Similarly, The Guardian noted in 2000 that several readers had told them that "Mr.
Etymologist Dave Wilton says, "Some time during the war, Chad and Kilroy met, and in the spirit of Allied unity merged, with the British drawing appearing over the American phrase." "Foo was here" became popular amongst Australian schoolchildren of post-war generations.
Other names for the character include Smoe, Clem, Flywheel, Private Snoops, Overby, The Jeep (as both characters had sizable noses), and Sapo.
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One correspondent said that in 1941 at RAF Yatesbury a man named Dickie Lyle drew a version of the diagram as a face when the instructor had left the room, and wrote "Wot, no leave? This idea was repeated in a submission to the BBC in 2005 that included a story of a 1941 radar lecturer in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire drawing the circuit diagram, and the words "WOT! It is unclear how Chad gained widespread popularity or became conflated with Kilroy.
It was, however, widely in use by the late part of the war and in the immediate post-war years, with slogans ranging from the simple "What, no bread? " to the plaintive; one sighting, on the side of a British 1st Airborne Division glider in Operation Market Garden, had the complaint "Wot, no engines?Kilroy was here is an American popular culture expression that became popular during World War II; it is typically seen in graffiti.Its origins are debated, but the phrase and the distinctive accompanying doodle — a bald-headed man (sometimes depicted as having a few hairs) with a prominent nose peeking over a wall with the fingers of each hand clutching the wall — became associated with GIs in the 1940s.Author Charles Panati says that in the United States "the mischievous face and the phrase became a national joke...The outrageousness of the graffiti was not so much what it said, but where it turned up." The major Kilroy graffiti fad ended in the 1950s, but today people all over the world still scribble the character and "Kilroy was here" in schools, trains, and other public areas. Kilroy was the origin of the expression, as he used the phrase when checking ships at the Fore River Shipyard.An early example of the phrase being used may date from 1937, before World War II.