Two RAF "Airstrip" News Magazines for 238 Squadron; SEAAF
Two RAF "Airstrip" News Magazines for 238 Squadron; SEAAF - South East Asian Air Force; Both magazines are filled with various news and sports reports, editorials, poems, personal columns and other assorted items. It was published "fortnightly" and purchased at a cost of "4 annas" (a currency formerly used in India). One is identified as Volume 1, Number 2 (dated April 26, 1945, with twenty-two pages, measuring 160 mm x 200 mm and is string-bound), while the other is identified as Volume 1, Number 3 (dated May 28, 1945, with twenty pages, measuring 170 mm x 215 mm and is staple-bound). Both magazines are printed in black ink on a newsprint stock, the former one has been trimmed slightly askew, the latter one with edge wear, both exhibit soiling, fine. Footnote: The RAF Tactical Air Force (Burma) was formed on December 19, 1943 and renamed as the RAF Third Third Tactical Air Force (Third TAF) on December 28th. It was one of three tactical air forces formed by the Royal AirForce during the Second World War. It was made up of squadrons and personnel from the RAF and the air forces of the British Commonwealth. The Third TAF was formed shortly after the establishment of South East Asia Command, to provide close air support to the Fourteenth Army. It was composed of eight Groups, with 229 Group being the transport part of the Tactical Air Force. The RAF squadrons were at one time Nos. 31, 52, 62, 96, 117, 194, 216, 232, 238 (as indicated by these two magazines), 267, 353, 435, 436, 668, 669, 670, 671 and 673.