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13 May 72 BFPS 1284 1 Squadron flown in Harrier on an operational flight at RAF Wittering .
13 May 72 BFPS 1284 1 Squadron flown in Harrier on an operational flight at RAF Wittering . Harrier Pilot signed Flt Lt Blackford.
13 May 72 BFPS 1284 1 Squadron flown in Harrier. Special Signed.Air Cdr.P.J.Fullard - 1 Sqn.Flew Nieuport depicted on cover. Shot down 53 enemy aircraft in WWl.
13 5 1972 BFPS 1265 2 Squadron flown in Phanton
13 5 1972 BFPS 1265 2 Squadron flown in Phantom flown from RAF Laarbruch to RAF Concingsby and return on supersonic flight in Phantom No 2 SqnPersonally Signed by Crew pilot Flt Lt R C Shuster AFC 7 Navigator Flt Lt D C Andrews.
13 5 1972 Weeze 2 Squadron flown from RAF Laarbruch on a low level reconnaissance sortie in Germany in Phanton No 2 Sqn pilot Wg Cdr B.A.Stead Officer Commanding No2 (AC).and Navigator Sqn Ldr P.R.A.Webb.Certified Copy of 1210.
Signed by G R Payne ( RFC Number 664 ) A recruit, a direct entrant into the R.F.C. on the 17th April 1913. As a 2AM with No 2 Sqn went to France with B.E.F. on the 13th August 1914. Promoted to Temporary Sergeant Major ( Technical ) on the 1st June 1916 and was Chief Mechanic in the 1918 RAF , Muster Roll.Certified Copy 11 of 25.
13 May 72 BFPS 1286 Postmark 3 Squadron RAF 60th Anniversary of the Formation of the Squadron 13th May 1972. Flown in Harrier of No 3 Sqn over Flanders Battlefield with V STOL landing at RAF Wildenrath and Beaver of 669 Aviation .Flown Wildenrath-Manston - Larkhill. Larkhill - Isle of Man - Aldergrove - Gatwick - Wildenrath.
RAF3b 60th Anniv Formation of 3 Squadron Flown in Harrier & Beaver Signed 13 May 72 BFPS 1286 Postmark 3 Squadron RAF 60th Anniversary of the Formation of the Squadron 13th May 1972. Flown in Harrier of No 3 Sqn over Flanders Battlefield with V STOL landing at RAF Wildenrath and Beaver of 669 Aviation .Flown Wildenrath-Manston - Larkhill. Larkhill - Isle of Man - Aldergrove - Gatwick - Wildenrath. Personally Signed by the Harrier Pilot Flt Lt M P Shaw and Beaver Crew Pilots Lt Daly and Sgt E Wroe.
13 May 72 BFPS 1286 Postmark 3 Squadron RAF 60th Anniversary of the Formation of the Squadron 13th May 1972. Flown in Harrier of No 3 Sqn and Beaver of 669 Aviation .Special signed by Pierre.H.Closterman Flight commander of 3 Sqn.WW11Fighter ace(33)Certified copy no of 1000 Signed Project Officer
Spl.Signed.by Flt.Lt.N.P. Shaw pilot who flew the covers first. Gp.Capt.P.H. Champniss AFC OC.No.3 Sqn. Jan - Jul 72.Wg.Cdr.R.E. Johns MVO The Prince of Wales flying instructor at Cranwell. OC of No.3 Sqn. at the time of issue of Special cover & Air.Cdre.Freddie West VC Won his VC on 8th November 1918 only three days before the end of the great War .
30 Aug 72 BFPS 1301 No 4 Squadron Royal Air Force .60th Anniversary of Formation of the Squadron 30th August 1972. Picture cachet of Armstrong Whitworth Atlas No 4 Sqn & Harrier 1972 Flown Harrier. Pilot signed
RAF 4 Sqn Signed MRAF Sir Slessor RFC Pilot WW130 Aug 72 BFPS 1301 No 4 Squadron Royal Air Force .60th Anniversary of Formation of the Squadron 30th August 1972. Picture cachet of Armstrong Whitworth Atlas No 4 Sqn & Harrier 1972 Personally Signed by Marshal of the RAF Sir John Cotesworth Slessor. Who in 14 Jun 1915:U/T Pilot, Brooklands Jul 1915: Pilot, No 14 Sqn, RFC. (Various types Shoreham) Sep 1915:Pilot, No 23 Sqn, RFC. (Various types - Gosport) Sep 1915: Appointed Flying Officer, RFC Dec 1915:Pilot, No 17 Sqn RFC. (BE2c Egypt/Sudan) Dec 1916: Flight Commander, No 58 Sqn RFC. (Training types - Cramlington) Apr 1917:Flight Commander, No 5 Sqn RFC/RAF. (BE2, RE8 Western Front) Feb 1918:Artillery and Infantry Co operation Officer, HQ No 28 Wing. Jul 1918:Officer Commanding, A Squadron Central Flying School. Aug 1918:Assistant Commandant Act Commandant, Central Flying School. 1919:Station Commander, Druid's Lodge, Officer Commanding, No 14 (Training) Sqn 1919: Officer Commanding, No 201 Sqn. (Cadre) Aug 1919: Transferred toUnemployed List Feb 1920:Flight Commander, No 1 Flying Training School. Dec 1920: Awarded Permanent Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant (wef 9 Mar 1919) May 1921:Flight Commander, No 20 Sqn - India. (Bristol F2B NWF India) 1922: Supernumerary, RAF Depot.1923: Staff , Directorate of Training and Staff Duties. 1924:Attended RAF Staff College. 1925:Officer Commanding, No 4 Sqn. (Bristol F2B Farnborough) 1928: Air Staff - Plans, Directorate of Operations and Intelligence. 1930:Staff, School of Army Co-operation. Jan 1931: Attended Army Staff College, Camberley. 1932: Directing Staff - Army Staff College, Camberley. 1935:Officer Commanding No 3 (Indian) Wing. 1937: Placed on half pay list, 1937: Deputy Director of Plans.1938: Director of Plans.1939: Appointed Air ADC to the King 1941:AOC, No 5 Group - Bomber Command. 1942: Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Policy). 1943:AOC in C Coastal Command. 1944:Deputy Air C-in-C, Mediterranean Allied Air Forces C in C, RAF Mediterranean and Middle East. 1945:Air Member for Personnel 1948:Commandant, Imperial Defence College. Appointed Principal Air ADC to The King 1949: Title of appointment changed to Air ADC to The King . 1950: Chief of the Air Staff. Certified Copy No 429 of 950
15 Aug 72 BFPS 1288 9 Squadron - commemorating sinking of the Tirpitz. Carried in Vulcan B2 XM781 on a flight commemorating the sinking of the Tirpitz.
RAF9aB 9 Sqn commemorating sinking of the Tirpitz. Flown Vulcan Signed Pilot
15 Aug 72 Stavanger postmark on 1.20Kr Norwagian stamp. 9 Squadron - commemorating sinking of the Tirpitz. Carried in Vulcan B2 XM781 on a flight commemorating the sinking of the Tirpitz. . Printing error Vulcan covers were carried on XL391 Personally Signed by the Vulcan Captain Sqn Ldr K J Dearman Special.Norway stamp
16 Sep 72 BFPS 1302 32nd Anniversary Battle of Britain Special Postmark. 32nd Anniversary Battle of Britain . No 29 (F) Squadron Royal Air Force. on 3p Church stamp Flown in Lightning
29 Sqdn. BBC stamp
Pilot signed Church stp.
Pilot Signed BBC Stamp.
