RAF - RFC - RNAS
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An interesting collection of vintage books and images relating to the RAF (Royal Air Force) & RFC (Royal Flying Corps) On 1 April 1918, the RFC and the RNAS were amalgamated to form a new service, the Royal Air Force (RAF).

Stalling Characteristics of the Supermarine Spitfire 5A Airplane (1942)

Measurements of the Flying Qualities of a Supermarine Spitfire VA Airplane (1942)

National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
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Originally Issued Sept. 1942
As advance confidential report
By J R Vensel and W H Phillips
Pages: 29
Pages: 53

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35 iconic photos from the second World War including;

Spitfire
Lancaster
Wellington
Mustang
Liberator
Halifax

A Folder of 21 RFC Images


32 Books PDF Format

Some developments in aircraft design and application during the War (1919)
by Weir of Eastwood, William Douglas Weir, Viscount, 1877-1959; 

North East Coast Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders

Topics Great Britain. Royal Air Force, World War, 1914-1918, Aeronautics, Military

"Read before the North East Coast Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders 10th July, 1919. Reprinted by order of the Council."
"Read at the Victory Meeting in Newcastle-on-Tyne" --P. [2] (2nd group)
Errata on p. [2] (1st group)
Original printed orange stiff paper cover; in a later gray pamphlet binder

Publisher [S.l. : s.n.]
Pages 94


In the Royal Naval Air Service (1916)
by Rosher, Harold, 1893-1916

Topics World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations
Publisher London : Chatto & Windus
Pages 198


In the clouds above Baghdad, being the records of an air commander (1920)
by Tennant, John Edward, 1890-

Topics World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, British, World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns Turkey and the Near East Iraq
Publisher London, C. Palmer
Pages 372


Night bombing with the Bedouins (1919)
by Reece, Robert Henry, 1889-

Topics World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations
Publisher Boston, New York, Houghton Mifflin
Pages 134


Tails up (1918)
by Middleton, Edgar Charles, 1894-1939

Topics World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations, British
Publisher London : Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent
Pages 324


Thrilling deeds of British airmen (1917)
by Wood, Eric

Topics World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations, Aeronautics, Military
Publisher London : G. G. Harrap & company
Pages 348

RAF Pilot's Flying Log Book 1944-45 Mosquito - Vol 2

Author: Albert George Sims

Sixty squadron R.A.F. a history of the squadron from its formation (1920)

Author: Scott, A. J. L. (Alan John Lance), 1883-1922

Subject: Great Britain. Royal air force. 60 squadron; World War, 1914-1918 -- Regimental histories Great Britain Royal air force. 60 squadron

Publisher: London : W. Heinemann

The war in the air being the story of the part played in the Great War by the Royal Air Force (6 Volumes) (1922)

Author: Raleigh, Walter Alexander, Sir, 1861-1922; Jones, Henry Albert, 1893-

Volume: 1/2/3/4/5/6

Subject: Great Britain. Royal Air Force; World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations; Aeronautics, Military; Aeronautics -- History

Publisher: Oxford Clarendon Press


First In The Air - The Eagle Squadrons Of World War II (2007)
by Air Force History and Museums Program (U.S.); Kan, Kenneth C.

Usage Public Domain Mark 1.0
Topics Great Britain. -- Royal Air Force -- Eagle Squadron -- History, World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial Operations, British, Great Britain. -- Royal Air Force, World War, 1939-1945, World War II, Great Britain. -- Royal Air Force -- History -- World War, 1939-1945

"During the perilous years of 1940-1941, a small band of Americans joined the Royal Air Force to help England resist Nazi Germany. They did so while the United States remained a neutral power and overcame significant obstacles to accomplish their objective. Over time, the RAF formed three fighter units, known collectively as the Eagle Squadrons, around these volunteer pilots. These Americans flew alongside their British comrades in fighter and bomber escort missions until 1942, when they transferred into the United States Army Air Forces. The Eagle Squadron pilots made noteworthy contributions to the RAF, assisting them in their transition from fighting a defensive war to waging an offensive campaign against the German Luftwaffe and helping pave the way to an eventual Allied victory. "
Digitized by http://www.afhso.af.mil/
Pages 31

Training Manual Royal Flying Corps (Part 1) (1914)

H. M. Stationery Office
General Staff War Office


Offence Versus Defence In The Air (October 1917)

Issued by the General Staff


Under the search-light a record of a great scandal (1922)

Author: Douglas-Pennant, Violet Blanche, Hon., 1869-

Subject: Great Britain. Women's Royal Air Force

Publisher: London : G. Allen & Unwin ltd.

Plane tales from the skies (1918)

Author: Blake, Wilfrid Theodore, 1891-

Subject: Great Britain. Royal Air Force; World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations

Publisher: London, New York [etc.] : Cassell and company, ltd.

