60 Sqn had the mushroom. 15 Sqn had the owl.Hello!
My boyfriend who is from Northumberland, England, told me that when he was growing up, there used to be mushroom stickers on several road signs on A1 which, if you followed them, would lead you to fields where magic mushroom grew (he never did follow the stickers himself and now most of them are gone from the road signs). As a freelance writer I was intrigued by this story and thought it might lead to an interesting article about counter culture in England. Imagine my surprise when my research led me instead to ARRSE! Hell, the mascot at the top of this page is a mushroom!
Would anyone from the 60 Squadron be willing to speak to me about the origins of the mushroom stickers, the meaning behind them, and a supposed feud with a rival squadron that tagged everything with owl stickers? I would love to hear your stories and reminiscences!
Ahhhh I remember it well. Birdwood Barracks, Bunde, 1976 to 1979. Those stickers appeared all over camp and in a few places you'd need a Helicopter to get access to. And all over the Autobahn signs over the bridges.
I never knew that Tim Peake was 652. The Chosen Few.The Uganda sported a large Fred Frog Zap on her funnel in her final years As did the underside of many toilet lids in Stormont… I was most disappointed that Tim Peake (EX 652 SQN) didn’t get one on the outside of the ISS.