16 Sep 72 BFPS 1302 32nd Anniversary Battle of Britain Special Postmark on 3p Definitive stamp and 7 9 1972 Cambrai -Air-Nord Postmark on Louis Bleriot 0.50+0.10 French Stamp. No 29 ( F ) Squadron Flown in Lightning special French Flight. Signed by the Lightning Pilot Flt Lt P S G Adams
16 Sep 72 BFPS 1302 32nd Anniversary Battle of Britain Special Postmark. 32nd Anniversary Battle of Britain . No 29 (F) Squadron Royal Air Force. on 3p Church stamp Flown in Lightning Signed by Sir Douglas Bader CO 242 Sqn Battle of Britain fighter pilot. and Wg Cdr Robert Stanford - Tuck, and Air Commodore H A Fenton. Only a very few Signed. Cover Details enclosed. Numbered 3
Rare RAF 202 Sqn Signed by Fritz Poske KC, U boat Commander U- 504 8th Nov 1972 Gibraltar 30th Anniv Operation torch Flown from Gibraltar in Bristol Britannia of 511 Sqn to Brize Norton then to RAF Leconfield in Wstland Whirlwind by 202 Sqn 30th Anniv Operation torchPersonally Signed by Captain Fritz Poske Knight Cross holder U boat Commander U - 504 during WW11 credited with the sinking of 15 ships for a total of 78,123 tons of Allied merchant shipping.Also Commanded Torpedo Boat T - 155 and Aviso Grille Adolf Hilter's State Yacht .Died 1984 With German Detailed Cachet on the back. Enclosed 4 Black & White Photo's Cover number 36 of 48 in U Boat Series This Cover is part of 48 commemorative covers produced in the middle 70`s by the famous German historian Hans Rossbach. And cover no 60 of Only 100 covers individually signed by a Knights Cross winner who won the award in the course of his U - Boat duty. All autographs are on RAF covers
16 Sep 72 BFPS 1302 32nd Anniversary Battle of Britain Special Postmark. 32nd Anniversary Battle of Britain . No 29 (F) Squadron Royal Air Force. on 3p Church stamp Flown in Lightning Signed.by Wg Cdr Hawtin OC 29 Sqn & Demon pilot & Viscount Runciman of Doxford OBE. AFC. Certified Copy 37 of 51 covers issued.
Signed by W R K Hughes DFC 23 Sqn Blenheims Night Fighter. Wop/Air Gunner. Details enclosed.
Signed by S.C.Widdows OC 29Sqn Battle of Britain pilot.
SpeciaI.Signed Hutchings OC 511 Sqn.
8th Nov 1972 30th Anniv Operation torch Flown from Gibraltar in Bristol Britannia of 511 Sqn to Brize Norton then to RAF Leconfield in Wstland Whirlwind by 202 Sqn . 30th Anniv Operation torch
Flown RAF 202 Squadron Cover Signed 5 8th Nov 1972 Gibraltar 30th Anniversary Operation Torch. Black Flown cachet Flown on Special Flight covering the operational deployment of No 202 Squadron in Westland Whirlwind from Leconfield to Leuchars Acklington and Coltishall. Personally Signed by Sqn Ldr Reekie OC 202 Squadron & Signed by each of the 4 Flight Commanders.OC A Flight Ackington, OC B Flight Leconfield, OC C Flight Leuchars & OC D Flight Coltishall 4 Backstamps RAF Post Room Ackington 7 Dec 72 , RAF Post Room Leconfield 15 Nov 72 RAF Leuchars Post Room 4 Dec 1972, RAF PO Coltishall Norwich Certified copy No of 1250.
Reflown from Gibraltar in Hunter RAF 202 Sqn Pilot Signed Flt Lt D Bridge 28th Nov 1972 30th Anniv Operation torch Flown from Gibraltar in Bristol Britannia of 511 Sqn to Brize Norton then to RAF Leconfield in Wstland Whirlwind by 202 Sqn . 30th Anniv Operation torch Reflown from Gibraltar in Hunter Aircraft XG - 254 along the routes of Operation Torch Pilot Flt Lt D Bridge.Blue flown cachet Personally Signed Flt Lt D Bridge Certified Cover No 100 of 100 RAF 8e
As RAF6a But Signed by Walter Langfeld holder of German Seaplane licence no 1 dated 1911and Hauptmann Wolfdieter Huy RK/Oak leaves fighter/fighter bomber pilot with JG77. 40 victories, and more successful as fighter bomber at the Mediterranean sea. In October 1943 he was shot down by Spitfires in North Africa and taken prisoner. 3 Black & White Photo's enclosed. Certified Copy No 2 of 15
21 Jan 73 Guernsey Post Officer. 201 Squadron Guernsey's Own Squadron . Black carried by Courier cachet from Guernsey to RAF St Mawgan, Flown in Nimrod from RAF Mawgan to RAF Kinloss.
RAF9c 201 Sqn Guernsey's Own Sqn Flown round the World Signed 12 crew Members 21 Jan 73 Guernsey Post Officer. 201 Squadron Guernsey's Own Squadron . Black carried by Courier cachet from Guernsey to RAF Kinloss , Flown round the World'Westabout', Flown in Nimrod Mk1 XV258 Route Kinloss - Gander - Offutt - McClellan - Hickham - Wake - Guam - Tengah return in Nimrod Mk1 XV 262 Route Tengah - Seychelles - Masirah - Akrotiri - Kinloss. Aircraft Captain throughout Wg Cdr J M Alcock Flight time 59hrs 20 Mins. Personally Signed by Wg Cdr J M Alcock and both crews signed on the back. Certified Copy no 389 of 1235 Signed Project Officer. rfrom RAF Mawgan to RAF Kinloss.
as RAF9a but Signed by Wg Cdr E E Rodley DSO DFC*AFC, who was the pilot of one of the six No 97 Squadron Lancasters that took part in the Augsburg Raid for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC. Certifield by Colin Smith.
RAF9AIH as RAF9a but special printed cachet, Signed by Lord Balfour of Inchtyre, World War 1 Morane - Saulnier Pilot ( aircraft shown on the cover ) & Wg Cdr J Harris CO 201 Sqn.Certified of 60 covers issued.
Signed both Pilots
RAF FDC. 72 Sqn Signed AVM Hazlewood & OC 72 Sqn2 Mar 73 BFPS 1306 No 72 Sqn RAF Commemorating the 55th Operational Anniversary of the Sqn Flown in Wessex HC 11 From RAF Odiham to RAF Wittering and then to RAF Benson . Personally Signed by Air Vice Marshal Hazlewood AOC 38 Group & Wg Cdr McKinnon OC 72 Squadron. 3 backstamps RAF Odiham, RAF Wittering, RAF Benson, Certified Copy of 1250.
RAF FDC 230 Sqn 15 Apr 73 BFPS 1308 postmark No 230 RAF 60th Anniversary of the Formation of the Squadron . Blue flown cachet Flown in Puma of 230 Sqn from RAF Oliham via Westland Helicopters Yeovil to Westland Heliport London
RAF 11c FDC 230 Sqn Double Signed 15 Apr 73 BFPS 1308 postmark No 230 RAF 60th Anniversary of the Formation of the Squadron . Blue flown cachet Flown in Puma of 230 Sqn from RAF Oliham via Westland Helicopters Yeovil to Westland Heliport London. Personally Signed by Air Cdre P H L Scott AFC RAF, British Air Attache Paris and Wing Commander P D A Austin AFC RAF, Pilot and Squadron Commander. Certified Copy No of 1250
Rare 230 Sqn Signed by Gerd Kelbling U boat Commander U- 593 15 Apr 73 BFPS 1308 postmark No 230 RAF 60th Anniversary of the Formation of the Squadron . Blue flown cachet Flown in Puma of 230 Sqn from RAF Oliham via Westland Helicopters Yeovil to Westland Heliport LondonPersonally Signed by Captain Gerd Kelbling Knight Cross holder U boat Commander U - 593 during WW11 credited with the sinking of 9 ships for a total of 38,290 tons of Allied merchant shipping. U - 593 was sunk on the 13 December 1943 in the Mediterranean by Depth Charges from US Destroyer Wainwright and RN Destroyer HMS Calpe. Whole crew taken as Prisoner of War. With German Detailed Cachet on the back. Enclosed 4 Black & White Photo's Cover number 35 of 48 in U Boat Series This Cover is part of 48 commemorative covers produced in the middle 70`s by the famous German historian Hans Rossbach. And cover no 49 of Only 100 covers individually signed by a Knights Cross winner who won the award in the course of his U - Boat duty. All autographs are on RAF covers
26 Jun 73 BFPS 1401 No 18 Sqn RAF 25th Anniversary Berlin Airlift 26th June 1948. Cover depicts DH 4 & Wessex. Orange Flown Cachet flown from RAF Gutersloh to GAF Wunstorf in an 18 Sqn Wessex
Special.Signed signed by former 18 Squadron Commanders AVM Sir Ranald Mcfarlane Reid DSO, MC(OC 1917 and WW1 ace), Wing Commander J Kirwan DFC (OC1948) and Wing Commander TJones AFC (OC 1973)
26 Jun 73 BFPS 1401 No 18 Sqn RAF 25th Anniversary Berlin Airlift 26th June 1948. Cover depicts DH 4 & Wessex. Orange Flown Cachet flown from RAF Gutersloh to GAF Wunstorf in an 18 Sqn Wessex. Dropped in Bremerhaven harbour during their return with added Bremerhaven cachet.
