tail-end charlie


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tail-end charlie

The last element or aircraft of a bomber or fighter formation.
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Last - and a very gallant gentleman - to complete the course was again the irrepressible Peter Maskell from BHSF who strolled in at just before 10pm accompanied by our friend Nick Venning acting as official Tail-End Charlie sweeper for the final section.
In RAF Bomber Command's parlance, the term tail-end Charlie designated the man who occupied the loneliest of positions in the tail of the bomber.
Nervous, I missed a bird with the first shot, folded him with the second, then dropped a tail-end Charlie with my last shot.
The 'tail-end Charlie' was later involved in the Berlin airlift, dropping supplies into the Western zones and dodging Soviet attacks.
That left Wales Open winner Scott Strange as tail-end Charlie on 84 but Yorkshireman Simon Dyson, round in 82, was furious the R&A had not moved the tees up.
Carlos Sainz is just a point behind in second place after finishing fifth - the tail-end Charlie in a group of three Citroens strung from third to fifth.
And Bichel, as Worcestershire members will testify, is smarter than your average tail-end Charlie.
Yet, astonishingly, John, originally from Sunderland, a tail gunner - or "tail-end Charlie" - on a Lancaster bomber, flew 60 missions over two tours of duty from 1940 to 1944.
"Of course, you have to back that up with performance - nobody wants to support a tail-end Charlie - but we have got some strengths from the previous regime and we're in an open market so we'll go out and chase the best deals.
Nothing has been decided yet, but the possibility of running the Bumper as the last race of the meeting has not gone down well in Ireland and one of their leading owners, Noel O'Callaghan, told me that he simply wouln't have a runner in the race if it played the role of tail-end Charlie and Cheltenham may find many others opting for Aintree of Punchestown instead.
Phillip Price, the world No 119, beat Phil Mickelson, the world No 2 by 3&2 and Jesper Parnevik, the tail-end Charlie, took a half off Tiger Woods.
England were still not safe, but it was beyond Peter Such - a true tail-end Charlie - to hit the last ball for three.