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Royal Auxiliary Air Force Foundation

 Patron:  HRH  The  Duke  of  Gloucester

MEMORIAL STONES

William Chapman 609 Sqn

Hong Kong

POEM WRITTEN BY FS VIC ROSE 609 (WEST RIDING) SQUADRON RAuxAF IN MEMORY OF FLT SGT BILLY CHAPMAN



The poem below was written by FS Vic Rose in memory of his friend and comrade in arms Flt Sgt Billy Chapman.  The family would like the poem to be displayed with the three career pictures on the QR.  



“BILLY BOY”

To write this poem I could not wait

As I wanted you to read it Billy mate


I’ve lost my Mum, I’ve lost my Dad,

But to loss you mate makes me so sad


When you go to that big place in the sky

Go through those gates with your head held high

When he offers you wings

 Tell him it’s too late, say

 I’ve already got the real ones mate


When you get in there book some seats

And if the big yin asks you why

Tell him it’s for a big reunion in the sky

Tell him they are for Vic and Geordie

But that he will have to wait

Cause those two wankers are always late


Don’t worry about Libby

Your Daughters or Son

Cause they are now part of the Squadron

So laugh with joy cause you’ll still be with us

Billy Boy


There will be a big place on the Squadron that they can’t fill

Cause that big place belongs to Bill

A place for you Geordie and I will keep

In our hearts and that is deep


We will raise a glass when we go away

But not with whisky, we’re not that dumb

So it will have to be the good old Spicey Rum


We will fill one for us and one for you

Then raise the glass and say


PER ARDUA  

  (Through Adversity)

Forever RAF Regiment

“BILLY BOY”


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