26 Jun 73 BFPS 1401 No 18 Sqn RAF 25th Anniversary Berlin Airlift 26th June 1948. Cover depicts DH 4 & Wessex. Orange Flown Cachet flown from RAF Gutersloh to GAF Wunstorf in an 18 Sqn WessexDropped in Bremerhaven harbour during their return with added Bremerhaven cachet.. Crew Signed Certified Copy of 339
14 Jul 73 BFPS 1402 54 Squadron 25th Anniversary of the First Jet Crossing of the Atlantic . Flown in Phanton United Kingdom - Goose Bay.
Signed 2 Pilots
RAF Sopwith FDC Signed Sir T Sopwith. 14 Jul 73 BFPS 1402 25th Anniversary of the first crossing of Atlantic by Jet Aircraft.Cover depicts a Sopwith Pup of No 54 Squadron in 1917. Blue flown cachet flown in Sopwith Pup N 5180 from Old Warden Airfield. Personally Signed by Sir Thomas Sopwith designer of the Sopwith Pub and again during the 1939 to 1945 head of a large organisation producing many of Britains fighting aircraft including the famous Hurricane and the Typhoon.Details and photogragh of Sir Thomas Sopwith enclosed.Offical RAF Museum Special issued Cover RAF 13c.Certified Copy No of 1250.
Signed by A.Cdre.Leathart CO 54 Sqn.1940. Battle of Britain pilot & WW2 Ace.
26 Jul 73 BFPS 1403 60th Anniversary of the Formation of the Squadron.Flown to RAF Akrotiri in VC 10 then in Lightning for air refuelled flight , Cyprus to Leconfield. 5 Squadron
RAF 5 Sqn FDC Signed 2 WW1 Pilots26 Jul 73 BFPS 1403 60th Anniversary of the Formation of the Squadron.Flown to RAF Akrotiri in VC 10 then in Lightning for air refuelled flight , Cyprus to Leconfield. Returned to Akrotiri with a fault cover transferred to Britannia and flown to RAF Leconfield. Personally Signed by the Lightning Pilot Sqn Ldr T J L Gauvain and to founder members of no 5 Sqn from 1913.,Wg Cdr Hollingworth and Wg Cdr T E Guttery MBE ( RFC Number 579 ) Served as a boy in South Staffordshire Regiment. Transferred to the RFC 12 Aug 1912 orginally served with No 3 Squadron then transferred to No 5 Sqn. Went to France 1914 technical duties in connection with flying.Whilst serving with 23 Wing he devised the modifications to the Sopwith Camel to produce two seater dual control versions. During WW2 served on various staff appointments with technical and flying training commands and at the Ministry of Aircraft production.Certified No of 1250 signed Project Officer.
8 Aug 73 BFPS 1412 International Air Day RAF ST Mawgan 42 Squadron
Signed Captain Sqn Ldr G R Phillips and Pilot Flt Lt R T D'Andrea.
RAF 42 Sqn Signed Philpot Stalag Luft Escaper 26 Nov 73 Ascension & 8 Aug 73 St Mawgan postmarks. No 42 Squadron Royal Air Force. International Air Day RAF St Mawgan 8th August 1973. Cover depicts BE 2E No 42 Sqn Sept 1916 & Nimrod 1973. Flown cachet on the back flown in Nimrod XV253 of 42 Sqn on exercise to Ascension Islands and return Captain Wg Cdr D W Hann OC No 42 Sqn. Personally Signed by Wg Cdr D W Hann and Signed by Flt Lt Oliver Philpot On 11th Dec 1941 Flt Lt Philpot flying a Beaufort of 42 Sqn took off from Leuchars in Scotland . A Convoy was spotted decided to attack was hit by gun fire and forced to ditch picked up by German Vessel. Flt Lt Philpot was shuffled to a series of camps until he finally arrived at Sagan Luft 111. Flt Lt Oliver Philpot MC DFC who escaped via the Wooden Horse. ( escaped by tunnelling out of Stalag - Luft 111 under cover of a home made box vaulting horse.)Details enclosed.Certified Copy No of 1297 Signed project Officer. RAF Ref No RAF 15c
15 Sep 73 BFPS 1413 No 17 Squadron - 33rd Anniv. of Battle of Britain.Flown in Phantom
Signed.Pilot & Nay.
Battle of Britain FDC Signed Cameron B of B pilot .19 9 73 Niederkruchten CDS on German Stamp & 27 Sp 73 Holyhead Postmarks17 Squadron 33rd Anniversary of Battle of Britain 15th September 1973 Black Flown cachet. 27 Sep 73 Four Countries in one day Germany to Wales to Scotland To England. Flown in Phantom of 17 Sqn Pilot OC 17 Sqn Wg Cdr G E Ord & Navigator Flt Lt I P Grigg. Personally Signed by Air Vice Marshal N.Cameron Battle of Britain Fighter pilot with 66 Sqn died 1985 Certified Copy No 499 of 1249 issued.
15 Sep 73 Jersey 92 Squadron 33rd Anniversary of Battle of Britain.Flown in Spitfire AB910.
24 9 73 Gutersloh 33rd Anniv. of Battle of Britain.Force Special Postmark . No 92 Sqn RAF FDC 33rd Anniv. of Battle of Britain. Red Flown cachet flown in Lightning Personally Signed by Sqn Ldr Neville Duke was a 92 Sqn Battle of Britain Spitfire Pilot. He joined Hawers in 1948 and became Chief Test Pilot in 1951. On 7 Sep 1953 he set the World Speed Record of 727.6 mph in Hunter 3 WB188 , and Wg Cdr C W Bruce OC 92 ( East India ) Sqn and the Lightning Pilot Flt Lt M V Smith. Certified Copy No 912 of 1250 Signed by Project Officer.
RAF17dB No 92 Sqn 33rd Anni Battle of Britain Talyllyn Railway added 3p & l5c Rail stamps15 Sep 73 Talyllyn Railway Postmark on 3½p definative Stamp. No 92 Sqn 33rd Anniversary of Battle of Britain Talyllyn Railway with added 3p & l5c Rail stamps.Squadron 33rd Anniversary of Battle of Britain.Flown in Spitfire AB910. 3½p definative pmk Talyllyn Railway with added 3p & l5c Railway Letter stamps datestampwed Talyllyn Railway Towyn Merioneth .See RAF Museum Reference Book Notes 2The proceeds of this cover were used to purchase the Battle of Britain Locomotive No 34081 '92 Squadron' which will eventually be placed on permanent exhibition at the RAF Museum Hendon.
15 Sep 73 Jersey 92 Squadron 33rd Anniversary of Battle of Britain.Flown in Spitfire AB910.Personally Signed Wg.Cdr.Hancock Battle of Britain fighter pilot. Details enclosed.
