ES1aCA

ES1aCA


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4 11 71 18d Colditz Postmark. Return to Oflag 7c & Colditz Castle Special Postmark. Cover depicts Colditz Castle.Colditz Castle. Was where the Germans hold troublesome and highly prized prisoners of the Allied Officers in WW2. Cover taken to Colditz Castle Oflag IVC, Via the former site of Oflag VIIC near Stuttgart and to RAF Gatow, Berlin from where it was flown to RAF Wildenrath in Varsity T1 WF375 and then flown to RAF Northolt UK in Pembroke XF 796. Norman address in Violet 2 black backstamps RAF Northold & Townsend Thoresen ferries.

ES1aEA

ES1aEA


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4 11 71 18a Colditz Postmark. Return to Oflag 7c & Colditz Castle Special Postmark. Norman address in Violet 2 black backstamps RAF Northold & Townsend Thoresen ferries.

ES1aFA

ES1aFA


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As above but 4 11 71 19 d Colditz Postmark Norman address in Violet 2 black backstamps RAF Northold & Townsend Thoresen ferries.

ES1aAA

ES1aAA


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3 11 71 18a Colditz Postmark. Return to Oflag 7c & Colditz Castle Special Postmark. Norman address in Violet 2 black backstamps RAF Northold & Townsend Thoresen ferries.

ES1bFA

ES1bFA


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RAF ES1 Return to Oflag 7c & Colditz Castle.
4 11 71 19d Colditz Postmark. Return to Oflag 7c & Colditz Castle Special Postmark. Cover depicts Colditz Castle.Colditz Castle. Was where the Germans hold troublesome and highly prized prisoners of the Allied Officers in WW2. Cover taken to Colditz Castle Oflag IVC, Via the former site of Oflag VIIC near Stuttgart and to RAF Gatow, Berlin from where it was flown to RAF Wildenrath in Varsity T1 WF375 and then flown to RAF Northolt UK in Pembroke XF 796.by Captains Flt L Butcher and Flt Lt H F Weedon. Personally Signed by Captain Flt Lt L Butcher. 2 black backstamps RAF Northold & Townsend Thoresen ferries..

ES1aB

ES1aB


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Signed by Captain M. Burn KRR Captured 28 March 1942 during the Commando raid on St Nazaire. Arrived Colditz 9th August 1943. Awarded the MC for the raid on St Nazaire.Youngest ever foreign editor of Times

ES1c

ES1c


Price: 175.00

4 11 71 Colditz Postmark. Return to Oflag 7c & Colditz Castle Special Postmark. Cover depicts Colditz Castle.Colditz Castle. Was where the Germans hold troublesome and highly prized prisoners of the Allied Officers in WW2. Cover taken to Colditz Castle Oflag IVC, Via the former site of Oflag VIIC near Stuttgart and to RAF Gatow, Berlin from where it was flown to RAF Wildenrath in Varsity T1 WF375 and then flown to RAF Northolt UK in Pembroke XF 796.2 black backstamps RAF Northold & Townsend Thoresen ferries.
Special Signed by Lieutenant Airey Neave was one of the first to get away from Colditz and escaped into Switzerland. Had to be removed from Switzerland via Spain to get back to the UK

ES1cB

ES1cB


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4 11 71 Colditz Postmark. Return to Oflag 7c & Colditz Castle Special Postmark. Cover depicts Colditz Castle.Colditz Castle. Was where the Germans hold troublesome and highly prized prisoners of the Allied Officers in WW2. Cover taken to Colditz Castle Oflag IVC, Via the former site of Oflag VIIC near Stuttgart and to RAF Gatow, Berlin from where it was flown to RAF Wildenrath in Varsity T1 WF375 and then flown to RAF Northolt UK in Pembroke XF 796.2 black backstamps RAF Northold & Townsend Thoresen ferries.
Special Signed by Major P R Reid one of the few to escape from Colditz and escaped into Switzerland. Remained in Switerland after the end of the war. serving as an assistant Military Attache in Berne from 9th March until early 1946 , and receiving promotion to Temporary Major on 1 November 1945. He was unusually discreet about his duties there, but in fact working for the Secret intelligence Service ( M16) gathering intelligence from arriving escapees.


ES1cAED

ES1cAED


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Variety Signed by Lt Col A M S Neave The first successful escape from Colditz by a British Officer on 5th January 1942 accompanied by Lt Luteyn of the Dutch Army, who walked from the camp dressed in German Uniforms and eventually reached Switzerland with 20,25,30 & 50Ptg Air Stamps Postmark 4.11.71-18 a with Backstamps as ES1aFA and Black Car Middle Right, addressee RAFES Norman etc in Violet & Olive Flight Cachet of the Reverve.

