Enormous vehicles

I imagine we all encountered the Magic Land Rover which, when written off in an RTA, was found to have several tons of starred items on board, all of which were unfortunately destroyed in the conflagration.

Active service is pretty good for that kind of thing, as well, it's amazing just how much valuable/starred/scheduled/diffy kit falls prey to enemy action.

What's the most outrageous scam of this nature we've seen?

I can quote a Trailer 1/2 ton GS which had upwards of 30 Arctic Parkas and several detachments' worth of the more obscure Ptarmigan leads on board when it was accidentally burned out in a generator fire.
DB216LOKDVR said:
The daddy of them all; THE ALANTIC CONVAYER it was that heavy according to loss claims it would have sunk any way. (allegedly).
Ah yes! and then later came their revenge:

When trying to get kit from any QM, the phrase FOFAD was used before the request had left your lips :evil:
Didn't the RAOC set fire to their depot at Donnington a couple of times in the 80s?
Tytus_Barnowl said:
Didn't the RAOC set fire to their depot at Donnington a couple of times in the 80s?
See above your post :wink:


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A couple of ISO containers hit by rockets in Basra on Telic 4 must have been bigger than the Atlantic Conveyor..
and more sadly those personnel departed on active service too were alleged to have been carrying vast quantities of kit...
Recce19 said:
Tytus_Barnowl said:
Didn't the RAOC set fire to their depot at Donnington a couple of times in the 80s?
See above your post :wink:
Ah seen.
:lol: :lol: :lol:
I did see Granby a fcuking great hole dug in a quarry all the kit we couldn't move rolled into it and then the shagging lot buried.

and not quite on the same lines but funny as fcuk at the time, a young trooper for one of the cav regiments forget which one came into the tels truck in the workshop with a radio he had rescued from a turret fire.

went on the rig tested out fine but when it came to putting the case back on oh dear hot case with not internals to hold it in shape cools down and warps.

had to put the thing back on with a sledge hammer, troopers face was a picture.
On the US side of things:

A friend was an ASK1 (Aviatiion Storekeeper) on a carrier during Vietnam. They were deployed off Vietnam. They needed a circuit board for the radar in an A-6 so he sent the requisition. Due to missing digits in the part number they received not the circuit board but an entiire new radar unit, a costly piece of an A-6. Since it would take too long to reorder the circuit board they replaced the entire radar unit and then took the old unit which was fine except for one circuit, put it on the flight deck, pulverized it with sledgehammers and threw the bits over the side. It saved on a lot of paperwork.
When we went to the Falklands 2 years after the war we found ISO containers all over the place full of all sorts of goodies, my local scout troop were re-kitted with brand new artic gonk bags for £20 the cost of the postage
On exercise in Libya 1961/2, towed a Heavy Assault Floating Bridge from Tobruk to Bomba anchorage, fair weather, sea 3 swell 4, the fecker sank after eight hours at sea, some Sapper Dimbo hadn,t put the bungs in in the bridge cells, Brigadier was severely unchuffed, really spoiled the whole Ex, still, had a nice few days off in Derna.


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It's a shame that when HMS Nottingham ran aground in '02, that the entire ship's company was using 3D mess (the one that got holed) as their own personal laptop/guitar/ipod/other expensive piece of kit stowage. ;)
How about the Radio cabin that was underslung from a Chinook in about 87/88 and was dropped onto Salisbury plain from about 250 ft. as far as i recal it had at least 19 tele mech tool kits in it. plus various other and assorted kit. the damm thing was only about three foot tall once they recovered it from the crater it made.
I do believe I was on that Chinook, the other one blew the roof off a school. We received the usual load master speach, we saw the red light come on, we thought yeah right,

load jetisoned, we were about a thousand feet higher than the pilot wanted to be.

We landed in a crumpled mess, within 30 minutes RAF had turned up for aircrew, I think it was around 8 hours later a SWB landrover picked the army lads up.

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