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14 Feb 72 - BFPS 1265 - 20th Anniversary of First Deck Landing on HMS Eagle 3p stamp. Flown.
Flown 20th Anniv 1st Deck Landing on HMS Eagle Signed Lt.Cdr.Sheppard,14 Feb 72 - BFPS 1265 - 20th Anniversary of First Deck Landing on HMS Eagle Flown in Sea Fury TF 956 . Signed by Commanding Officer Heron flight, Lt.Cdr.Sheppard,
As RN1a but signed by Lt.Cdr. P.R. Sheppard Sea Fury pilot and Capt. R.J.C. Johnson last captain of HMS Eagle. Very scarce cover.
20 May 75 - BFPS 1298 - 300th Anniversary of Battle of Sole Bay - HMS Warspite.
20 May 75 - BFPS 1298 - 300th Anniversary of Battle of Sole Bay - HMS Warspite.with 5p stamp and signed by Cdr C L Wood, Capt HMS Warspite.
20 May 75 - BFPS 1298 - 300th Anniversary of Battle of Sole Bay - HMS Warspite.with 9p Scott stamp. Signed by HMS Warspite Nuclear Submarine commanding Officer Cdr. C.L. Wood and Flag Officer Medway Rear Admiral C.C.H. Dunlop CBE.
10 Aug 72 - BFPS 1321 - 30th Anniversary of Operation Pedestal Malta Relief. Carried by HMS Danae with 3p modern Gibraltar stamp with red Commanding Officer 10 Aug 72 HMS Danae (left) and red Flag Officer right. Backstamps.The OperationPedestal convoy passed through the Gibraltar Straits on 10th August 1942. Five merchant ships reached Malta, sixteen were sunk, as were the carrier Eagle and cruiser Cairo. This cover was carried from Gibraltar to Malta by HMS Danae, a leander class frigate ( Captain R S McCrum.)
As above but red Commanding Officer and black Flag Officer.
As above but 3p modern Gibraltar stamp.
As above but red Commanding Officer (left) and black Flag Officer (right).
As RN3aA but blue Commanding Officer (left) and red Flag Officer (right).
As RN3aA but 5p modern Gibraltar stamp. Signed by Capt. R.S. McCrum captain of HMS Danae.. ( all cover issued Signbed on the back.
RN3c As above but 10p Royal Navy Gibraltar Stamp and also Signed Admiral John Templeton Cotill Admiral John Templeton-Cottil has died at Avignon in France only a few days short of his 91st birthday. He was born on June 4, 1920.He was Flag Officer Malta between 1972-73 at the height of the negotiations and operations for the final withdrawal of the British forces from the island. His personal charm, calm reaction to the impulsive Prime Minister, Dom Mintoff, and his love for Malta contributed in great measure to the smoothness with which the historic change was carried out from the start, so that when he retired from the navy after 33 years he was made a Commander of the Order of the Bath and was even asked by Mr Mintoff to run Malta Drydocks.He declined the offer as he had already planned to settle in France where he opened the first office in Paris of the British art auction house of Sothebys.Adm. Templeton-Cotill was called up and joined the Royal Navy in June 1940. He first went to sea in corvettes in the Battle of the Atlantic but was soon called, because of his knowledge of French, to liaison with the Free French Forces in the Far East.When he arrived shortly before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour he found the senior French admiral refusing to cooperate with the Americans and, with the consent of the American general, he transferred to the 112th US Cavalry and spent six months on horseback watching for any Japanese landings from submarines.He came to know Malta when, in 1943, he was appointed flag lieutenant to the then Flag Officer Malta, Admiral Sir Louis Hamilton.He asked for operational service and was appointed to a motor torpedo boat base at Leghorn.Various postings after the war included service in Australia when he was also aide-de-camp to the Duke of Gloucester during his term as Governor-General of Australia, between 1946-46.He returned to service afloat serving in warships in the China Sea and in the Mediterranean. Between 1959 and 1961 he was the executive officer of the new cruiser HMS Tiger, at that time flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet based at Malta.This appointment was followed by two years as naval attachè in Moscow.He was back at sea in 1968 in command of the helicopter carrier HMS Bulwark and was appointed rear-admiral in 1970 shortly before Bulwark was in the news when she was sent post-haste to Malta to act as headquarters for Operation Exit after Mr Mintoff became Prime Minister.At one stage, following a series of arguments with the British government, he abruptly decided to order the British servicemen off the island until calmer views prevailed and the withdrawal was fixed for March 1979