ES2a

ES2a


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ES2 Comet Line
2 6 72 Bruxelles 1040 Brussel Special Postmark. Retour aux Pyrenees This Cover was taken from Waterloo, Belgium the HQ of Reseau Comete by members of the Comet line to Bayonne France and from there flown to RAF Northolt, England via Jersey in D.H.Devon Mk2, WB533 of No 21 Sqn

ES2b

ES2b


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ES2c

ES2c


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Escape Route The Comet Line Signed by 3 Resistance & 1 Shot down escaper
2 6 72 Bruxelles 1040 Brussel Special Postmark. Retour aux Pyrenees This Cover was taken from Waterloo, Belgium the HQ of Reseau Comete by members of the Comet line to Bayonne France and from there flown to RAF Northolt, England via Jersey in D.H.Devon Mk2, WB533 of No 21 Sqn
Personally Signed by W.J.Brazill RAF Escaping Society Chairman Shot down 16th September 1942 Navigator on Wellington Bomber found by the Comet Line and sheltered for six weeks
Baron J.A.de Blommaert de Soye under suspicion by the Germans escaped to England and there underwent training for subsequent parachuted missions into France. He rejoined his former Comet Companions and organized escaped airmen's camps in the forest of Freteval.
Madame Fernand De Greef was decorated with the George Medal. Known throughout the war as Tante Go her word for the Allies commenced in Anglet near Bayonne in 1941 Belgium Resistance Workers &
Madame Michou Ugeux was decorated with the George Medal. Her Parents and sister were arrested and she continued on her own collecting fallen airmenand preparing their dispatch out of occupied territory. Under suspicion in 1943 she went underground to continue her work with the Comet Line. In 1944 she left Belgium to join Madame De Greet near Bayonne, and despite German search warrants continued to go to and from Belgium to France escorting evading aircrew. Belgium Resistance Workers. Full details enclosed.

ES2bR

ES2bR


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Signed by Gp.Capt.Randle who escaped via the Comet line

ES3a

ES3a


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15 X11 72 Veldpost The Biesbosch (Netherlands) Flown from Gilze Rijen to RAF Northolt in a Devon.

ES3b

ES3b


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ES3cB

ES3cB


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As ES3cA Above but with added Prince Bernhard Stamp. (few Issued. )

ES3bR

ES3bR


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AS ES3b but also Signed by Gp Capt Randle WW11 Wellington pilot also a evader when his Wellington was shot down. Went down the Comet line.

ES4a

ES4a


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20 V11 1973 Zagan Return to Stalag Luff III Return to Stalag Luff III Carried by courier from Zagan Poland to RAF Gatow a distance of 178 miles by Sqn Ldr M G Ralph. Flown in Varsity from RAF Gatow to RAF Oakington via RAF Wildenwrath .

ES4b

ES4b


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Return to Stalag Luff III Flown in Varsity Signed by Pilot Flt Lt D S Jackson.
20 V11 1973 Zagan Return to Stalag Luff III Carried by courier from Zagan Poland to RAF Gatow a distance of 178 miles by Sqn Ldr M G Ralph. Flown in Varsity from RAF Gatow to RAF Oakington via RAF Wildenwrath .

Personally Signed by Pilot Captain : Flt Lt D S Jackson.

ES5a

ES5a


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21 5 1973 Paris Return to France, Flown from Le Bourget to RAF Lyneham in Comet

ES5b

ES5b


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21 5 1973 Paris Return to France, Flown from Le Bourget to RAF Lyneham in Comet Pilot signed Wg P Walker.

ES5c

ES5c


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Special Signed. Special Signed by Madane Helene Jullien Helper in Comete Escape route operating the 'Leclerc Line' arrested in June 1943 deported to Ravensbruck concentration camp,Rene Picard member of the French Air Force in 1939 to 40. Taken prisoner in June 1940, escaped in 1943. Was interned in Hungary escaped again and joined a group of French Fighters in Slovakia against the Germans,Jean Marti son of a help, whom he was assisting in 1939 to 40 when he was wounded. Posted to occupied France, joined a military Resistance group, then made his way to Spain, was interned, released and then joined the free French Air Force in Britain serving with 345 & 347 Squadrons. Details enclosed

ES6a

ES6a


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14 6 73 Luxembourg Return to Luxembourg flown Luxembourg to RAF Northolt

ES6b

ES6b


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ES6cA

ES6cA


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ES 6c Return to Luxembourg Signed 3 Resistance helpers
14 6 73 Luxembourg Cover depicts Luxembourg City, RAFES badge & L’Armee Secrete logo, During WW2 many Aircrew passed through Luxembourg on their way to freedom and were helped on their way by individuals and L’Armee Secrete. The secret Army. Flown in 32 Sqn Andover from Luxembourg to RAF Northolt
Personally Signed by Ferdinand Fischbach - Schilz operated in the Belgian & Luxembourg Resistance throughout the War. Assisted and sheltered several RAF Aircrew and was decorated by both Belgian & Luxembourg Governments for Resistance activities. Operated underground newspaper and escape line to South. President of L’Armee Secrete Les Insoumis for post 17 Years .Represents RAFES in Luxembourg
Robert Bach Member of L’Armee Secrete Les Insoumis thoughout the War. Was active in Belgium in assisting escaping airmen,sabotage, and other clandestine activities.
Albert Kauthen Member of L’Armee Secrete Les Insoumis thoughout the War. Was active in Belgium and Luxembourg . Was link in Escape route and took part in Sabotage and other anti Nazi activities.in assisting escaping airmen,sabotage, and other clandestine activities.1250 issued.Official Special ES6c cover.

