The Foxer

While there’s no truth whatsoever in the rumour that the defoxing annexe was built on top of an old Native American burial ground, a few weeks back when we were digging a hole for a Pickett-Hamilton Fort by the front gate, we did unearth:

  • A silver whistle shaped like a serpent’s head
  • A purse full of milk teeth
  • A padlocked meat safe containing three dismembered Victorian dolls
  • A copy of the 1980 hit single “There’s No One Quite Like Grandma”

The answers to last week’s tram-themed geofoxer:

a. Vienna (Syt)
b. Hong Kong (Stugle)
c. Tallinn (Little_Crow)
d. Athens (bsplines)
e. Brussels (Stugle)
f. Seattle (Arglebarf)
g. Nice (Stugle)
h. Porto (Llewyn)
i. Sheffield (Llewyn)
j. Istanbul (AFKAMC)
k. Melbourne (Arglebarf)
l. Prague (Stugle)
m. Oslo (AFKAMC)
n. Toronto (phuzz)

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Foxer Fact #1102

During the early 1930s, a period when competition between British flying circuses was at its fiercest, finale ‘turns’ grew increasingly elaborate and dangerous. Freddie ‘The Foxer’ Foxmorton’s outfit, The Aerocrats, routinely ended their shows with something called The Tally-Ho – a rollicking low-level fox hunt in which an orange Gloster Gamecock piloted by Foxmorton was chased over a series of specially erected hedges and through a mock barn, by a jostling crowd of Avro 504s and DH.60 Moths. On September 9, 1934, the stunt ended in tragedy when the Gamecock collided with a spooked pheasant. The ensuing six aircraft pile-up cost two pilots their lives and Foxmorton – who, amazingly, emerged with barely a scratch – his performer’s licence. After his next venture, an air taxi business, went belly up in ’36, ‘The Foxer’ left for Spain to fly for the Republicans (see Foxer Fact #848).


  1. AFKAMC says:

    Aircraft in side profile is a Martin Maryland.

    Looks like on of the images here: link to

    • AFKAMC says:

      Just remembered that the Martin Baltimore was a very similar design, although the link I gave with the exact image seems pretty certain it’s a Maryland.

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    phuzz says:

    The aircraft right in the centre is a Ford Trimotor.

    • AFKAMC says:

      Don’t think it is; looks too small, and the round windows don’t look right. Having said that, I don’t know what else it is.

      Maybe the identity of the person in the chair is significant?

  3. Little_Crow says:

    Patch looks like it’s for the US 11th Armored Division – ‘Thunderbolt’

    • Little_Crow says:

      Looking further could be anything from 10th to 19th, it’s unlikely to be 1st I think by the offset 1

    • Stugle says:

      I’m thinking it might be for the 12th (those two spots of fabric on the edge sit right where I’d expect a 2 to poke in), which was known as the ‘Hellcats’.

  4. AFKAMC says:

    The guy at the bottom is Hermann Goering

    link to

  5. Stugle says:

    ‘zat Roger Moore partially obscured by the tram?

    • Vurogj says:

      I believe it is, the accompanying Bond girl looking like Maud Adams to me.

      She was a Bond girl twice, in The Man With The Golden Gun, and Octopussy.

  6. AFKAMC says:

    I reckon the sub top left is Soviet – maybe a Golf class, but not sure.

  7. Joriath says:

    Is that a bus to Whitechapel?

    • foop says:

      It could possibly be an Optare Solo on route ELS, the Whitechapel-Shoreditch shuttle that ran as a replacement for the East London Line.

      But I could be wrong.

      • phlebas says:

        Or you could be right:
        link to

        • phlebas says:

          That being so, might there be a golf theme going on here? Obsersalzberg is quite convincing but there are a few things that still don’t seem to fit. (Ernie) Els, Eagle, golf class sub…

          • Rorschach617 says:

            Better than my guess, the Whitechapel Murders

            The bus, obviously
            Thomas BOND prepared the earliest surviving offender profile on Jack the Ripper.
            12 Armored. Also known as MYSTERY Division

          • Rorschach617 says:

            An ALBATROSS is three strokes under par, btw

          • mrpier says:

            We don’t have an Albatross, just a Rumpler. :)

          • Rorschach617 says:

            Sorry, thought you meant Albatros C.IV

  8. Stugle says:

    The grey tail with the red band could be a (single) tail from an F-15, but I haven’t found the particular symbol yet.

    • Stugle says:

      Maybe it’s from the US Air Force Tactical Command, which seems to feature a winged dagger…

    • Stugle says:

      Pretty sure this is the exact image:

      link to

    • AFKAMC says:

      Tail code “LN” in the original photo indicates RAF Lakenheath – base of the 48th TFW – the “Statue of Liberty Wing”, if that helps.

  9. Shiloh says:

    Lots of nice NATO Joint Military Symbology scattered around – I’m assuming we don’t have to list them all?

  10. AFKAMC says:

    I’m going to take a wild guess at this: is the link Obersalzberg?

    • AFKAMC says:

      From the Wikipedia entry, under “Buildings during the time of National Socialism”:

      Kehlsteinhaus (“EAGLE’s Nest”)
      Gutshof/Today SkyTop Lodge, GOLF course restaurant/pro shop
      The houses of MARTIN Bormann, HERMANN GöRING…

    • Stugle says:

      Apparently Hitler owned a (garish) golden gun, so that could fit with Roger Moore, if the image is from the Man With The Golden Gun.

