Air Ministry and RAF station items research.

On this page I will be posting photographic research that hopefully shows many of the items I am trying to track down.


This picture shows Two styles of what is commonly termed ‘captains chair’ that the RAF appear to have procured a lot of. The two styles turn up in pretty much all the photographs of wartime stations that I have looked at. At the RAF museum at Hendon one exhibit has the two chairs on display side by side. A particular trait of these chairs would appear to be the rather bulbous design of the legs. These are present in every example of an Air Ministry stamped captains chair that I have seen. The bulbous part of the legs is different to many a captains chair on the market so I have used this as a marker whilst searching out these chairs. Both styles have this feature.
I have so far purchased one example of this type of chair and have popped it on my blog. I am making a visit to the RAF museum in the new year after getting permission to look closely at a few exhibits to make notes on markings etc etc.




More pictures of the same bulbous legs on captains chairs.

Here is a photograph of the airmans mess at RAF Uxbridge. Notice the use of what are water jugs as flower vases on all of the tables. Such jugs some times pop up for sale. I haven’t got one yet but the hunt continues. Brown glaze with a white/cream band around the centre and often RAF logo stamped on them. If anyone has one for sale please feel free to get in touch.


RAF billets and accommadation.

Some of the first items I purchased was a set of lockers that had been described on good old ebay as WW2 aircrew lockers. The first locker I purchased came from the site manager at the one closed RAF Binbrook. He had removed the locker from the stores on the Station and had kept it in his house until his wife decided enough was enough. Always one for preferring an item with a clear history and with this locker I had no reason to suspect the item did not come from the stores at Binbrook, I purchased it quite happily. Since then I have purchased a further 7 that I have spotted on ebay and gumtree. They are awaiting restoration back to original up painted condition. They are all stamped on the rear panel with AM logo and dates from 1949 to 1953. Often advertised as wartime lockers I have come to the conclusion they are not that vintage. This sparked a spell of research into barrack type furniture. Wooden lockers it would appear were not used in barracks, dispersal huts, squadron huts etc during the second war. These as the photos suggest did not materialise until postwar and were accompanied by a smaller bedside unit. Instead during the 20s-40s metal cabinets above beds were used, and in squadron huts etc metal lockers were in place. Some accommadation had a simple wooden shelf and bedside unit. Wooden wardrobes were in use in offices, dispersal huts etc rather than single wooden lockers. Bedding wise, cast iron or steel beds seem to be the order of the day. Some pictures show beds that fold or slide in half to provide more space. Anyway. Hopefully the pictures will illustrate some of my notes.

Wartime accommadation





Postwar Accommadation





More Pre-war and wartime Accommadation





A recent trip to the RAF museum reserve collection at Stafford to carry out some research revealed some real gems and the most amazing book recording RAF barrack furniture.

Below are some pictures from that trip.



7 thoughts on “Air Ministry and RAF station items research.

    • Hi Peter. I don’t currently have any of the smiths type 2 sector clocks for sale sadly. My stock at the moment consists of several white dial type 1 clocks, small and large mantel clocks. Best wishes, Andy.

  1. I have an Air Ministry harmonium dated 1941. Would this have been made for use in barracks?
    Would this be of interest to a museum? I would donate it.

  2. REF SCRAMBLE BELLS ( ex ebay)

    Please repond to this message and I will elaborate.
    Best wishes

    PS My last message to you went unanswered

  3. Hi Andy, what a fascinating website you have!

    I stumbled upon it whilst trying to find out more about an Air Ministry stamped chair that I saw on eBay today. It’s a fairly standard 1950s oak chair but I thought that with the AM connection it might be of interest to you, and it would be nice for it to go to someone who appreciates its history. Here’s a link to the listing in case you are interested:

    What I was trying to find out (when I ended up on your website) is what the stamp on the underside means – FCH 57 / MYDR – any ideas? I guess FC could be flight control but the rest has me stumped. I’m no expert in military history, I just love antiques and old furniture and can’t help doing a bit of research when I come across something I haven’t seen before.

    All the best,

    • Hi Dana. Thank you for the link. The chair is indeed an Air Ministry Chair. That pattern came into use post ww2. Used as a utility or general purpose chair. On the underside underneath the striped upholstery is the original green faux leather insert just visible. Regarding the FCH marking. I am not too sure about what this means. RAF AM issue furniture had its own stores reference always begining with 21B. When the MOD came into existence all stores codes changed and I think that’s what the FCH and remaining code is. I see a lot of folding chairs for example with that on. I’ll do some more digging and ask the RAF museum too who are a great source of info. I hope that helps a little. I’ll get back to you with anything I find out. Andy

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