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RFC folding camp bed.    The airfields constructed during the war were somewhat more makeshift sites than those developed after the war. This RFC folding camp bed would have been used in airfield barrack rooms or dispersed accommodation.

RFC folding camp bed. The airfields constructed during the war were somewhat more makeshift sites than those developed after the war. This RFC folding camp bed would have been used in airfield barrack rooms or dispersed accommodation.

Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2b.    The B.E.2b was an aircraft used by the Royal Flying Corps early in the war for reconnaissance. It proved vulnerable to attack by enemy fighters and was withdrawn from front-line duty in 1915 to become a training aircraft.

Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2b. The B.E.2b was an aircraft used by the Royal Flying Corps early in the war for reconnaissance. It proved vulnerable to attack by enemy fighters and was withdrawn from front-line duty in 1915 to become a training aircraft.

RFC aircraft camera.    A RFC Type A aircraft camera from 1915. Aerial photography played a key role in gathering military intelligence and was used for artillery target spotting and infantry battle planning.

RFC aircraft camera. A RFC Type A aircraft camera from 1915. Aerial photography played a key role in gathering military intelligence and was used for artillery target spotting and infantry battle planning.

RAF flying boot.    These RAF thigh-length Pattern 1918 flying boots were used by Lt Cecil John Clarke.

RAF flying boot. These RAF thigh-length Pattern 1918 flying boots were used by Lt Cecil John Clarke.

German incendiary bomb.    This is an incendiary bomb of a type dropped by the German Naval Air Service on Britain during the war.

German incendiary bomb. This is an incendiary bomb of a type dropped by the German Naval Air Service on Britain during the war.

Grave cross.    This is a German grave marker for 2nd Lieutenant Arthur James Fisher, RFC who was shot down in his B.E.12 aircraft by Manfred von Richthofen (The Red Baron) whilst flying with 21 Squadron. This marker would have been replaced with a gravestone at the end of the war by the Imperial War Graves Commission, now the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Grave cross. This is a German grave marker for 2nd Lieutenant Arthur James Fisher, RFC who was shot down in his B.E.12 aircraft by Manfred von Richthofen (The Red Baron) whilst flying with 21 Squadron. This marker would have been replaced with a gravestone at the end of the war by the Imperial War Graves Commission, now the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

'Public Warning' poster.    This poster, entitled "Public warning", was produced in 1915. The British public were encouraged to familiarise themselves with the appearance of hostile aircraft in the event of air raids.

'Public Warning' poster. This poster, entitled "Public warning", was produced in 1915. The British public were encouraged to familiarise themselves with the appearance of hostile aircraft in the event of air raids.

Sopwith Camel as flown by Biggles, Algy, Ginger and the rest of 266 Squadron.

Sopwith Camel as flown by Biggles, Algy, Ginger and the rest of 266 Squadron.

RFC playing cards.    This pack of Royal Flying Corps playing cards is one of a large number of commemorative items featuring the RFC badge.

RFC playing cards. This pack of Royal Flying Corps playing cards is one of a large number of commemorative items featuring the RFC badge.

Concert programme.    Programme for 52 Squadron's concert, 'Somewhere in France', 1917. Programmes such as this were created in the field to accompany spontaneous entertainment events that were produced by the servicemen themselves.

Concert programme. Programme for 52 Squadron's concert, 'Somewhere in France', 1917. Programmes such as this were created in the field to accompany spontaneous entertainment events that were produced by the servicemen themselves.

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