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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.

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.

Vickers F.B.5 Gunbus.    The Vickers Gunbus, a two-seat pusher biplane. 11 Squadron were the first to be fully equipped with them, becoming the first ever specialised fighter squadron in the Royal Flying Corps. Facing the likes of the Fokker Eindecker monoplane fighters, it developed a reputation for being rather slow, taking half an hour to reach its operational ceiling of 9,000ft.

Vickers F.B.5 Gunbus. The Vickers Gunbus, a two-seat pusher biplane. 11 Squadron were the first to be fully equipped with them, becoming the first ever specialised fighter squadron in the Royal Flying Corps. Facing the likes of the Fokker Eindecker monoplane fighters, it developed a reputation for being rather slow, taking half an hour to reach its operational ceiling of 9,000ft.

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 It proved vulnerable to attack by enemy fighters and was withdrawn from front-line duty in 1915 to become a training aircraft.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 The 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 It proved vulnerable to attack by enemy fighters and was withdrawn from front-line duty in 1915 to become a training aircraft.

. 1916 Renault tanks built for combat in World War I in a factory in France.

1916 Renault tanks built for combat in World War I in a factory in France.

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.

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.

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

Great Britain's highest award, the Victoria Cross (VC), was awarded for most conspicuous bravery, a daring or preeminent act of valour, self sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.  During the Great War, the Victoria Cross (VC) was awarded more than 600 times. Only 19 of the recipients were airmen of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service.

World War I Military Medals and Decorations - Great Britain - Victoria Cross (VC)

'Jottings of a Hun' article.    'Featured in 'Flying' magazine, 'Jottings of a Hun' in fact refers to the life of trainee pilots, who were referred to ironically by their instructors as 'Huns'.

'Jottings of a Hun' article. 'Featured in 'Flying' magazine, 'Jottings of a Hun' in fact refers to the life of trainee pilots, who were referred to ironically by their instructors as 'Huns'.

World War I. Balkans Campaign. French military photographer taking pictures of the coast in the area of Thessaloniki (Greece). In April 1918.

World War I, the Balkans Campaign - French military photographer taking pictures of the coast in the area of Thessaloniki (Greece).

US Army Signal Corps Officer's jacket.    This jacket was worn by an officer in the Aviation Section of the United States Army Signal Corps, America's air force during the First World War. The United States entered the war in April 1917 after the Germans declared unrestricted submarine warfare, attacking American merchant ships and liners carrying American passengers.

US Army Signal Corps Officer's jacket. This jacket was worn by an officer in the Aviation Section of the United States Army Signal Corps, America's air force during the First World War. The United States entered the war in April 1917 after the Germans declared unrestricted submarine warfare, attacking American merchant ships and liners carrying American passengers.

WWI-- Interesting that the only way a woman could possibly be involved in a war…

"Comrades In Arms" ~ WWI era illustration of a Red Cross Nurse and Soldier in an embrace.

PoW concert programme.    Programme for a concert held in aid of the RAF Prisoners of War Fund. Many "comforts funds" were established during and after the war.

Programme for a concert held in aid of the RAF Prisoners of War Fund. Many "comforts funds" were established during and after the war.

Belgian banknote.    This is a well-worn Belgian bank note, issued in German occupied Ostend in 1916. Military personnel on both sides were paid in the local currency of the territory they were occupying. In the Royal Air Force, pay for other ranks ranged from 1 shilling (5p) per day for a Boy to 9 (45p) shillings for a Chief Master Mechanic.

Belgian banknote. This is a well-worn Belgian bank note, issued in German occupied Ostend in 1916. Military personnel on both sides were paid in the local currency of the territory they were occupying. In the Royal Air Force, pay for other ranks ranged from 1 shilling (5p) per day for a Boy to 9 (45p) shillings for a Chief Master Mechanic.