Re: Marham Wg C/Sign "Bulkhead" (ModeS BLKHD etc)

Post by Gary » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:22 am

IX(B) Ops building was referred to as Gotham, not sure if that's still the same since they relocated with the other squadrons to the Southern HAS complex

http://www.airsceneuk.org.uk/hangar/200 ... 9sqn90.htm
http://www.9sqn.co.uk/image-gallery/arc ... 6-reunion/

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Re: Marham Wg C/Sign "Bulkhead" (ModeS BLKHD etc)

Post by TombsRIP » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:28 am

Blackcat1 wrote:They did use Vampire too but that's an exec company callsign! Just not good enough lol
I think II(AC) also used the Vampire callsign.

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Re: Marham Wg C/Sign "Bulkhead" (ModeS BLKHD etc)

Post by Gary » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:42 am

II(AC) only started using Vampire when they transitioned to Typhoon

II(AC) used in the latter time at Marham

Deathray (Started using in 2012)
Spartan
Chieftain (They used to have a Chieftain tank near their Ops building at Marham a nod to the Army Cooperation heritage)
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Re: Marham Wg C/Sign "Bulkhead" (ModeS BLKHD etc)

Post by Motley » Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:43 pm

Gary wrote:IX(B) Ops building was referred to as Gotham, not sure if that's still the same since they relocated with the other squadrons to the Southern HAS complex

http://www.airsceneuk.org.uk/hangar/200 ... 9sqn90.htm
http://www.9sqn.co.uk/image-gallery/arc ... 6-reunion/

One of the squadron pilots told me during a tour the squadron called the HAS caves carrying on the theme
The ops building doesnt have any signs saying Gotham on the new HAS site but there is a Welcome to Gotham sign just outside the IX (B) sqn building

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Re: Marham Wg C/Sign "Bulkhead" (ModeS BLKHD etc)

Post by alexmac » Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:40 pm

Gary wrote:IX(B) Ops building was referred to as Gotham, not sure if that's still the same since they relocated with the other squadrons to the Southern HAS complex

http://www.airsceneuk.org.uk/hangar/200 ... 9sqn90.htm
http://www.9sqn.co.uk/image-gallery/arc ... 6-reunion/

One of the squadron pilots told me during a tour the squadron called the HAS caves carrying on the theme
HAS Ops c/s is now Martini.

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