ES6d

ES6d


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Special Reflown cover on a tour by Air Chief Marshal Sir Lewis Hodges KCB CBE DSO DFC who is a Vice President of the RAF Escaping Society. Personally Signed by ACM Sir Lewis Hodges . Only 145 numbered & issued.

ES7a

ES7a


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Escape Asia Bridge over the River Kwai
10 6 74 Bangkok CDS ( Thailand)Escape from South East Asia ( The Bridge of the River Kwai )Cover depicts the River Kwai in Thailand, Flown

ES7b

ES7b


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Escape Asia Bridge over the River Kwai Signed by the Pilot in English Sqn Ldr Sutea Somsiri.
10 6 74 Bangkok CDS ( Thailand)Escape from South East Asia ( The Bridge of the River Kwai )Cover depicts the River Kwai in Thailand, Flown from the Royal Thai Air Force Base at Kamphaeng Saen to the Bridge over the River Kwai along the Burma Siam Railway and over part of the area where force 136 and No 257 ( Special Duties ) Squadron operated. Signed by the Pilot in English Sqn Ldr Sutea Somsiri.

ES7c

ES7c


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ES7d

ES7d


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Escape Asia Bridge over the River Kwai Signed 2 involved
10 6 74 Bangkok CDS ( Thailand)Escape from South East Asia ( The Bridge of the River Kwai )Cover depicts the River Kwai in Thailand, RAFES badge and Thai logo,British Forces 136 of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) operated in the jungles to help train the Free Siamese Movement, assit escapers ( including a few lucky ones who escaped from the building of the notorious Burma Siam Railway and attack the Japanese. Force 136 was supported by 357 ( Special Duties ) Squadron, Commanded by Wg Cdr ( now Air Chief Marshal Sir Lewis) Hodges, Vice President of the RAF Escaping Society. Flown by Thai International Airline DC8 63 HS TGS from Heathrow ( London ) to Bangkok ( Thailand) by Captain Krisnampok then in Royal Thai Air Force ,Siai Marchetti SF 260M Base from Royal Thai Air Force at Kamphaeng along the Burma Siam Railway to The Bridge on the River Kwai over areas where Force 136 and 357 (Special Duties ) Squadron operated and return by Sqn Ldr Sutes Somsiri RTAF then in Thai International DC8 33 HS TGS from Bangkok to Singapore and in 10 Sqn.
Personally Signed by ACM Sir Lewis Hodges, former CO of 357 ( Special duties ) Squadron etc, Khun Praphot Paurohitya ( Code name Noon ) a founder member of the Free Siamese element of Force 136 which he joined in 1943 Noon was a member of a three man team ( Code name Coupling ) which parachuted into Siam on the 5th December 1944. The team carried out 58 operations during which they prepared numerous landing grounds and DZs, received and dispatched Agents,Recruits POWs and Arms and helped train the Free Siamese Movement. Certified copy number of 1260. three different signed specials issued each signed 420. RAF Ref No ES7d

ES7e

ES7e


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Escape Asia Bridge over the River Kwai Signed 2 involved
10 6 74 Bangkok CDS ( Thailand)Escape from South East Asia ( The Bridge of the River Kwai )Cover depicts the River Kwai in Thailand, RAFES badge and Thai logo,British Forces 136 of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) operated in the jungles to help train the Free Siamese Movement, assit escapers ( including a few lucky ones who escaped from the building of the notorious Burma Siam Railway and attack the Japanese. Force 136 was supported by 357 ( Special Duties ) Squadron, Commanded by Wg Cdr ( now Air Chief Marshal Sir Lewis) Hodges, Vice President of the RAF Escaping Society. Flown by Thai International Airline DC8 63 HS TGS from Heathrow ( London ) to Bangkok ( Thailand) by Captain Krisnampok then in Royal Thai Air Force ,Siai Marchetti SF 260M Base from Royal Thai Air Force at Kamphaeng along the Burma Siam Railway to The Bridge on the River Kwai over areas where Force 136 and 357 (Special Duties ) Squadron operated and return by Sqn Ldr Sutes Somsiri RTAF then in Thai International DC8 33 HS TGS from Bangkok to Singapore and in 10 Sqn.
Personally Signed by ACM Sir Lewis Hodges, former CO of 357 ( Special duties ) Squadron etc, His Highness The Prince Karawik Chakrabandhu ( Code name Rasmi) a founder of the Free Siamese element of Force 136. Took part in Operation Influx during which personnel and equipment were ferried to Thailand and Recruits brought out of training in May 1945. This team's task was to set up a camp from which they could harass the Japanese on their retreat.
With Thai letter writing 3b Thailand stamp ,red cachet ,red Devon cachet on reverse & violet Bangkok & Blue RAF Akrotiri backstamp. Flown from the Singapore forces base at Tengah to RAF Akrotiri Cyprus over the period 6th to 19th July 1974.and Signed by Captain Flt Lt Mitchell & Navigator and project Officer Flt Lt Downey.Certified Copy No of 1260 Three different signed specials issued each signed 420. RAF Ref No ES7e


