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    Default Overturned aircraft photo caption understanding (RAF slang question)

    Hi all,
    I am trying to understand (and properly translate) a caption of a RAF Spitifre fighter lying on the ground upside down with a caption:

    "And there I was on my back with nothing on the clock a hanging on my straps."

    I have asked Mr. Google for help with epxression "nothing on the clock" and I got following answer at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_slang:
    "Nothing on the clock but Smiths - Fuel and other such dials down to zero leaving only the instrument makers name."

    So is my understandiong of the caption correct?

    The pilto was hanging in his harness upside down with all instruments showing zero in an aircrfat lying upside down on the ground.
    (This fully corresponds with the photo).

    TIA

    Pavel
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    'Nothing on the clock' often meant no indication on the altimeter, i.e. zero feet.
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    Pavel,
    Often the phrase was "Nothing on the clock but the maker's name" indicating, as Jonny has posted, the main dials ('clocks') for fuel, or air speed, or altitude, "Zero". In the instance you have quoted the dial reading 'zero' had been made by the Smiths Instrument Company (see https://www.smiths-instruments.co.uk/). On the Home page adverts you will see a number of dials ('clocks') with the name "Smiths" just above the centre.
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    Jonny and Peter, thank you both for your replies. So my understanding is more or less correct, now I have to find only the proper translation what would be not easy.

    Pavel
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