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ID
cx158
Title
"On Equipment"
Genre
Essay
Page Count
2
Word Count
1100
Publisher
Royal Air Force Journal
Publication Year
1942
Document Types
Full-text Online
Eads, Additions to
Flying Officer X Byline
Topics
Pilots, War

Asking "by what...is the R.A.F. kept in the air?" Bates puts aside pilots, navigators, radio operators, engineers, electricians, commanders, and intelligence and says that "all these departments would fail, or fail to function, if it were not for a department with the most humdrum name of all...Its official name is Equipment; its everyday name is Stores.

Bates pays tribute to the work of the department in supplying parts, food, petrol, and clothes, as well as in providing heat, light, furnishings, and housing for the entire air force.

Of additional interest is that this is one of only three known non-fiction items with the byline "Flying Officer X." (the others being 'The First Squadron' and 'Flying Beyond the Reach of Fear')

In the Royal Air Force Journal (May 30, 1942, pp. 30-31, attached)


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