ES7f

ES7f


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Escape Asia Bridge over the River Kwai Signed 2 involved
10 6 74 Bangkok CDS ( Thailand)Escape from South East Asia ( The Bridge of the River Kwai )Cover depicts the River Kwai in Thailand, RAFES badge and Thai logo,British Forces 136 of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) operated in the jungles to help train the Free Siamese Movement, assit escapers ( including a few lucky ones who escaped from the building of the notorious Burma Siam Railway and attack the Japanese. Force 136 was supported by 357 ( Special Duties ) Squadron, Commanded by Wg Cdr ( now Air Chief Marshal Sir Lewis) Hodges, Vice President of the RAF Escaping Society. Flown by Thai International Airline DC8 63 HS TGS from Heathrow ( London ) to Bangkok ( Thailand) by Captain Krisnampok then in Royal Thai Air Force ,Siai Marchetti SF 260M Base from Royal Thai Air Force at Kamphaeng along the Burma Siam Railway to The Bridge on the River Kwai over areas where Force 136 and 357 (Special Duties ) Squadron operated and return by Sqn Ldr Sutes Somsiri RTAF then in Thai International DC8 33 HS TGS from Bangkok to Singapore and in 10 Sqn.
Personally Signed by ACM Sir Lewis Hodges, former CO of 357 ( Special duties ) Squadron etc, His Highness The Prince Varanand ( Code name Nicky )who joined the RAF in WW2 ( and retired in 1960 ) a founder of the Free Siam Movement parachuted into Siam by 357 Squadron with Force 136 for various missions.With Thai letter writing 3b Thailand stamp ,red cachet ,red Devon cachet on reverse & violet Bangkok & Blue RAF Akrotiri backstamp. Flown from the Singapore forces base at Tengah to RAF Akrotiri Cyprus over the period 6th to 19th July 1974.and Signed by Captain Flt Lt Mitchell & Navigator and project Officer Flt Lt Downey.71 of 1260 numbered & issued.


ES7g

ES7g


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Personally Signed by Sir Alec Guiness who portrayed the senior British Officer. Col Nicholson in the film The Bridge over the River Kwai. Certified Copy No 91 of 264

ES8a

ES8a


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15 10 74 Geneve Postmark Escape to Switzerland Carried and Flown Green Cachet with Red Grenoble Isere added cachet.

ES8b

ES8b


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15 10 74 Geneve Postmark Escape to Switzerland Carried and Flown Green Cachet with Red Grenoble Isere added cachet. Pilot signed

ES8c

ES8c


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Escape from Switzerland Signed Fg Off P W Walker who was shot down over France
15 10 74 Geneve Aeroport CDS Retour En Suisse. Cover depicts the Schaffhausen Salient in the Alps,RAFES badge and Swiss emblem.The First WW2 escaped from a German POW camp was made via Schaffhausen by 11 RAF POW's into Switzerland. Later Colditz Castle escapers Lt Col 'Airey Neave and Maj 'Pat' Reid and many others, including 627 Mosquito Squadron Navigator Fg Off Walker. As the air link between the UK and Switzerland was usually impossible, most escapers had to go via the Grenoble escape route operated by the French Resistance then either direct to the French Coast or over the Payrenees into Spain. Carried from Germany via Schaffhausen Salient to Geneva, then via Grenoble, Dijon, Rheims, St Quentin, St Omer, Calais, by sea to Dover and flown in 72 Sqn Wessex HR2 helicopter XJ725 from Dover to Battersea Heliport ( London ). Backstamped black Westland London and violet RAF Escaping Society.
Personally signed by Fg Off P W Walker who was shot down over France,was a navigator of a Mosquito of 627 Sqn attacking Berlin. was helped by the local resistance fighters and hidden in safe houses in Northern France and then Paris. From here he was advise to attempt to get to Switzerland and so by stages and with the help of the Maquis he walked to Les Rousses, 2 miles from the Swiss border , from where he entered Switzerland during the night of February 22nd 1944.
He declared himself as an Escaper once in Switzerland but had little option but to remain there until the Allied invasion of France. He then made arrangement with French Resistance members in Zurich and Geneva to return to France with the object of joining the Maquis and getting to the Allied lines or by escape route to Spain . In July 1944 he was captured by Swiss guards in the act of climbing the barbed wire at the frontier and committed to Geneva prison. On release in August 1944 he planned his second attempt this time in a much more uninhabited area in the mountains and successfully crossed the frontier at 2235 metres on September 1st 1944. He rejoined the Maquis at Abondance in France and got back and rejoined his unit on September 19th 1944. Full details enclosed.
Certified Copy no 419 of 998 Signed by W.S.O. Randle WW11 Wellington pilot evader Shot down Wellington Pilot.


ES9a

ES9a


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20 9 74 Goteborg Escape to Sweden. This cover has retraced the steps taken by members of the Royal Air Force who escaped from Prisoner of War Camps in Northern Germany and made their way to Sweden.It arrived at Gotebury by Sea and then taken by rail to Stockholm.From there it was flown by Seven Seas carrier to England to be collected by No 72 Sqn and flown from Odiham to Battersea Heliport next to the Headquarters of the RAF Escaping Society in Wessex

ES9bA

ES9bA


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Crew signed but with 75 ore Samuel Flowen Sweden Stamp.