27 Aug 73 BFPS 1420 51 Squadron 20th Anniversary of Comet 2 XK 655 Flown From RAF Wyton to Hatfields
RAF FDC 51 Sqn Signed Cunningham B of B Pilot RAF18c 27 Aug 73 BFPS 1420. 20th Anniversary of Comet 2 XK655 27th August 1973. No 51 Squadron Royal Air Force. Personally Signed By the Pilots Wg Cdr W H Bonner and John Cunningham Battle of Britain WWll Ace. Group Captain John Cunningham CBE, DSO, DFC De Havilland Aircraft Company Chief Test Pilot.Group Captain John Cunningham was a 604 Sqn Battle of Britain Pilot & became CO of 85 Sqn equipped with Mosquito Night Fighters. He became one of the leading nightfighter pilots, was credited with 20 victories & earned the name Cats Eyes . In 1946 he resumed his Test Pilot career with de Havillands & was prominent in the development of his Comet, Sea Vixon, DH110, Nimrod & Trident . Flown on Comet First Test Flight Captain Gp Capt Cunningham Flown Hatfield - Local, 20th Anniversary Flight Captain Wg Cdr W H Bonner RAF Wyton to Hatfield then Special Flight Captain Gp Capt Cunningham Hatfield to Nice to Hatfield. Certified No 1024 of 1250 Signed Backstamped Hatfield Birthplace of the comet and received at Nice Airport.RAF
Rare RAF18CC Sqn 20th Anniv Comet Signed John Cunningham B of B Pilot 27 Aug 73 BFPS 1420. 20th Anniversary of Comet 2 XK655 27th August 1973. No 51 Squadron Royal Air Force. Personally Signed By the Pilots Wg Cdr W H Bonner and John Cunningham Battle of Britain WWll Ace. Group Captain John Cunningham CBE, DSO, DFC De Havilland Aircraft Company Chief Test Pilot.Group Captain John Cunningham was a 604 Sqn Battle of Britain Pilot & became CO of 85 Sqn equipped with Mosquito Night Fighters. He became one of the leading nightfighter pilots, was credited with 20 victories & earned the name Cats Eyes . In 1946 he resumed his Test Pilot career with de Havillands & was prominent in the development of his Comet, Sea Vixon, DH110, Nimrod & Trident . Flown on Comet First Test Flight Captain Gp Capt Cunningham Flown Hatfield - Local, 20th Anniversary Flight Captain Wg Cdr W H Bonner RAF Wyton to Hatfield then Special Flight Captain Gp Capt Cunningham Hatfield to Nice to Hatfield. Certified No 20 of 198 Signed John Stride Backstamped Hatfield Birthplace of the comet and received at Nice Airport and Mosquito Aircraft Museum .RAF
As RAF18a Cover depicts BE 12 of 51 Sqn RFC. Signed by Heinz Benz beginning of WW1 was Test Pilot at Daimler. From 1916 he became an infantry and general recce pilot in Fea 6 .During the Battle of Flanders campaign in 1917 he was shot down from a height of only 50 metres by a DH2. Photo of Heinz Benz at the side of his aircraft.With German detailed cachet on the back. Certified Copy 8 of 20.
28 Sep 73 BFPS 1421 No 360 Sqn RAF Award of the Badge. Flown in Canberra
Special Signed.Air Vice Marshal D.G.Evans Air Officer Commanding 1 Group.
31 jan 74 BFPS 1423 6 Squadron Flown From Farnborough , The Birthplace of the Squadron, To Coningsby on 31st January 1974 . Flown in Phantom
30 Jan 74 AMMAN on Jordan 30 Fils Commemorative stamp and 31 Jan 74 BFPS 1423 60th Anniversary of the Formation of No 6 Squadron , Flown by H M King Hussein 1 King of the Hashemite Kingdon of Jordam From Amman to Coningsby via Brize Norton in Boeing 707 JY - ADP and Wessex 4 XV 733 Total Flight time 9 Hours 50 mins and on the back Reflown Flown Farnborough The Birthplace on the Squadron , to Coningsby on 31st January 1974,in Phantom Pilot Sqn Ldr P F Constable and Navigator Flt Lt R Ross. Personally Signed by Air Marshal Sir D.Crowley-Milling Battle of Britain pilot WWII Ace. Reflown Flown Farnborough The Birthplace on the Squadron , to Coningsby on 31st January 1974,in Phantom Pilot Sqn Ldr P F Constable and Navigator Flt Lt R Ross. Signed on the back by Phantom Crew Pilot Sqn Ldr P F Constable and Navigator Flt Lt R Ross
Cover bearing an additional Jordan 30 Fils Commemorative stamp postmarked Royal Palace AMMAN 30 Jan 74 Flown by H M King Hussein 1 King of the Hashemite Kingdon of Jordam, From Amman to Coningsby via Brize Norton in Boeing 707 JY - ADP and Wessex 4 XV 733 Total Flight time 9 Hours 50 mins and added reflown cachet by HM King Hussein in Jaguar T2 XX137 on 31st January 1974 Captain Wg Cdr J R Walker RAF Flight time 1 Hour 12 Mins Personally Signed by H M King Hussein of Jordan . It was additionally Signed on the back by Wg Cdr J Walker Captain of the Jaguar Certified Copy 54 of 55 and initialled. RAF Museum Reference number RAF20d
Signed by H M King Hussein of Jordan Flown by the H M King Hussein.
18 Feb 1424 Postmark 21 Squadron Operation Jericho
18 Feb 1424 Postmark 21 Squadron Operation Jericho Special Signed.Townsend WW1 pilot 1915 21 sqn & H Moisin French resistance interned in Amiens raid. Certified Copy no 114 of 1250 Signed Philatelic Officer.
Special Signed.Townsend WW1 pilot & Louis SeIIier French resistance interned in Amiens raid.
27 Squadron. Flown in Vulcan XL 361 From RAF Scampton XL361 1st Operational sortie1 Mar 74 BFPS 1435 27 Squadron. Flown in Vulcan XL 361 From RAF Scampton on 1st Operational sortie following reformation of Squadron Joint Maritime Exercise with attack support and fighter affilliation in the Faeroes Gap area of the Atlantic.
27 Squadron. Flown in Vulcan XL 361 From RAF Scampton XL361 1st Operational sortie1 Mar 74 BFPS 1435 27 Squadron. Flown in Vulcan XL 361 From RAF Scampton on 1st Operational sortie following reformation of Squadron Joint Maritime Exercise with attack support and fighter affilliation in the Faeroes Gap area of the Atlantic. Signed by the Vulcan pilot Captain Flt Lt J Mclaren
RAF Vulcan Cover Flown around the World Signed13 Fe 74 Lincoln and 4 Mar 74 Singapore postmarks. No 27 Squadron Royal Air Force Reformation of the Squadron 1st March 1974. Cover depicts a Martinsyde G100 Elephant and H S ( Avro ) Vulcan 1974.Black Flown cachet Flown Westabout around the World in Vulcan XL 425 depart RAF Scampton to RAF Goose Bay, Canada to USAF McClennan, California to USAF Hickam, Hawaii to USNB Midway, Pacific to USAF Anderson, Guan to Anzac Air Tengh, Singapore to RAF Gan, Indian Ocean to RAF Masirah to RAF Akrotiri, Cyrus to RAF Scampton. Captain Sqn Ldr Whitelam, Co Pilot Fg Off Pitt, Navigator Radar Flt Lt Douglas, Navigator Plotter Flt Lt Ditchburn Air Electronics Flt Lt Episcopo. Flight time 48 hours 00 minutes.Personally Signed by Sir Hugh Chance CBE DL TD commissioned in to the Worcestershire Regiment in 1915. Joining the 2/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment as a Platoon Commander of 'D' Company. In April 1916 he was attached to the Royal Flying Corps and trained as a pilot. After his initial pilot training at Reading he was posted to No. 5 Reserve Squadron at Castle Bromwich. However, three weeks later he was ordered to No. 47 Squadron at Beverley. Early in August 1916 he was posted again, this time to to No. 49 Squadron at Dover. Later the same month he was ordered to France to join No. 27 Squadron which was stationed at Fienvillers. He then spent the next month flying Martinsyde G100 "Elephant" aircraft on bombing raids. On the 17th September 1916 whilst on a bombing raid over Valenciennes, his plane was hit and had to make a crash landing in occupied France. He was captured and taken prisoner and spent the rest of the war in Prisoner of War camps at Osnabruck and Clausthal., and Chaz Bowyer, author of the book The Flying Elephants the History of 27 Squadron 1915 to 1969. certified Copy no 1133 of 1250 signed Philatelic Officer.4 Backstamps
4 Apr 74 BFPS 1453 Postmark. 19 Squadron Flown Lightning
19 Sqn RAF FDC Flown Lightning Signed Pilot plus 34 Apr 74 BFPS 1453 25th Anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Special Postmark on QE 10p stamp. No 19 Squadron Royal Air Force, 25th Anniversary of the Formation of NATO. Cover depicts 19 Squadron Dolphin E4514 in France 1918, English Electric Lighting F2A XN773 at RAF Gutersloh ( Germany ) in 1974 and 19 Squadron badge. Flown in Lightning FMk2A Bravo of 19 Squadron on a radar interception sortie. Personally Signed by NATO Commander ACM Sir Lewis Hodges RAF, Also Signed by , Colonel A Van Oosten Royal Netherlands Air Force who was captured by the Japanese and worked on the Burma Railway until his liberation in 1945 and Brig General Ghenne Belgian Air Force, who was an active member of Belgium's Secret Army and Wing also Wg Cdr Vangucci who flew Vampires and became CO of No19 Squadron commanding Officer RAF Gutersloh and Lightning Pilot. Backstamps Air Chief Marshal Deputy Commander in Chief Allied Forces Central Europe, Unit Nat Support 2 ATAF Rhindhalen, 19 Sqn Dolphin, NAK Commandant NORTHAG/ TWOAAF and RAF Post Office Gutersloh BFPO 47 4 Apr 74. RAF Ref No 23c Certified copy of of 1244 signed by the Project Officer.
