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R.A.F. Evanton Silver Presentation Cigarette Box, 1941
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R.A.F. Evanton Silver Presentation Cigarette Box, 1941

Measurements: 16.5cm (6.5in) x 8.5cm (3.5in) x 5cm (2in)

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Inscribed ‘From the Officers / R.A.F. Station Evanton. / Oct 1941’. Hallmarked 1940.

R.A.F. Evanton on the shore of the Cromarty Firth, Scotland was established as  H.M.S. Fieldfare in 1922 to support the Royal Navy’s Home Fleet. It was used by aircraft carriers to fly off their aircraft to a land base before arriving in port. From 1937 It became a flight and bombing training school and was shared by the R.A.F. On Empire Day 1939 seventy-eight RAF stations were opened to the public. R.A.F. Evanton was the furthest north and attracted a mile long queue of cars and 9,000 visitors. By the start of the Second World War the Home Fleet had moved to Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands to keep out of range of German bombers, and the airfield was used principally as a training base for air gunners. In 1943 it was used by R.A.F. Coastal Command with the Cromarty Firth serving as a seaplane base. R.A.F. Evanton theoretically closed in 1947, but may have been used for secret flights by the Americans in the 1950s.
 

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