ES10a

ES10a


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13 6 75 Overijse Special Echappes de Belgique . Cover depicts Cadet Pilots Divoy and Donnet approaching Thorpe le Soken in their stolen Stampe SV4B, Escape to Belgique

ES10b

ES10b


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Pilot signed Captain P J C Phillips

ES10c

ES10c


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Escape by Air from Belgium Signed 2 involved Cdt L Divoy & M Donnet in 1941
13 6 75 Overijse Special Echappes de Belgique . Cover depicts Cadet Pilots Divoy and Donnet approaching Thorpe le Soken in their stolen Stame SV4B, RAFES badge and Belgian Air Force Pilot's Wings.Blue flown cachet . On 14th June 1975 this escape was recalled when they flew again flew a Stampe SV4B from Coxyde, Belgium, Via Calais, Southend on Sea to Thorpe Le Soken flight time 1hr 48 mins Pilot Lt Gen Baron Michael Donnet.
In July 1941 Cadet Pilots Leon Divoy ( Pilot ) and Michael Donnet ( Co Pilot ) escaped from Belgium in a rebuilt Stampe SV4B from Terbloc to Thorpe Le Soken. Both joined the RAF .
Personally Signed by Cdt Leon Divoy and Lt Gen Baron Michel Donnet.
Leon Divoy was involved in a mid air collision 4th April 1942 when on patrol together over St Omer,and escaped by Parachute only to be captured became a POW in Stalag Luft 3 Zagen and was active in many escapers. After WW11 became a Sabena Airline Pilot.
Michael Donnet In the second World War took part in the campaign of May 1940 with the 9th reconnaissance squadron. Prisoner of War from 1st June 1940 and was re-patriated to Belgium on the 10th January1941 after passing through 11 different prisoners camps.
On the night of the 4th /5th july 1941, he escaped from occupied Belgian in a training aircraft which had been kept in a heavily guared German Ammunition depot..Having arrived in great Britain he joined the RAF on the 26 July 1941 .He underwent fighter training in No 61 operation training unit and on the 6th September was posted to No 64 fighter squadron ,equipped with Spitfires. In this Sqn took part in fighter operational missions from September 1941 to November 1943.He commanded No 64 Sqn from March 1943 until November 1943.He took part in the operations against the cruisers Sharnhorst and Gneisenau, in the Dieppe Operation and in the provision of fighter escort for the first of the United States Flying Fortresses missions..in March 1944 appointed to command No 350 sqn,which was the first Belgian Sqn formed in Great Britain.As commander of the Sqn took part notably in the support operations for the landings in Normandy, operations againsty the flying bomb, the arnhem operation and in fighter escort of strategic bombers. November 1944 promoted to Wing Commander and appointed to command the Hawkinge Wing comprising Nos 432,440 (Canadian)450 (Australian)and 611 Squadrons. Total offensive operation undertaken by General Donnet were 375,comprising 615 operational flying hours.He was credited with 4 victories and 5 enemy aircraft damaged. He took part in the destruction of enemy vehicles, locomotives, ships and submaries. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Croix de Guerre.
Detailed incert enclosed. Certified Cover No 469 of 997 Signed by W S O Randle WW11 Wellington Pilot & evader.Details enclosed.

ES11a

ES11a


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Flurt FRA Norge

ES11b

ES11b


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Pilot signed

ES11c

ES11c


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Escape from Norway Signed AVMarshal Bennett
1 9 75 Sola ( Norway ) Cover depicts fishing boat in Norwegian Fjord, also RAFES &Royal Norwegian Air Force badges.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 Cover No of 980 Signed by Project Officer.

ES12a

ES12a


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5 5 75 Aeroporto Postmark Ritorna Indietro In Italian Escape From Italy

Es12b

Es12b


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ES12c

ES12c


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ES12c Escape From Italy Sir Ronald Ivelaw Chapman WW1 Veteran & WW11 Baled Out & captured
5 5 75 Aeroporto Postmark Ritorna Indietro In Italian Escape From Italy Flown in Andover of No 46 Sqn from Leonardo Da Vinci ( Fiumicino) Airport Rome to RAF Northolt on 5 May 1975 with a party of Italian World War 11 helpers and dependents and reflown on 26 - 28 August 1975 from Thorney Island to Northolt, Wildenrath and Gutersloh and return on the penultimate task before the Squadron disbanded on 31 August 1975.
Personally Signed by Air Chief Marshal Sir Ronald Ivelaw Chapman GCB KBE DFC
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 No 907 of 1248.Signed project officer. Details enclosed


ES13a

ES13a


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Devolver A los Piernos

ES13b

ES13b


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Es14d

Es14d


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20 Apr 76 Singapore Escape from Singapore Flown in Short Skyvan of No 121 Squadron Republic of Singapore Air Flown also Flown Cathay Pacific Airlines from Hong Kong to Singapore anf Return
Special Signed by Mountbatten of Burma. Admiral of the Fleet . In September 1945 Lord Mountbatten accepted , on behalf of the allies, the surrender of the Japanese Forces in Singapore. 159 numbered and Certified

ES15a

ES15a


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5 76 Kobenhavn Lufthaven CDS ( Denmark )Flugt Gennem Denmark.Cover depicts Merchantship , Tug and statue in Copenhagen Harbour, RAFES badge and Resistance logo. About 400 Allied Airman were shot down over Denmark, some 100 evaded and with the help of the Danish people,Special Operations Executive (SOE) Agents & the Danish Resistance, reached safety in Sweden.Flown in Royal Danish Air Force C 54 from RDAF Vaerlose to RAF Northolt.

