RAF Emergency Flying Ration. MK.II
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 11/43. Contained Barley sugar sweets, chewing gum, malted milk tablets and energy tablets. The tin has surface wear and marking but all the text remains quite clear and legible. The underside of the lid is printed with instructions for use. Unusually this example retains approximately 90% of the contents including several packs of Horlicks (malted milk) tablets and the energy tablets (5 small metal tubes each with 6 tablets) contained in a card box with instruction leaflet. Also has 3 extra tubes of the energy tablets. The tin is essentially full so these items may have been officially substituted for the sweets and gum? The contents appear to be in reasonable condition although some of the Horlicks tablets are a bit stained. These rations were officially issued as part of the dinghy survival kit but saw wider distribution in practice. Not for use or consumption. Stock code S18884.