The RNAS (Royal Naval Air Service) was the Royal Navy’s air department during the First World War. These pilots are a happy crew but they were flying early biplanes on very hazardous missions and their chances of returning to base must have been small. The British Army also had an air section called the Royal Flying Corps and the two combined in 1918 to form the Royal Air Force. These pilots were based in Newhaven on the south coast near Brighton.
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