ES15b

ES15b


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ES15b4

ES15b4


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As ES ES15 b But Signed by Avis Hearn MM ( won her Military Medal at Polling Radar Station Sussex Aug 1940John Keatings Air Gunner with 219 Sqn Battle of Britain,R.L.Jones 64 & 19 Sqns Battle of Britain Fighter pilot ,Alan W Gear 32 Hurricane Sqn, Battle of Britain fighter pilot."

ES16a

ES16a


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30th Anniv of RAF Escaping Society. Air Chief Marshal Sir Basil .E. EmbryCover depicts Air Chief Marshal Sir Basil E Embry in a Blenheim 4 leading 107 Squadron over Pas de Calais in May 1940, RAFES badge and 12th Region Militaire logo.. In 1940 ACM Sir Basil Embry, then a Wing Commander & OC 107 Squadron, was shot down in a Blenheim near St Omer in France. Sir Basil Embry and his navigator Wg Cdr ( then Plty Off)whiting

ES16b

ES16b


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ES16c

ES16c


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ACM Sir Basil Embry 30th Anniv Escaping Society Signed 3
15 Sep 76 BFPS 1547 30th Anniversary Royal Air Force Escaping Society. Cover depicts Air Chief Marshal Sir Basil E Embry in a Blenheim 4 leading 107 Squadron over Pas de Calais in May 1940, RAFES badge and 12th Region Militaire logo.. In 1940 ACM Sir Basil Embry, then a Wing Commander & OC 107 Squadron, was shot down in a Blenheim near St Omer in France. Sir Basil Embry and his navigator Wg Cdr ( then Plty Off)whiting survived the crash and were taken prisoner.Wg Cdr Whiting remained a POW in various camps including Stalag Luft 111 Zagen ( The Great Escape Camp ) until released in 1945. Sir Basil Embry was interrogated by Gen Guderian, two days later he escaped and with the help of the French people made his way through the Pyrenees to Spainand Gibraltar. As Air Officer Commanding 2 Group he was responsible for the famous Mosquito raids on Gestapo prisons and under the alias of 'Wg Cdr Smith flew on the epic raidon Shell Mex House Copenhagen. Cover flown in a Mosquito from Hatfield to Hawarden. It was in an aircraft of this type that Sir Basil Embry flew. Personally Signed by ACM Sir Lewis Hodges KCB,CBE,DSO,DFC shot down over France managed to rejoin his Squadron later Commanding Officer of 161 and 357 Squadron ,and Air Chief Marshal Sir Ronald Ivelaw - Chapman, GCB,KBE,DFC,AFCVice President of the RAF Escaping Society & 10 Squadron Pilot in 1918 actually airborne over France at the time of the WW1 Armistice at 11am on 11 November 1918, who as an Air Commodore in 1944 flew his only WW2 sortie over France in a Lancaster was shot down, evaded for 5 weeks with the help of the French and then arrested and held by the Gestapo until Liberated by the Allies in 1945.Mr W Brazil DFM Navigator on Wellington 150 Sqn shot down and baled out walking for 10 days until he found a village that offered him shelter. After six weeks recuperation from a broken leg got to Gibralter with the help of the resistance and flew back to England. Details enclosed.Numbered & Certified Signed


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28 3 77 Port Moresby Escape from New Britain with Qantas cachet. Flown from London to Sydney in Boeing 747 of Qantas airways

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Escape from New Britain Signed AVM Townsend Escapee
28 3 77 Port Moresby PNG Escape from New Britain . Picture cachet of AVM William Edwin Townsend Plance crash landed. Green Flown Cachet Flown from Sydney to Port Moresby by Air Air Niugini . Personally Signed by Air Vice Marshal W E Townsend. During 1942 & 1943 he commanded firstly No 67 Sqn and then No 22 Squadron operating Boston aircraft from Goodenough Island that he was shot down on an attack on Palmalmal plantation Jacquinot Bay New Britain.The Japanese knew that they had shot down one aircraft and were making haste to get around the bay to capture the crew who had managed to escape in the jungle.With the help of the natives escaped by US GATO submarine. Details enclosed. Certified Copy of 980.