21 Oct 72 - BFPS 1334 - 167th Anniversary of Battle of Trafalgar HMS Victory.
21 Oct 72 - BFPS 1334 - 167th Anniversary of Battle of Trafalgar HMS Victory. signed by Capt.Lt.Cdr. H.A.A. Twiddy DSC captain HMS Victory.
21 Oct 72 - BFPS 1334 - 167th Anniversary of Battle of Trafalgar HMS Victory. signed by Capt.Lt.Cdr. H.A.A. Twiddy DSC captain HMS Victory. also Signed Admiral Commander in Chief Naval Home Command.
21 Oct 72 - BFPS 1369 - 10th Anniversary of Interservice Hovercraft Unit.
As RN5a but with 5p Frobisher stamp and signed by Cdr. Reynolds O.C. Hovercraft Unit.
21 Oct 72 - BFPS 1369 - 10th Anniversary of Interservice Hovercraft Unit. signed by Cdr. P B Reynolds Commanding Officer O.C. Hovercraft Unit. signed by Admiral J D Treacher Flag Officer Naval Air Service in Mediterranean and Russian convoys, in HMS NELSON, HMS GLASGOW, HMS KEPPEL and HMS MERMAID, World War II 1939-1945; qualified as Fleet Air Arm pilot 1947; Commanding Officer, 778 Sqn 1951; 849 Sqn 1952-1953; Commanded HMS DAEDALUS 1961-1962; Commanding Officer, HMS LOWESTOFT 1964-1966; HMS EAGLE 1968-1970; Flag Officer, carriers and amphibious ships, and Commander Carrier Striking Group 2 1970-1972; Flag Officer, Naval Air Command 1972-1973; Vice Chief of Naval Staff 1973-1975; Commander-in-Chief Fleet and Allied Commander-in-Chief Channel and Eastern Atlantic 1975-1977
4 May 73 - BFPS 1346 - 30th Anniversary of First Naval Firefly.
4 May 73 - BFPS 1346 - 30th Anniversary of First Naval Firefly. 5p Church stamp and signed by the Firefly Pilot Capt K A Leppard RN the present Commanding Officer of Yeovilton & Observer Lt Cdr M C S Apps RN his Operation Officer.
Signed by the Firefly Pilot Capt K A Leppard RN the present Commanding Officer of Yeovilton & Observer Lt Cdr M C S Apps RN his Operation Officer also Signed by John Fairey of Fairey Aviation.He organised the construction and operation of a replica of the extinct Fairey Flycatcher biplane fighter of the 1920 and the Fairey Flycatcher replica is displayed alongside a Swordfish and the Fairey FD 2 at the Fleet Air Arm Museum Yeovilton. Captain John Fairey, who died on July 7 2009 aged 74, was flying his vintage Percival Provost when it crashed in a field as he returned from RAF Waddington, where it had been part of the ground display at the base's annual international air show.
Signed by K.A.Lawrence DFC Battle of Britain and Fight Ace
4 May 73 - BFPS 1346 - 30th Anniversary of First Naval Firefly. signed by Lt. Viktor Petermann Knight's Cross. 64 victories.
23 Apr 76 - BFPS 1352 - 55th Anniversary of Zeebrugge Raid HMS Intrepid.
23 Apr 76 - BFPS 1352 - 55th Anniversary of Zeebrugge Raid HMS Intrepid.t with 5p Church stamp and signed by Capt. Kidd of HMS Intrepid. Arrived Gibraltar cachet.