1 May 74 BFPS 1436 Postmark Flown in Canberra 7 Squadron, Flown in Canberra
RAF FDC 60th Anniv No 7 Sqn Signed 1 May 74 BFPS 1436 No 7 Squadron Royal Air Force. 60th Anniversary of the Squadron 1st May 1974. Black flown cachet flown in Canberra . Personally Signed Sir Alan Boxer KCVO CB DSO DFC RAF Assumed With war clouds looming over Europe he decided to leave New Zealand in 1938 and join the RAF. Having already amassed 175 hours he found himself posted as a instructor following his service flying training. He remained in Training Command for two years, but eventually in 1942 he was posted to an operational unit, No 161 Squadron at Tempsford. Here he commanded the Hudson Flight and was involved in the delivery and collection of SOE Agents from occupied France, although many of his missions were ranging to Scandinavia and Poland often lasting 13 hours. A spell as a staff officer at the Air ministry co-ordinating SOE flights was followed by a return to 161, this time as CO. After the war he attended both the RAF Staff College and the Army College at Haifa before being given an exchange posting with the USAF. Here he flew B29's on the West Coast of America including a six-month tour of duty taking part in operations during the Korean War. Following his return from the USA he spent a year at the Central Fighter Establishment before being appointed to the directing staff of the RAF Staff College. After the Staff College he was tasked with reforming No 7 Squadron as a Valiant unit. Although the squadron officially reformed on 1 November 1956 at Honington, it was the end of the month before he was able to collect the first of its aircraft from the Vickers factory at Wisley. One of the tasks he performed with 7 Squadron was the transporting of an 'H' bomb to Christmas Island for the forthcoming tests. This necessitated him landing in the USA to re-fuel without being able to divulge the nature of his payload. Promotion to Group Captain brought command of the Victor base at Wittering. A staff post at HQ Bomber Command and attendance at the Imperial Defence College was followed by two SASO posts. The first at HQ No 1 Group and the second as the last person to hold the post at Bomber Command before it was amalgamated with Fighter Command to form Strike Command. Also Signed by Wing Cdr A E Radnor assumed command of no 7 Sqn with effect from 5th November 1973 also pilot who flew the covers. Certified Cover No 783 of 940.
RAF24b4 £12.95 "As RAF24a Signed by Canberra Pilot Flt LT R C E Duke, Navigators Flt Lt G C Edwards Also Signed by 4 Battle of Britain Pilots Crew & WAAF Sgt. John Keatings, air gunner, 219 Sqn., Battle of Britain. Avis Hearn MM ( won her Military Medal at Polling Radar Station Sussex Aug 1940 Plt Off Peter Ayerst who achieved confirmed victories in the Battle of Britain and not eligible for the Battle of Britain Clasp, lan W Gear 32 Sqn, Battle of Britain fighter pilot "
13 May 74 25th Anniversary of First Flight of the Canberra 100 Squadron
RAF 25c 100 Sqn Signed R P Beamont Battle of Britain Fighter pilot with 87 (F) WW11 Ace.(5).Shot down13 Nov 74 BFPS 1437 100 Sqn Royal Air Force 25th Anniversary of First Flight of the Canberra 13 May 1974. Cover depicts a 100 RFC France 1917 160 HP Beardmore & a Canberra. Red flown cachet flown by Wg Cdr R P Beamont from British Aircraft Corporation Airfield Warton in a 100 Sqn Canberra T MK 4 No WJ 861 to commemorate the first Canberra flight by him on 13th May 1949 Personally Signed Wg.Cdr.R.P.Beamont.Battle of Britain Fighter pilot with 87 (F) WW11 Ace.(5).Shot down 13th October 1944 spent the rest of the war as a P.O.W..After repatriation became experimental test pilot with the Gloster Aircraft Company then moved to De Havilland as a demonstration pilot ,then to English Electric Company.Beamont managed all the prototype tests on the Canberra, establishing two Atlantic records.He then undertook the P.1 Lightning test programme during which he became the first British test pilot to fly at the speed of sound in a level flight and the first pilot to fly a British Aircraft at twice the speed of soundCertified Copy of 1236 Signed. Backstamps No 100 Sqn 13 May 1974 RAF.
24 May 74 BFPS 1439 The Disbandment of 543 Squadron Flown iFrom RAF Coltishall to RAF Wyton in Spitfire 23rd May 1974
24 May 74 BFPS 1439 The Disbandment of 543 Squadron Flown iFrom RAF Coltishall to RAF Wyton in Spitfire 23rd May 1974 Signed.Miss C.Babington - Smith.MBE Photo interpreter.Author of Evidence in Camera
Rare RAF26cJ Disbandment of 543 Sqn Miss C.Babington - Smith WAAF & Pilot 24 May 74 BFPS 1439 The Disbandment of 543 Squadron Flown From RAF Coltishall to RAF Wyton in Spitfire PR Mk XIX PS 853 the only surviving aircraft of this type Pilot Sqn Ldr E E Jones AFC on 3rd May 1974. Personally Signed Pilot Sqn Ldr E E Jones AFC and Miss C.Babington - Smith MBE Joined the WAAF 1940 teleprinter operator she was quickly commissioned as a Photo interpreter. She formed the Aircraft Section of the Central Interpretation unit at RAF Medmenham alone in 1941 and remained in charge until 1945. She was mentioned in Dispatches in January 1942 and was awarded the MBE in 1945. Author of Evidence in Camera. Certified Copy no 0242 of 1250.
14 Sep 74 BFPS 1940 43 Squadron - 34th Anniv. Battle of Britain.Flown in Phantom of 43 Sqn.
Sgn. Pilot & Nay.
Special Signed.Lord Balfour WWI pilot.Joining the King's Royal Rifle Company in 1914, Balfour served in France for 3 months before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps. After training, he served with 60 Squadron in 1916, then returned to Martlesham as a test pilot. Posted to 43 Squadron in 1917, he downed 2 enemy aircraft with the Sopwith 1½ Strutter before he was injured in a crash. Later that year, he was posted to the School of Special Flying at Gosport, then served briefly with 40 Squadron before rejoining 43 Squadron as a Sopwith Camel pilot in 1918. After claiming 7 more victories and receiving a promotion to Major, he assumed command of the training school at Norfolk, remaining there until 1919. Certified Copy of 1000
9 Oct 74 BFPS 1874 Special Churchill Postmark on 4½p Churchill Stamp. 12 Squadron. Flown in Buccaneer from the Squadrons Operational base at RAF Honington in Suffolk to the Albert Canal Bridges at Maastricht in Belgium. To Commemorate The Flight when the Bravery of Flying Officer D E Garland and His Observer Sgt T Gray won the First RAF Victoria Cross of the Second World War.