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ES18aBD Small Postmark Escape from Crete
12 Sep 77 Xania CDS Small Postmark 23mm ( Greece ) Escape from Crete. Cover depicts village in Crete, Lady Resistance worker, RAFES badge and Battleaxe logoThe magnificent contribution to freedom made during the Battles in 1941 by the Cretans is now legend. Very few Aircrew escaped from the island of Crete but those who did were only successful because of the help by the Cretans. Brown Flown in Cachet. Black Britannia Airways Backstamp

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ES18bAB Large Postmark Escape from Crete Signed Both Dakota and B727 Captains
12 Sep 77 Xania CDS Large Postmark ( Greece ) Escape from Crete. Cover depicts village in Crete, Lady Resistance worker, RAFES badge and Battleaxe logoThe magnificent contribution to freedom made during the Battles in 1941 by the Cretans is now legend. Very few Aircrew escaped from the island of Crete but those who did were only successful because of the help by the Cretans. Black Flown in Cachet. Personally Signed by Both Dakota and B727 Captains . Britannia Airways Backstamp

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ES FDC Escape from Crete Signed by 6
12 Sep 77 Xania CDS ( Greece ) Escape from Crete. Cover depicts village in Crete, Lady Resistance worker, RAFES badge and Battleaxe logoThe magnificent contribution to freedom made during the Battles in 1941 by the Cretans is now legend. Very few Aircrew escaped from the island of Crete but those who did were only successful because of the help by the Cretans. Black Flown in Cachet. Personally Signed by 4 members of the resistance on the Island of Crete and Flt Lt W J Macconnachie & Flt LT E R R Cerely MM members of a 39 Squadron Beaufort which crashed on Crete who were helped by the Cretans until they were able to escape by boat to North Africa Elefteria Saridakis , Vasili Bakakis, Coatas Georgilakis and Smaragada Xipolitakis Cretans who helped the escapers Certified Copy No of 1200 Signed Tilford.RAF Ref No ES18c

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10 X 77 Tunis Return to Tunisia

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Es 19b but also Signed by Helmut Bennenmann Knight's Cross ME109 pilot at Coquelles flew in the Battle of Britain 1./JG52 Later JG53 Commodore in the MEditerranean and Home defence, total over 400 missions 92 Victiries ( 70 east, 1 four engined) Joseph Schreieder (German Security Police). The leading head with the ENGLANDSPIEL. One of the enduring secrets of World War II is how German intelligence tricked the British into parachuting more than 50 Dutch agents into the hands of the Nazis. On his capture in March 1942, Huub Lauwers was forced to continue transmitting as normal back to London, pretending that he was still free. as a result of his and others' messages, more than 50 of the Special Operation Executive (SOE) agents were captured.and President Burghiba and Tunise. Looks like he tipp ex out then Signed again. Certified Copy no 4 of 10.

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As ES19b But Also Signed President Burghiba and Tunise.Photo enclosed . Certified Copy no 4 of 10.

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15 V 78 Escape from Greece flown boeing 737Sqn

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15 V 78 Escape from Greece flown boeing 737Sqn Signed 3 pilots

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Escape from Greece 1942.Signed by Howell 6 Greek helpers 15 V 78 Aohmai CDS ( Greece ) Escape from Greece. Cover depicts fishing boat and Greek coastline, RAFES badge and ancient Greek helmet. The campaign which led to the Germans occupation of Greece in 1941 resulted in many airman evaders either being shot down or forced to leave their airfields as the Germans advanced. Help came from the Greek people, but few managed by sea either to Turkey or to North Africa. Flown in Britannia Airways Boeing 737-204 G-AXNC from Gatwick to Athens ( Greece ) by Capt Daymon, in Royal Hellenic Air Force Hercules C130 by Major Papadimitiou and in 10 Squadron VC10 XV109 from Athens to RAF Brize Norton by Sqn Ldr Hickman. Personally Signed by Wg Cdr E.A. Howell OBE. DFC B.Sc OC 33 Squadron Hurricane shot – down over Crete, held as a POW in Dulag 183 Solonika who although injured escaped and with the help of the Greek people escaped by sea to Turkey and Mrs Sandra Poumpoura MBE, Greek Red Cross worker who helped many evaders in Athens,S Kitsos who helped Wg Cdr Howell and A Neslihanidis, A Zafiropoulos, D Karapas, and Mrs T Samara , all of whom helped RAF aircrews to evade capture.With Greek 2300 Xponia 7 DR stamp, Blacknames cachet , green flight cachet on reverse, 3 backstamps and photogragh of Wg Cdr Howell and full details of signatures of above.Certified copy signed of 1240.

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10 7 1979 Toulouse The Pat O’Leary Line.

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10 7 1979 Toulouse The Pat O’Leary Line.
Signed by Pat O'Leary George Cross DSO. Major-General Albert-Marie Edmond Guérisse, GC DSO, Under the cover name of Pat O'Leary, a name borrowed from a peace-time Canadian friend, he ran one of the biggest and best of the escape and evasion lines of World War II. Certified Copy of 352
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ES22ao'l Signed by Pat O'Leary George Cross DSO. Major-General Albert-Marie Edmond Guérisse, GC DSO, Under the cover name of Pat O'Leary, a name borrowed from a peace-time Canadian friend, he ran one of the biggest and best of the escape and evasion lines of World War II.on the back postmarked 8 5 85 Gibralter on 21p HMS Foxhound Stamp , with two flown cachets Flown London Gatwick to Gibralter and Reflown to Gibraltar to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of VE Day please detailed cachet Personally Signed by Major General Albert M E Guerissee, GC,KBE,DSC whose code name was Pat O'Leary . Plus Red Royal Air Force Museum Hendon backstamp. Certified Copy no 22 of 46.