R.F.C. H.Q. 1914-1918 (1920)

Author: Baring, Maurice, 1874-1945

Subject: Great Britain. Royal Air Force; World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations; World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English

Publisher: London : G. Bell

History of RAF Croughton UK

Author: USAF

War flying (1917)

Author: Hutcheon, L. F., 1897-

Subject: Great Britain. Royal Air Force; World War, 1914-1918

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin

In memoriam Auberon Herbert captain lord Lucas Royal Flying Corps killed November 3 1916 (1917)

Author: Baring, Maurice, 1874-1945

Subject: Lucas, Auberon Thomas Herbert, baron, 1876-1916

Publisher: Oxford : B.H. Blackwell

The American spirit; letters of Briggs Kilburn Adams, lieutenant of the Royal flying corps (1918)

Author: Adams, Briggs Kilburn, 1893-1918; Pier, Arthur Stanwood, 1874-1966

Subject: World War, 1914-1918

Publisher: Boston, The Atlantic monthly press, inc.


The Claudel-Hobson carburettor models R.A.F. Z. & H.C.7, for aero engines instruction manual (1918)

Author: Great Britain. Air Board
Publisher: [Great Britain] : Technical Information Section, Air Board


Instructional notes on the Vickers gun (1918)

Author: Great Britain. Royal Air Force
Publisher: [Great Britain] : R.A.F.


Winged warfare (1918)

Author: Bishop, William Avery, 1894-1956
Subject: World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations; World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English
Publisher: New York G.H. Doran


With the flying squadron (1916)
(This book deals with "The Royal Naval Air Service")

Author: Rosher, Harold, 1893-1916. [from old catalog]
Subject: World War, 1914-1918; World War, 1914-1918
Publisher: New York, The Macmillan company


The flying ace (1917)

Author: Bott, Alan, 1893-1952
Subject: World War, 1914-1918; Aeronautics, Military
Publisher: Garden City, New York, Doubleday, Page


Outwitting the Hun my escape from a German prison camp (c1918)

Author: Lieut. O'Brien, Pat, R.F.C. d. 1920
Subject: World War, 1914-1918 -- Prisoners and prisons, German
Publisher: New York and London : Harper & brothers


Also Included on this DVD

Handbook Of Aeroplanes
and Airship Silhouettes WW1 (1916)




Scanned images taken from a handbook issued to British pilots during World War 1, in order to assist with visual identification of friendly and enemy aircraft. The inscription inside the front cover reads:
WH. Hole. 85274 B. Squadron 7 Flight No.1 R.F.C. Cadet Wing Denham Bucks
Passed on to F/Sgt K.H.W. Carroll D.F.M. 454 Squadron B Flight Egypt, Palestine, Transjordan, Syria, Iraq, Libya, North Africa, Cyprus, Sicily, Italy. 

42 scanned images in total. 34 of aeroplanes & airships.
They all come as JPEGs, average scan size is 200 KB
A small file the size being; 8.4MB. 

PLUS:  (3 MP4 Files)

WW2 RAF Bomber Assault, "Bostons Hit Valenciennes," etc, 23/08/1943 (mp4 Video)

(Please be aware this film is of very poor quality)

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by United States. Navy

Published August 23, 1943

Topics WWII, World War, 1939-1945, Great Britain. -- Royal Air Force, World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial Operations, British, A-20 Bomber, World War II, Newsreel, GSAP, Gun Sight Aiming Point

Naval Photographic Center film #8342.  2 silent RAF GSAP films: "Bostons Hit Valenciennes," and  "Daylight Assaults Over Europe, Bomber Command Attacks Rennes And Abbeville" 

National Archives description "1) GV Ground taken from a low flying plane.2) CV Formation shots of low flying A-20s. (British planes.)3) GV Small towns and cities as taken from one of the planes.4) AV Bombs exploding on industrial targets. Much smoke.5) GV Huge columns of smoke arising from bomb targets.6) Title: DAYLIGHT ASSAULT GROUPS OVER RUROPE. BOMBER ATTACKS ON RENNRS AND ABBEVILLE.7) LS Three A-20s taking off in formstion. (Somewhat hazy.)8) GV Formations of A-20s with Spicfire escorte.9) AV Looking straight down, showing bombs falling towards target. Also showing explosions of bombs on target.10) MS British crewmen and officers standing out on the field watching returning planes.11) GV Crew members coming from parked planes.12) GV Formations of low flying British A-20s.13) GV Ground as it passes underneath low flying planes showing trees, fields, and buildings. National Archives Identifier: 78448 "British Footage Of Bomber Assaults, 08/23/1943"

Run time 8 minutes 34 seconds

Producer United States. Navy

Audio/Visual silent, black & white



RAF Sinks Tirpitz, 1944/11/22

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 Published 1944 "RAF Lancasters converge on the 45,000 ton Nazi Battlewagon, hidden in Tennsue Fjord in Norway. She is throwing tons of bursting steel skyward, but super blockbusters plummet down and she is hit. Winds blow away her smoke screen and again she is hit mortally. This time the smoke clouds mark her slipping beneath the waves, forever." Production Company Universal Studios Audio/Visual sound, b&w 

 RAF Daylight Raid WWII 

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Run time 1 minute 51 seconds Producer United States. Army Audio/Visual silent, black & white
Published 1944

"RAF Lancasters converge on the 45,000 ton Nazi Battlewagon, hidden in Tennsue Fjord in Norway. She is throwing tons of bursting steel skyward, but super blockbusters plummet down and she is hit. Winds blow away her smoke screen and again she is hit mortally. This time the smoke clouds mark her slipping beneath the waves, forever."

Production Company Universal Studios
Audio/Visual sound, b&w





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