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I recently got this from a lady

im sures it’s RNAs it’s quite large any one got any idea where it might be taken or why I see a couple of airmen have the badges blanked out 

any ten info would be great 

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Thanks 

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Hi arantxa. Just for your interest the large tent like structure behind the group shot is likely a 'Bessonneau Hangar' initially used by the French but adopted by the RNAS and RFC during the war. Unfortunately being temporary it doesn't give any clues as to the location. 

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Thanks 

I noticed apart from officer on left the other pilots? Have very small wings above the pocket

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It looks the same doesn’t it

i guess it was censorship 

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Hi

 

I think you misunderstand me, it is not censorship, it just that these black cloth badges with red crown etc show up as plain black in photographs hence looking like they have been blacked out.

 

Steve

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This photo is similar in content to several taken at Cranwell, and on display at the Aviation Heritage Museum-currently closed.

I am not suggesting it was taken there, but it may have been taken to signal the end of the RNAS, as it was amalgamated with the

RFC to become the RAF. Therefore the date would be 31/3/1918 or 1/4/1918.

Since there are so many pilots in the photo, and men wearing khaki, I wonder if it is one of the squadrons posted to the Western

Front. Someone may be able to recognise some of the pilots

Regards

Geoff

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Thank you Geoff any help is greatly appreciated 

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I think the officer seated 2nd left, with laced up leather boots, bears a resemblance to Captain L D Bawlf.

There is a photo of 203 Sqdn lined up in front of their Sopwith Camels waiting to be inspected by the King,

taken on 12/7/1918, at Izel le Hameau. Bawlf is standing on the left in this picture. Anyone else agree?

Also the CO is presumably seated 12th from the right? Can you post an enlargement of him?

Regards

Geoff

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I will take a picture thanks 

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Alan Bentley

I can't see my father in the picture:P

F287 was his RNAS number.

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Do you need it a bit sharper as can put on my scanner 

Are they rubber boots that officer is wearing 

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