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Special Signed by 3 Spitfire Aces, 5 Mar 1976 Southampton Opening of the R.J.Mitchell 40th Anniversary of 1st flight of the Spitfire. Cover depicts R.J.Mitchell and prototype Supermarine Type 300 Spitfire K5054 on first flight from Eastleigh Airfield on 5 March 1936. Flown in Supermarine Spitfire MK 14 to Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the first flight of the spitfire.Personally Signed by Gp Capt Sir Douglas Bader, the legless Fighter pilot CO 242 Hurricane Squadron during the Battle of Britain,shot down in 1941 and taken prisoner, escaped was recaptured and sent to Oflag 7c Colditz Castle until released by the US Army in 1945, and Signed by James Edgar ( Johnnie ) Johnson Pilot Officer - Pilot Decorations DFC* DSO** CBE CB Squadrons 616 19 127 Wing 125 Wing .38 Enemy aircraft destroyed.He received the DFC ( US) the order of Leopold & the C de G ( Belg).He served in the USAF and Korea in 1950.He retired on March 15 1966 as a Air Vice Marshal and also Signed by Wg Cdr Stanford Tuck who was OC 257 Squadron during the Battle of Britain and credited with 18 Victories. Certified Copy No 504 of 1026 Signed by project Officer Gp Capt W S O Randle WW11 Wellington Pilot. Price
ES26e Price £75.00
Secret Army 1977 TV Series signed by 9 Cast etc.
31 May 1980 BFPS 1697 40th Anniversary of the Formation of the First Secret Army. Armee Secrete ( The Secret Army )Louvain. Cover depicts members of Armee Secrete meeting a Royal Air Force Lysander landing by moonlight in Belgium, RAFES badge and Armee Secrete logo.When the first Belgian soldiers returned home from captivity in August 1940 George Delon set up an office in a café in Louvain to help soldiers settle down.George Delon & 2 of his helpers decided to form a resistance movement.Contact was made with the Belgian Legion & the Louvain Secret Army was formed.Commandant Lambert & Lt Col Begault were captured & executed.George Delcon although arrested & tortured by the Gestapo survived .Only ex Belian forces were allowed to join the Secret Army & over 54,000 joined.In the course of sabotage & attacks, 1100 were killed in combat,350 executed by the Gestapo & 4,500 died in Concentration Camps.Flown in Westland Lysander RCAF 2355 on its second flight after restoration, from the Strathallan Aircraft Collection.Personally Signed by members of the production team of the 1977 BBC Television series ' The Secret Army' Gerald Glaister the producer ( also a WW11 RAF Sqn Ldr with double DFC Spitfire pilot)John Brason the Script Editor & players Bernarn Hepton ( Albert Foiret The proprietor of the 'Candide ' and Leader of Lifeline ).Angela Richards ( Monique Duchamps Albert's mistress and ultimate Leader of Lifeline ). Juliet Hammond - Hill ( Natalie Chentrens Dutch, the expert passeur ).Ron Pember ( Alain Muny Farmer,wireless operator and key member of Lifeline).Clifford Rose ( Standarden Fuhrer Kessler The notorious S.D. Gestapo Chief). Terrence Hardiman ( Major Reinhardt The Luftwaffe counter to Kessler,executed by the Germans at the end of the war and by the Technical Adviser , Group Captain W.S.O.Randle , Keeper of the Battle of Britain Museum who, in reality, escaped from Occupied Europe in 1942 along the real 'Lifeline' escape route. Details and photos of the signatories & Lysander.Certified Copy No 0211 of 1190 Signed.
Special Signed by Producer (G.Glaister DFC ) Script Editor & 7 members of the cast secret army.