Signed Buccaneer Crew Pilot Flt Lt A J Carolan & Navigator Flt Lt S I Stringer
No 12 Sqn Signed A Gray & N MacMilliam. WW1 Fighter Pilots 9 Oct 74 BFPS 1874 Special Churchill Postmark 12 Squadron. Flown in Buccaneer from the Squadrons Operational base at RAF Honington in Suffolk to the Albert Canal Bridges at Maastricht in Belgium. To Commemorate The Flight when the Bravery of Flying Officer D E Garland and His Observer Sgt T Gray won the First RAF Victoria Cross of the Second World War. Personally Signed Air Vice Marshal A Gray CB MC WW1 Fighter Pilot Awarded MC For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He took part in many successful operations over the enemy's lines, in over twenty of which he acted as leader. On one occasion, when leading a bombing raid, his formation was heavily attacked by enemy aeroplanes. He shot one of them down, and brought back the whole of his formation safely. He also led a successful raid on an enemy aerodrome, and on several occasions obtained valuable photographs. He has accounted for two enemy aeroplanes with his front gun, and always showed great coolness, ability, and resource."Gray was commissioned into the 7th Battalion of the Princess Louise's (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) in 1915 having briefly served as a private soldier in the Highland Light Infantry in the early days of World War I. He was appointed Officer Commanding No. 55 Squadron in December 1917. He went on to command No. 12 Squadron from 1923 and No. 7 Squadron from 1934 before becoming Deputy Director of Training at the Air Ministry in 1936.During the Second World War he was Station Commander at RAF Manston becoming a Group Captain at Headquarters 9 (Fighter) Group in 1940. He continued his war service as Air Officer Commanding No. 223 (Composite) Group from 1942, Air Officer Commanding No. 224 Group from 1943 and Air Commander at Eastern Air Command from 1944. From February 1945 he was Director of Training at the Air Ministry. He was awarded the United States Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in World War II.After the War he served as Air Officer Commanding AHQ Iraq before retiring in 1949.also Signed by Wg Cdr N MacMillan OBE MC AFC ML AFRAES WW1 Fighter Pilot Wing Commander Norman MacMillan, OBE, MC, AFC, DL (9 August 1892 - 5 August 1976)<Actinic:Variable Name = '1'/> born Glasgow, Scotland was a pilot and author.He served during World War I on the Western Front in 1917-18 with the RFC and RAF, flying Sopwith 1½ Strutter and Sopwith Camel aircraft, becoming an ace by claiming eleven victories and being credited with nine. He would write about these experiences in his book Into the Blue.He was decorated with the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in 1918. He was also awarded the Air Force Cross.Fairey Aviation Chief Test Pilot 1924 - 30. Certified Copy of 1250
RAF29a 10 Sqn 60th Anniv Formation of the Sqn Flown Brize Norton - Hong Kong1 Jan 75 BFPS 1489 10 Squadron 60th Anniversary of Formation of the Squadron . Red Flown cachet flown on VC 10 scheduled flights 2091 & 2725 from RAF Brize Norton via Cypus and the Maldive Islands to the Far East . Brize Norton to Akrotiri , Akrotiri to Gan, Gan to Hong Kong . 4 Backstamps, Akrotiri, Gan, Kai Tak, RAF Brize Norton.
1 Jan 75 BFPS 1489 10 Squadron 60th Anniversary of Formation of the Squadron Pilot Signed .Capt. Sqn Ldr P B Millard with 3½p stamp
1 Jan 75 BFPS 1489 10 Squadron 60th Anniversary of Formation of the Squadron Signed Captain Sqn Ldr P B Millard - 4½p stamp.
RAF FDC 10 Sqn Signed Chapman WW1 Fighter Pilot. 1 Ja 75 Farnborough Hants No 10 Squadron Royal Air Force 60th Anniversary of Formation of the Squadron 1st January 1975. Cover depicts Longhorn S7 1915, Handley Page No 10 Sqn 1930 & VC 10 1975. Red Flown Cachet Flown from RAE Farnborough on a special training flight to RAF Brize Norton in VC 10 of No 10 Registration XV103 Edward Mannock VC. Personally Signed by Air Chief Marshal Sir Ronald Ivelaw In 1917 at the age of 18 he enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps and was posted to No.12 FTS (Flying Training School) at Thetford and then to No.53 FTS at Narborough. He qualified for his Wings in January 1918 and in February, with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, he was posted to No.10 Squadron RFC in France. Here he undertook mainly artillery observation flights along the Western Front and some bombing operations. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and soon after was promoted to the rank of acting Captain, taking over the command of the Squadron 'B' Flight. At the end of the First World War, Flying Officer Ivelaw-Chapman, DFC, RAF volunteered for service overseas and was posted to No.97 Squadron in India in 1919. Ivelaw-Chapman returned to the Air Ministry and was engaged in rewriting the RAF War Manual Part One - Operations. He found this a heavy responsibility as it was clear that war was imminent. Early in World War 2, Ivelaw-Chapman was promoted to Acting Group Captain and took over as station commander of Linton-on-Ouse No.4 Bomber Group. After 10 months he was posted back to London to undertake further staff duties. During this period he was involved in intelligence planning staff work at the highest level which included the D-Day landings. With the rank of Air7 Commodore, he was posted to be a Base Commander in No.1 Group at Elsham Wolds in late 1943. In early May 1944 Ivelaw-Chapman flew in a Lancaster bomber as an extra crew member with Flt. Lt. Max Shearer RNZAF. The target was a large German ammunition dump at Aubigne Racan. After bombing the target the bomber was attacked by a night fighter and shotdown. Only Ivelaw Chapman and the Air Bomber, Sgt. Joe Ford RAAF, were able to escape by parachute. Later captured Vice President of the RAF Escaping Society.Certified Cover of 1248.Signed project officer. Details enclosed
10 Ja 75 Vallet postmark Postmark 13 Squadron Flown Canberra from RAF Luqu , Malta to KAF Eastleigh, Kenya Via Cairo
10 Ja 75 Vallet postmark Postmark 13 Squadron Flown Canberra from RAF Luqu Signed Captain with 5c stamp backstamped with added red cachey RAF Post Office B F P O 51 LUA.
Signed Captain with - l0c stamp on the back.
10 Ja 75 Vallet postmark Postmark 13 Squadron Flown Canberra from RAF Luqu , Malta to KAF Eastleigh, Kenya Via Cairo Special Signed.Kenya - Vice Pres.His Excellency Daniel Arap Moi Backstamps 15 Ja 75 Nairobi Kenya on Large 1'50 Kenya Shell Stamp. Certified Cover no 973 of 1243. Signed J C Gray Cdr Philatelic Officer.
RAF30e RAF30d 60th Anniv Formation of the Squadron Signed Kenya Vice President His Excellency Daniel Arap Moi 10 Jan 75 Valletta 13(PR) Sqn. RAF. 60th Anniversary of the Formation of the Squadron 10th January 1975.Cover depicts 13 Squadron BE2c 2017 in France in 1917 , Hawker Hector K8108 at RAF Odiham in 1937, EE Canberra PR7 WH773 at RAF Luqa 9 Malta ) in 1975 and 13 Squadron badge.Flown in X111 ( PR ) Squadron Canberra WJ821 from RAF Luqa, Malta to KAF Eastleigh, Kenya via Cairo. Subsequently flown from KAF Eastleigh to RAF Luqa via Khartoum, Sana'a Yemen Arab Republic and Cairo. Personally Signed by Field Marshal Lord Harding Territorial Army and Machine Gun Corps, World War I 1914-1918; Lt Somerset Light Infantry 1920; Staff College 1928; World War II 1939-1945; General Officer Commanding Central Mediterranean Force 1946-1947; General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Command 1947-1949; Commander-in-Chief, Far East Land Forces 1949-1951; Commander-in-Chief, British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) 1951-1952; Chief of the Imperial General Staff 1952-1955; Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Cyprus 1955-1957; Director and subsequently Chairman of Plessey Co, Ltd 1962-1970. RAF Ref No 30e Certified copy of of 1175 signed by the Project Officer.l
Rare RAF30bN2 13 Sqn Flown Canberra Special Menu Cachet Pilot Signed 10 Ja 75 Vallet postmark 13 Squadron 60th Anniversay of the Formation of the Squadron. Approx 130 Covers were produced with 1c3m Malta Stamp and Signed by the Captain with a Special Cachet on the front itemising the Menu for the Anniversary lunch held at RAF Luqa on 10 Jan 75. The Flight cachet and 10c Kenya stamp are on the back. See Note 2 in RAFM Reference Book.
