Royal Air Force

Royal Air Force (U.K.) / 1942

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Design: The Latin motto on the Royal Air Force crest, Per ardua ad astra, translates as 'Through adversity to the stars.' Though the RAF is a creation of the modern era, the lettering on its logo harks back to ancient Rome, which did not incorporate the letters J, U or W in its alphabet (these were added during medieval times), so the U is here represented as a V.

History: Founded at the end of WWI as the result of a merger between the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service, the Royal Air Force served a crucial role during WWII. Its Benevolent Fund, on behalf of which this record was issued, had its beginnings in 1919 as a means of supporting personnel injured during WWI, remaining active today.

The gold on blue-grey colour combination below (the background matching the colour of the RAF uniform) is much less legible. Label scans courtesy of collector and musicologist Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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