Friday, September 01, 2017

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'Hymen Baboons'

'Hymen Baboons'

Royal Air Force Regiment nickname for female serving personnel??
Motto per menstruis (Latin for "Through Menstruation")

'Rock Apes'
The original nickname for the RAF regiment.
Motto Per Ardua (Latin for "Through Adversity")

The term came into use after an accident in the Western Aden Protectorate in November 1952. Two RAF Regiment officers serving with the Aden Protectorate Levies at Dhala decided to amuse themselves by going out to shoot some of the hamadryas baboons (locally referred to as "rock apes"). The officers drew rifles and split up to hunt the apes. In the semi-darkness one of the officers fired at a moving object in the distance. When he reached the target he discovered he had shot the other officer. After emergency treatment  Flight Lieutenant Percy Henry Mason survived to return to service a few months later. When asked by a board of inquiry why he had fired at his friend the officer replied that his target had "looked just like a rock ape" in the half light. The remark soon reverberated around the RAF and it was not long before the term was in general use.


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