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Mystery Aircraft Component - Is This a Genuine UFO?


Contributed by George MILLIE


I am anxious to confirm the identity of this aviation curiosity that "fell into my hands" during the very early part of the period 1959 to 1969 when I was an Instructor at the (then) Technical Training Wing, Army Aviation Centre, Middle Wallop. A RAF colleague at the time led me to believe that it is a pissoir de l'aviateur. I concede the possibility that the aforementioned 'expert' may just have been "taking the piss".


The receptacle is expertly fashioned using heavy-gauge sheet copper, and the quality of the chrome after at least fifty years of faithful service bears lasting testimony to the craftsmanship of the era.



The original cork seal on the inside of the spring-loaded hinged cover remains in pristine condition, although the spring has understandably lost some tension (the mechanical version of Brewer's Droop perhaps!).



(a) length (overall) - 16 cm.

(b) diameter (cover) - 6.2 cm.

(c) diameter (lower end) - 1.7 cm (the numerals 50 are engraved at this end).


At the centre of the outer surface of the hinged cover a 6 mm diameter circle is engraved/stamped and (what appears to be) the letters JOCB (the manufacturer's mark?)



A Mystery No Longer


Reference: “The Battle of Britain – July-October 1940”, Matthew Parker


Page 276:

(para 2) “One inherent disadvantage of the Hampden (bomber, known as ‘the Flying Suitcase’) was that you were unable to relieve yourself once you were in the cockpit, although there was a device called a ‘peeto’. This had to be fitted on (to the penis) when you were dressing for flight with a rubber tube running down inside your trouser leg. The end of the tube then fitted loosely in a lavatory in the navigator’s position venting to the outside of the aircraft. It proved disastrous both for the pilot when it froze and for the navigator when it didn’t.”



1.      The device depicted in the photographs above is a later version of the ‘peeto’ system associated with the Hampden Bomber.

2.      Could ‘peeto’ be a comic corruption of the name of the air speed indicator system component, the Pitot (pronounced: pee-toe) Head?

3.      Could it be mere coincidence that yet another name given to the penis was ‘hampton’, a corruption of ‘Hampden’?


[George MILLIE, 16 December 2002]