ES19c Price £75.00
RAF FDC Return to Tunsia Signed Col Stirling ( SAS Founder )
10 X 77 Tunis postmark on Tunisian Stamp. Return to Tunisia. Cover depicts Camel Train passing ancient ruined building in the Tunisian Desert and RAFES badge. Following the Operation Torch landing of Allied Troops in Algeria and Morocco, the RAF's activity over Tunisia increased . There were no formal escape routes for shot down Aircrew, each had their survival packs and had to fend for themselves. Some rescues were made by aircraft in the desert but most recues were achieved by Tunisians guiding the Aircrew to secret collections points organised by the Army's Long Range Desert Groups. Flown in Caledonian Airways BAC 1 - 11 from Edinburgh to Gatwick by Capt Hudson from Gatwick to Tunis by Captain Naylor from Tunis to Gatwick Captain A B Cutting and Gatwick to Glasgow by Capt Dulborough. Personally Signed by Colonel Archibald David Stirling DSO,OBE. ( SAS Founder )
Stirling was commissioned into the Scots Guards from Ampleforth College Contingent Officer Training Corps on 24 July 1937. In June 1940 he volunteered for the new No.8 Commando under Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Laycock which became part of Force Z (later named Layforce ). After Layforce (and No.8 Commando) were disbanded on 1 August 1941, Stirling remained convinced that due to the mechanised nature of war a small team of highly trained soldiers with the advantage of surprise could exact greater damage to the enemy's ability to fight than an entire platoon.
Aware that taking his idea up through the chain of command was unlikely to work, Stirling decided to go straight to the top. On crutches following a parachuting accident he sneaked into Middle East headquarters in Cairo in an effort to see Commander in Chie General Claude Auchinleck. Taking cover in an office, Stirling came face to face with Deputy Commander Middle East General Ritchie. Stirling explained his plan to Ritchie and Ritchie convinced Auchinleck to allow Stirling to form a new Special Forces unit. The unit was given the deliberately misleadingly name "L Detachment, Special Air Service Brigade" to reinforce an existing deception of a parachute brigade existing in North Africa.
His initial attempts at attacking by parachute landing were disastrous and resulted in a high percentage of his men being killed or wounded. Escaping only with the help of the Long Range Desert Group he decided that approaching by desert under the cover of night would not only be the safest but also the most effective means of approach. As quickly as possible he organised raids on ports using this simple method, often driving through checkposts at night using the language skills of some of his soldiers to bluff the guards. Stirling was captured by the Germans in January 1943. He escaped on four occasions, before being sent to Colditz Castle, where he remained for the rest of the war. After his capture his brother Bill Stirling and Blair Mayne took command of the SAS.
In the fifteen months before Stirling's capture, the SAS had destroyed over 250 aircraft on the ground, dozens of supply dumps, roads, wrecked railway communications, and had put hundreds of enemy vehicles out of action.Certified Cover No 410 of 993.
2 RN5c Price £115.00
35th Anniversary of the Raid on St. Nazaire Signed Ryder VC &
28 Mar 77 BFPS 1564 35th Anniversary of the Raid on St. Nazaire 28yh March 1942. 26th March 1942 with some 600 - 650 sailors and soldiers for a daring raid with the object of destroying the lock gates and operating mechanism of the Normandie Dock with its capacity to repair and service ships up to 83400 tons. Personally Signed by Mr W H Lovegrove CGM Chief Motor Mechanic MTB74 in the action and also Signed by Captain R E D Ryder VC He was 34 years old, and a Commander in the Royal Navy during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 28 March 1942 in the attack on St Nazaire, France, Commander Ryder, commanding the Naval force, led HMS Campbeltown in under intense fire. When the main objective of the expedition had been accomplished and Campbeltown had been beached, Commander Ryder remained on the spot evacuating men from Campbeltown and conducting operations while exposed to heavy fire, and did not withdraw until it was certain that his ship could be of no more use. His motor gun boat (MGB 314), full of dead and wounded, survived by a miracle and managed to withdraw through an intense barrage of fire.
Senior Naval Officer in the operation MGB 314. Official RN Air Station Yeovilton First Day Cover. RN Yeovilton Ref No 2RN5c