    • AFKAMC says:

      If we assume the badge is that of the 3rd Armored Division, one of the division’s commanders was Major General Walton H. Walker.

      The Platterhof at Obersalzberg was renamed the General Walker Hotel after him.

      • AFKAMC says:

        Ah, just noticed the “1”, and the fact that numerous armoured divisions had a similarly designed badge.

      • Joriath says:

        I can’t work out what the background building is. I’m presuming it’s an architectural drawing of a building based on what look like trees to the left and bottom left, otherwise it looks like worked metal.

        There’s also the difference in shades of colour across the image. But I can’t think of a flag – other than Nigeria – that has the same columns of colour either side of a second colour in the middle.

  11. lglethal says:

    Probably not much help but the card in the bottom left is French…

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    phuzz says:

    The biplane top right. I believe it’s a Rumpler, but I’m still trying to nail down the exact model, a C.IV maybe?

  13. Stugle says:

    The background image looks a bit like a map (there appear to be trees in the left bottom corner), but the buildings (?) are far too neat for my liking. Even if it is a map, I have no idea what is is of.

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      phuzz says:

      It think it’s a city, perhaps an uncompleted plan. If you look by the tail of the Maryland you can see a roundabout (well, it’s probably a memorial, but if it does exist, it’s probably a roundabout now).

    • Stugle says:

      Working on a tangent from the Obersalzberg theme, I can confirm it’s not a plan for Welthaupstadt Germania:

      link to

      That just leaves infinity minus one options…

  14. AFKAMC says:

    If that is the 12th Armored Division, apparently The Germans called it the “Suicide Division” for its fierce defensive actions during Operation Nordwind in France (thanks, Wikipedia!)

    Hermann Goering committed suicide.

    The villain in Octopussy (the original Ian Fleming short story) committed suicide.

    Or am I just being morbid?

    • Stugle says:

      No suicide for Johann Sebastian Bach, though. And while K-129 imploded and sank, I don’t think we can generalize from that that any Golf class submarine is suicidal. I suspect there is a better solution, somewhere out there.

  15. AFKAMC says:

    Wondering if there’s a Nuremberg link.

    Goering stood trial there, of course.
    Erich von dem BACH-Zelewski testified against his superiors.
    Google is finding references to “Nuremberg Eagles”.
    I think there might be a street named Edmund-Rumpler-Weg in Nürnberg/Nuremberg.
    Martin Behaim was born in Nuremberg – that being the Martin Maryland link? There might be a Nuremberg link with Martin Luther, as well.

    • AFKAMC says:

      Sadly, Paul the octopus, who predicted football results, lived in Oberhausen, not Nuremberg.

    • AFKAMC says:

      There’s a tenuous Bond link, in that Ian Fleming’s No. 30 Commando (30 Assault Unit) seized the German Navy archives – which then provided evidence used at the Nuremberg trials.

    • AFKAMC says:

      Nürnberg buses might well be red, sometimes, but I’m trying to limit my googling of public transport images, after last week’s tram thing.

  16. Tim Stone says:

    Roman says the solution to this week’s foxer isn’t geographical, German, or grim.

    He recommends indefatigable defoxers work on the two unidentified clues (the background map and the game card bottom-left) and consider the ‘bigger picture’ vis-à-vis Bond and Bianca.

  17. AFKAMC says:

    Taking Tim’s recommendation of considering the ‘bigger picture’ literally – in the Bond & Bianca photo, they are posing with the Bede BD-5J (“Acrostar Jet”) featured in the opening sequence of Octopussy.

    A BD-5J is apparently Guinness record holder for the world’s smallest jet.

  18. eeldvark says:

    Is the theme possibly Sid Meier?

    Designer of games such as:
    Sim Golf
    F-15 Strike Eagle

    Co-founder of Firaxis Games with HQ in Sparks Glencoe, Maryland

    Trying to figure out how to get Göring in there…

    • eeldvark says:

      Optare Solo -> Solo Flight

      James Bond -> Covert Action

    • eeldvark says:

      12th Armored “Hellcat” Div. -> Hellcat Ace, “Sid Meier’s first project for MicroProse according to Bill Stealey [25]”

    • eeldvark says:

      Bach Air Yacht -> C.P.U. Bach “[…] an interactive music-generating program designed by Sid Meier and Jeff Briggs for the 3DO.”

    • eeldvark says:

      Didn’t mean to hog all the clues. Left to solve are:
      NATO Symbols
      Game card

      • phlebas says:

        “No enemy bomber can reach the Ruhr,” he assured them. “If one reaches the Ruhr, my name is not Göring. You can call me Meier.”

    • AFKAMC says:

      Well done! The NATO symbols refer to “NATO Commander”.

    • eeldvark says:

      Sid is Canadian, I didn’t know that, the game card might be a reference to that. The text is in French and the card title seems to refer to the U.S.(A?) so maybe it’s from a game about the invasion of Canada?

  19. eeldvark says:

    Roger Moore/James Bond could refer to another of Sid’s games: Covert Action

  20. AFKAMC says:

    Maybe the number 13?

    Maryland was one of the original Thirteen Colonies that formed the United States.
    Octopussy was the 13th (official) James Bond movie.
    There are 13 NATO symbols scattered about the image.