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No. 7 Bomber Squadron Cigarette Box - Click for the bigger picture

No. 7 Bomber Squadron Cigarette Box

Made from Birmingham hallmarked silver dating to 1923. The lid carries an engraving "From the Officers NCO's & Men of B Flight No. 7 Bomber Squadron August 1936". The squadron was formed for the RFC in 1914 and Sqd Ldr Portal was CO for some time (later becoming C in C Bomber Command in 1940). In 1936 B flight converted to Heyford III's and in September moved from the base at Worthy Down to Finningley and this box dates to this time. Some knocks and creases to the silver and repairs to the teak lining but an unusual item named to one of the earliest RFC/RAF squadrons. Later in WWII, equipped with Lancasters, number 7 took part in the Peenemunde Raid and 580 decorations were awarded during the war to the squadron personnel. Measure 3.25" x 3.25" (8 cm x 8 cm)