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RAF Emergency Flying Ration, MK.II, RAAF used, full

RAF Emergency Flying Ration, MK.II, RAAF used, full

Code: S19700

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Stores reference 27P/7.  Approximately 11 x 8.5 x 2.8cm.  Gilt coloured metal box similar to an old tobacco tin.  Printed with A 'Crown' M on the lid and with a list on contents on the base.  Dated ?/42.  Contains barley sugar sweets, chewing gum, malted milk tablets and energy tablets.  The tin has surface wear and marking with some corrosion but all the text on the lid remains clear and legible.  The base has more corrosion but most of the text is legible.  It is also etched 'RAAF' and 'Graham'.  The underside of the lid is printed with instructions for use.  Very unusually this example retains all of the original contents including five packs of Horlicks (malted milk) tablets, two packs of chewing gum and the energy tablets (5 small metal tubes each with 6 tablets) contained in a card box with an instruction leaflet. The contents appear to be in good overall condition although some of the barley sugars are a bit tacky and one has stained the end of the tube containing the energy tablets.  These rations were officially issued as part of the dinghy survival kit but saw wider distribution with lightweight survival flying suits and other kit.  Not for use or consumption.  A rare find.  Stock code S19700.