Rare 13 Squadron Flown Canberra Flown Malta Signed by Dominic Mintoff Maltese PM10 Ja 75 Vallet postmark Postmark 13 Squadron Flown Canberra from RAF Luqu , Malta to KAF Eastleigh, Kenya Via CairoPersonally Signed byDominic Mintoff was a Maltese politician, journalist, and architect who was leader of the Labour Party from 1949 to 1984, and was Prime Minister of Malta from 1955 to 1958, when Malta was still a British colony, and again, following independence, from 1971 to 1984. also Signed by Bob Theler ?? VF24 USS Belleau WoodBlack & White Photo of Mintoff and Scheer Certified Copy 1 of 5 Signed Hans Rossbach.
1 3 75 Weeze Postmark 15 Squadron Flown in Buccaneer Crew Flt Lt A M Taylor, Navigator Flt Lt Coop.
1 3 75 Weeze Postmark 15 Squadron Flown in Buccaneer Crew Flt Lt A M Taylor, Navigator Flt Lt Coop.Persionally Signed by Flt Lt A M Taylor, Navigator Flt Lt Coop
Personally Signed by Sqn Ldr J.S. Boggis DFC Pilot of Stirling ' MacRobert's Reply ' a 15 Squadron Stirling paid for by Lady MacRobert's of Downside to Commemorate her 3 sons who had lost their lives whilst serving in the RAF.Certified Copy No 1070 of 1250 issued signed project officer Flt Lt Roberson.
RAF31d Signed.Marshal of the Royal Air Force The Lord Elworthy GCB,CBE,DSO,MVO,DFC,AFC,MA. Chief of the Defence Staff August 5th 1967 to April 8th 1971, Pilot on XV Squadron from October 1935 to November 1937. Certified Copy No 43 of 50 issued. Signed by the project Officer Flt Lt Roberson.
24 Mar 75 BFPS 1491 30th Anniversary Operation Varsity, 48 Squadron Flown in Hercules
24 Mar 75 BFPS 1491 30th Anniversary Operation Varsity, 48 Squadron Flown in HerculesSigned Captain 5 ½p Churchill stamp ( 250 issued ) See RAF Reference Book for details
Signed Captain Wg Cdr K G Baynes 7p stamp
RAF 48 Sqn Signed M Tugwell Parachute Regt 24 Mar 75 BFPS 1491 30th Anniversary Operation Varsity . Picture cachet of Bristol F2B 1917, Dakota 1944 & Lockheed Hercules. Red Cachet Dropped with a stick of 13 Paratroops of the Parachute Regiment on Everleigh DZ, on Salisbury Plain from Hercules C Mk1 XV 205 of No 48 Squadron Captain Flt Lt A B Law Personally Signed by Brigadiar Maurice Tugwell who was commissioned as an emergency officer into the Parachute Regiment in June 1944, and became a regular after the war. He served in Palestine, Malaya, Cyprus, the Persian Gulf, Germany, Singapore and Iran, rising to the rank of Brigadiar. He is editor and part author of the Unquiet Peace and author of Airbourne to Battle.Details enclosed. Ceritified Copy of 1173 Signed.
RAF 48 Sqn Signed Pilot Todd 24 Mar 75 BFPS 1491 30th Anniversary Operation Varsity . Picture cachet of Bristol F2B 1917, Dakota 1944 & Lockheed Hercules. Black Flown in Hercules cachet of 48 Sqn from Lyneham to Germany and Return . Red added reflown cachet reflown on the last route flight prior to the disbandment of No 48 Squadron on 9th January 1976. Carried in Hercules C Mk1 XV 293 of 48 Sqn from Lyneham to Bardufoss Norway and return. Personally Signed by Captain Flt Lt J S Todd. Certified Copy No 45 of 1295 Signed.
24 Mar 75 BFPS 1491 30th Anniversary Operation Varsity, 48 Squadron Flown in Britain Norman Islander of the Red Devils. Delivered by former Member R Mortimer. Special Parachute Delivery Signed by R.Mortimer former member of No.2 Fwd.Obs.unit RA Btn.Airborne Division .Who landed by Glider in River Rhein Cross.
8 5 1975 Aisne 30th Anniversary of VE Day No 57 Squadron Flown Victor
Sgn.6Oc Train stamp
Sgn.65c Phoenix stamp
7 5 75 Aisne No 57 Squadron Royal Air Force. 30th Anniversary of VE Day & Operation Exodus The Repatriation by Air of Ex Prisoners of War.Cover depicts 57 Squadron FE2d in France 1917, Avro Lancaster B1 in 1945, HP Victor K1A Tanker XH849 at RAF Marham in 1975 and 57 Squadron Badge. Flown in 57 Sqn Victor XA928 from RAF Gutersloh ( Germany ) to RAF Marham on Air to Air Refuelling sortie.Pilot Sqn Ldr Seymore. Personally Signed by Air Marshal Sir Michael Beetham, 57 Squadron Lancaster Pilot who took part in Operation Exodus in 1945, Air Marshal Sir Ivor Broom OC 57 squadron 1953 to 54 and Air Marshal Sir Machael Gigging OC 57 Squadron 1959 to 1960. With French Liberation 1.00 stamp with Guignicourt Aisne CDS postmark. ( Where Sir Michael Beetham flew Repartriation flights from in 1945. Backstamped RAF Gutersolh & RAF Marham. Certified Copy No of 1226 Covers Signed Project Officer. RAF Ref No
6 Jul 75 BFPS 1513 20 Squadron Open Day at RAF Wildenrath. Flown from RAF Wildenrath to GAF Diepholz and return in one of four Harrier Aircraft of 20 Sqn
6 Jul 75 BFPS 1513 20 Squadron Open Day at RAF Wildenrath. Flown from RAF Wildenrath to to HQ 7th Armoured Brigde Soltau and returned in Harrier GR 3 XW 768 on 30th July 1976 Pilot Flt Lt A L Lowton Personally Signed by Harrier Pilot Flt Lt A L Lowton
RAF34c FDC 20 Sqn Special Signed 3 Pilot 6 Jul 1975 BFPS 1513 RAF Wildenrath Special Postmark. RAF 20 Squadron Royal Air Force Open Day at RAF Wildenrath 6th Air Force .Cover depicts WW1 Bristol Scout 1916 Hurricane 1944 & Harrier Personally Signed by Air Vice Marshal R.P.Harding , Mentioned in despatches , took command 20 SQn 1946,flying Spitfires , flying tours with 256 & 96 Sqns. Appointed Officer Commanding RAF Valley July 1965 Air Chief Marshall Sir Patrick Hine . He became Air Officer C in C for RAF Strike Command and C in C for the UK Air Forces in 1988 to 91. He has also been the Military Adviser to British Aerospace Plc since 1992 . He served with Nos 1, 93, 111 Sqns from 1952 to 69. Also during this time was a member of Treble One's famous Black Arrows aerobatic team. He then Commanded No 92 Sqn in 1962 to 64. flew Lightings. & Wg.Cdr.D.C.G.Brook Was hunter Pilot 1 Sqn, joined 14 Sqn Still flying HuntersTook over commandard of 20 SQn in January 1974. Full details enclosed. Certified 255 of 1250 Signed Project Officer.
RAF34e Reflown Open Day Flown in Harrier Signed Harrier Pilot Capt T E Mattke6 Jul 75 BFPS 1513 Postmark 20 Squadron Open Day at RAF Wildenrath. Cover issued specially for the open day and Flown in Harrier XW272 with a single cachet 'Dieses Cuvert wurde am 3.Juli 1975 in einem Harrier - Flugzeug der 20.Staffel geflogen 'Personally Signed by Harrier Pilot Capt T E Mattke US Marine Corps. Certified Copy no 314 of 450 Signed M J Smith Sqn Ldr RAF. 2 Backstamps Purple RAF Station Wildenrath Open Day 6th July 1975 & Red RAF Statiom Wildenrath.
6 Jul 75 BFPS 1513 20 Squadron Open Day at RAF Wildenrath. Flown from RAF Wildenrath to GAF Diepholz and return in one of four Harrier Aircraft of 20 Sqn Reflown in Harrierfrom Sennelager training area to RAF Wildenrath on 16th September 1976 at the Conclusion of 20 Squadron's last deployment equipped with Harriers and signed by the Pilot Wg Cdr Chaplin Officer Commanding 20 Sqn. Certified Copy No 80 of 229 numbered & issued. Detailed cachet on the back.