55th Anniversary of Raid Double Signed23 Apr 76 - BFPS 1352 55th Anniversary of Zeebrugge Raid, HMS Intrepid. and signed by Captain J F Kidd Commanding Officer HMS Intrepid and signed also by Admiral R.D. Lygo. Joining the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in 1942 as a naval airman, he became commanding Officer of HMS Ark Royal, 1969-71, Vice Chief of Naval Staff, 1975-78 and Chief of Naval Staff, 1978. He was awarded the KCB in 1977.Following his retirement, he joined British Aerospace. He held several senior posts, Backstamped Arrived Gibraltar from Plymouth in HMS Intrepid cachet RN Yeovilton FDC Ref No RNSC7c
23 Jun 73 - BFPS 1353 - 34th Anniversary of Gabbard HMS Kent. Livingstone stamp flown in helicopter.
As RN8aA but with 3p Stanley stamp.
As RN9aA but with 5p Drake stamp and captain signed.
As RN8aA but with 3p stamp & signed Commanding Officer HMS Kent , Captain A R Rawbone AFC.
As RN8aA but with 3p stamp & signed Commanding Officer HMS Kent , Captain A R Rawbone AFC.
As RN8aA but with 9d Stuart stamp and signed by Admiral Raikes and captain. HMS Kent cachet on front.
10 Jun 73 - BFPS 1354 - 30th Anniversary of Operation Jusky Invasion of Sicily HMS Penelope. Livingstone stamp.
As RN9aA but with 9p Stanley stamp.
As RN9aA but with 5p Drake stamp and signed by Cdr. Bell.
1 Aug 73 - BFPS 1355 - 175th Anniversary of the Battle of the Nile in HMS Hellophone. 3p Livingstone stamp.
As above but signed by Cdr. W.B. Smith.
1 Aug 73 - BFPS 1355 - 175th Anniversary of the Battle of the Nile in HMS Hellophone with 9p Stuart stamp and signed by Admiral A.M.Power and Cdr. W.B. Smith.
11 Aug 73 - 30th Anniversary of Battle of Texel HMS St. George. 3p Livingstone stamp.
As RN11aA but with 3p Stanley stamp.
As RN11aA but with 8p Drake stamp and signed by Cdr. Noland captain HMS Ganges.
As RN11aA but with 9d Stuart stamp and signed by Admiral Williams and captain.
22 Sep 73 - BFPS 1358 - 30th Anniversary of Midget Submarine Attack on the Tirpitz. 3p Livingstone stamp. Backstamped 30 Sep 73.
22 Sep 73 - BFPS 1358 - 30th Anniversary of Midget Submarine Attack on the Tirpitz. 5p Drake stamp. Signed by Lt.Cdr. A.T. Lightoller C.O. HM Submarine Rorqual.Commander A.T Lightoller RN, Grandson of Commander C.H Lightoller, second officer and survivor of the sinking of RMS Titanic.Backstamped 30 Sep 73.
as above but 9p Stamp but also Signed Vice Admiral J A R Troup DSC* Flag Officer Submarines.
22 Sep 73 - BFPS 1358 - 30th Anniversary of Midget Submarine Attack on the Tirpitz. signed by A. Joplin 617 Sqn. pilot on the Tirpitz raid.
27 Dec 73 - BFPS 1359 - 30th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Scharnhorst HMS Belfast. 3p Raeburn stamp.
27 Dec 73 - BFPS 1359 - 30th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Scharnhorst HMS Belfast. 3p Raeburn stamp. Signed by the captain.
27 Dec 73 - BFPS 1359 - 30th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Scharnhorst HMS Belfast Signed by Rear Admiral P.R.C. Higham and the Officer in Charge Cdr. J.I. Redrobe.