15 Aug 75 BFPS 1492 30th Anniversary of VJ Day Special Postmark No 101 Squadron Royal Air Force. 30th Anniversary of VJ Day Flown from RAF Waddington in Vulcan B Mk2 XM575 on a Training Sortie.
Flown in Vulcan RAF 101 Sqn Signed 5 Vulcan Crew15 Aug 75 BFPS1492 30th Anniversary V-J Day.No 101 Squadron RAF Blue flown cachet. Taken from RAF Waddington in Vulcan B MK2 XM 575 on a training Sortie comprising Bombing and Navigation at High and Low Level over the United Kingdon and North Sea. Personally Signed by Vulcan Crew Captain Flt Lt R M Aspinall, Co - Pilot Fg Off A N Ryder, Nav Radar Flt Lt Critchley, Nav Plotter Flt Lt J E Clark, Air Electronics Sqn Ldr B R Drake.
30th Anniversary of VJ Day Reflown Vulcan Signed Pilot Wg Cdr A Woodford.15 Aug 75 BFPS 1492 30th Anniversary of VJ Day Special Postmark No 101 Squadron Royal Air Force. 30th Anniversary of VJ Day Flown from RAF Waddington in Vulcan B Mk2 XM575 on a Training Sortie.With added Red Cachets 60th Anniversary of 101 Sqn 1917 - 1977 and Reflown over Buckingham Palace on 11 June 1977 in a Flypast of 25 Aircraft, to mark the official Celebrationof the Queen's Birthday in the lead aircraft Vulcan B2 XM 606 of 101 Sqn. Personally Signed by the Vulcan Captain Wg Cdr A A G Woodford. Certified Cover 53 of 500 Signed Flt Lt Flemmings 101 Sqn Project Officer.
31 Aug 75 BFPS 1916 46 Disbandment of the Squadron . Picture cachet of Neuport 12 1916 , Hawker Hurricane and Andover.
Signed Captain Sqn Ldr B Smith
RAF FDC No 46 Sqn Signed WW1 Pilot Flt Lt 'Bunny' Partridge who joined 46 Squadron in 1918 & Dean No 46 Squadron Royal Air Force Disbandment of the Squadron 31st August 1975. Cover depicts 46 Sqn Neuport 12 in France 1916,Hurricane 1 in 1940, Hawker Siddeley Andover C Mk 1 . Personally Signed by Dr Hussey Dean of Chichester who received the Squadron Standard and Flt Lt 'Bunny' Partridge who joined 46 Squadron in 1918 flying Sopwith Camels in opposition to Richthofen's Circus which was then commanded by Hermann Goring. Whilst returning from a Trench strafing sortie in 1918 he crashed and lost a leg. 46 Sqn Pilot in 1918 .Originally trained with the RNAS but joined No 46 Squadron. Certified Copy No of 1250.
Special as above but Signed by Rt Hon Roy Mason MP 100 numbered & issued.
RAF36aB £7.95 As RAF 37a But Signed by Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Dermot Boyle GCB, KCVO,KBE,AFC Chief of the Air Staff 1956 59 who strongly supported the need for the RAF Museum and has continued to work vigorously for the benefit of the RAF Museum.
15 Sep 75 BFPS 1517 35th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, No 111 Squadron Royal Air Force
Signed by Sgn. Pilot Sqn Ldr M J Bettell & Navigator Flt Lt D Trotter. .
Special Signed.Air Cdr.P.A.Latham
21 Dec 75 Jersey. Honouring 56 ( F ) Squadron RAF Flown lightning
RAF 56 Sqn Signed Newman WW1 fighter pilot.9 10 75 Doullens Honouring No 56 (F) Squadron.Black flown in Lighting cachet.Cover depicts 56 Squadron SE5 in France in 1917, Haker Typoon in 1943, BAC Lighting F6 XR761 at RAF Wattisham in 1975 and 56 Squadron badge .These covers were franked at the nearest town to the air battles fought by No 56 ( F ) Squadron in the First World War. They were then flown from Luxeuil to Wattisham.Personally Signed by Mr.R.C.Newman RAF 1915 to 1919.WW1 fighter pilot .Compatriot of Albert Ball VC,and who served at Vert Galand 5 Apr 1917 on the arrival of 56(F) sqn on the Somme.Cover Certified no
as RAF38cbut R C Newman Signature missing but Signed by a General Adolf Galland (head of the Luftwaffe's fighters and an ace with over 100 aerial victories), Erich Rudorffer KC, OL,S. 1000 missions, 222 victories. Shot down 16 times.Flew in Battle of Britian with JG 54.Alan W Gear DFC 32 Hurricane Sqn, Battle of Britain fighter pilot.Sqn Ldr G Leggett 615, 245 & 46 Battle of Britain fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr H.M.T.Heron 266 & 46 Sqn Battle of Britain Fighter pilot.Avis Hearn awarded M M for Bravery during Battle of Britain whilst under stuka attack on poling radar station Aug 1940.Trevor Gray 64 Sqn Sqn Battle of Britain fighter pilot .
26 Feb 76 Jersey Postmark on 5p Jersey Aircraft RAFA Stamp 203 Squadron
As RAF39a but Signed Nimrod Pilot Captain Flt Lt D G Esson
Special Signed. Nicholas .Monsarrat On the outbreak of the WAr joined RNVR. (AUTHOR)
as RAF39a but Signed by Sir Dermot Alexander BOYLE, Marshal of the RAF
RAF40a 60th Anniv No 35 Squadron Flown in Vulcan B2 XJ825 RAF Scampton1 Feb 76 BFPS1522 60th Anniversary of No 35 Squadron flown cachet Flown in Vulcan B2 XJ825 RAF Scampton on Night Bombing and Navigation Sortie. Flight time 5 hours 15 mins. Backstamped RAF Scampton
RAF No 35 Sqn Flown in Vulcan Signed Crew 1 Feb 76 BFPS1522 Postmark on 6 ½ p stamp 60th Anniversary of No 35 Squadron.Blue flown cachet Flown in Vulcan B2 XJ825 from RAF Scampton 60n 0530W 5LN RAF Scampton on a night Bombing and Navigation Sortie. Flight time 5 hours 15 Minutes.Personally Signed by 5 members of the Vulcan crew Capt C R Allkins,Co Pilot Flt Lt D J Daulby,Nav Rad Flt Lt G P Turfrey,Nav Plot Flt Lt M Ingham,AEO Sqn Ldr E R Hannaford..
RAF No 35 Sqn Flown in Vulcan Signed Bennett pathfinder.1 Feb 76 BFPS1522 60th Anniversary of No 35 Squadron Brown flown cachet Flown in Vulcan XL 443 RAF Marham to RAF Scampton on Bombing and Navigation Sortie. Flight time 2 hours 40 Minutes. Personally Signed by Air Vice Marshal D C T Bennett. He was initially told that he would be appointed a Group Capt in Training Command, but when this was downgraded to Squadron Leader, he declined the offer, He was eventually granted the rank of Wing Commander and sent to establish a Navigation School at Eastbourne. Having successfully set up this school, he requested an active assignment and was appointed CO of No 77 Squadron. He flew on operations as often as possible but always with a different crew by replacing that crew's pilot, that way he was able to assess the efficiency of all his crews. April 1942 brought a move to the command of No 10, newly equipped with the four-engined Halifax. Later the same month (27th), he took part in a combined raid by No's 10, 35 and 76 squadron against the Tirpitz. Hit by flak his aircraft caught fire and he set course for Sweden. Unable to make Sweden he ordered his crew to bale out whilst he remained at the controls before making his own escape. Landing in deep snow he located his wireless operator and with the help of friendly Norwegians he managed to cross the border into Sweden and eventually return to Britain resuming command of his squadron one month after baling out and to receive an immediate DSO. However, when No 10 Sqn was posted to the Middle East, he did not accompany them as he was summoned to HQ Bomber Command to see the AOC in C, Arthur Harris, his old CO from the flying boat days. Certified copy No of 1250 .
Signed by D.L.Perry DFM & Bar & N.C.Stevens 35 Sqn. Flt.Eng.