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Signed by 10 Escapers, Helpers Resitstance Pat O'Leary George Cross DSO. Major-General Albert-Marie Edmond Guérisse, GC DSO, Under the cover name of Pat O'Leary, a name borrowed from a peace-time Canadian friend, he ran one of the biggest and best of the escape and evasion lines of World War II. and Jack Misseldine, Taffy Higginson,Alan Mills, Pat Cheramy, Derrick NaNabarro,,G Galetti, Lealie Pearman,Donald C Caskie,Donald Southwell.

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ES23 Escape from Libya
10 x 79 Tunisia CDS Postmark Escape from Libya Cover depicts map of Libya, RAF Aircrew walking away from a crashed Wellington Bomber in the Libyian Desert and RAFES badge. The Libyan Government would not permit this cover to be taken to Libya,Consequently it has been processed in Tunisia and conveyed close in the Libyan border. The RAF began operating in 1940 and many aircrew were shot down behind enemy lines and forced to make their way back to allied lines on their own unless they were lucky enough to be picked up by either another aircraft or by Special Air Service Long Range Desert Group led by Col Stirling. Blue flown cachet flown British Caledonian Airways Boeing 707 from Tunis to London Gatwick.

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Special Signed by General Sir R N O,Conners KCB DSO MC. Who was the highest ranked escaper of the last War . Commanded the Western Desert Corps in the successful Libyan Campaign of 1940 to 41 under General Wavell. He was captured with Lt General Neame but in 1943 escaped to Italy. Became Corps Commander in France 1944 . Promoted General in 1945. Certified Copy No 250.

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ES23 Escape from Libya
10 x 79 Tunisia CDS Postmark Escape from Libya Cover depicts map of Libya, RAF Aircrew walking away from a crashed Wellington Bomber in the Libyian Desert and RAFES badge. The Libyan Government would not permit this cover to be taken to Libya,Consequently it has been processed in Tunisia and conveyed close in the Libyan border. The RAF began operating in 1940 and many aircrew were shot down behind enemy lines and forced to make their way back to allied lines on their own unless they were lucky enough to be picked up by either another aircraft or by Special Air Service Long Range Desert Group led by Col Stirling. Blue flown cachet flown British Caledonian Airways Boeing 707 from Tunis to London Gatwick. Personally Signed A.J.Williams.C.M.G. & J.H.Lambert Her Majesty's Ambassador to Libya & Tunisia RAF Ref no EES23e Certified Copy No of 250 Signed Project Officer.

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Special Signed Col D.E.Neumann JG27 Messerschmitt Fight Pilot Battle of Britain about 50 missions over England 13 victories. and Werner Schroer. with Swords 114 victories. Died 1985 Luftwaffe Pilots Details and 2 B/W photo's enclosed. Certified copy 144 of 258

ES24a

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10 11 1978 Escape from Yugoslavia Flown cachet flown in British Airways Flight BA704 Trident 2
Escape from Yugoslavia

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31 V111 79 Gorssell Escape in Heinkel 111 Netherlands

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Rare ES25aAHZ 31 V111 79 Gorssell Escape in Heinkel 111 Netherlands Signed extra Stamp 4 b/s
31 V111 79 Gorssell with added 25 .1X.81.8 Papa postmark on Hungary 4f Church Stamp Escape in Heinkel 111 Netherlands Personally Signed by Lieutenant Kolonel Bvan Tussenbroek, Commandant of the Corps of Commando Troops.with 4 backstamps 17 9 79 Korps Commando, 1 Sep 1981 Liverpool, 14 10 81 Foggia & Pena Pink. £3. 95

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signed by Lieutenant Kolonel Bvan Tussenbroek, Commandant of the Corps of Commando Troops.

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31 V111 79 Gorssell Escape in Heinkel Special Signed General Baron J.A.Bentinck. Who made the Escape from Hungary in January 1944 while being moved by the Germans from Stalag 371, crossing into Hungary. He Subsequently escaped to Italy in a stolen Hungarian Air Force Heinkel 111 bomber, a daring exploit full details and photo enclosed. Certified Copy 1139 of 1490

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Special Signed.2 Ukrainians Insurgent officers

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29 3 80 Bruxelles 1000 Brussel. 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. Cover flown by the Belgian Air Force from Brussels to RAF Northolt & flown by 72 Squadron Wessex Helicopter XV723 from RAF Oldham where Secret Agents were briefed - Latimer ( base of the UK Interrogation Centre ) - Tempsford ( where Special Operations Executive ( SOE ) Squadrons based ) - Tangmere ( where Lysanders flew on SOE missions Personally Signed by Group Captain W S O Randle CBE AFC DFM FRAeS . Pilot with Bomber Command 1941 to 1945 Nos 150 and 692 Squadrons.Shot down over Germany September 1942, Successfully evaded capture and returned to UK via Belgium, France, Spain and Gibraltar.



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Special Signed Lysander pilot D .M.S.Simpson OBE Flown in Lysander.

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as above but Special.Signed by 5 members of the secert army
Signed by the President M R Rooman, The Secretary Captain Commandant M Gerardis and 3 other members Colonel J Vermeylen, Colonel F Laureys & Captain Commandant J Stienlet of the Fraternelle de L'Armee Secrete. Certified Copy No 0718 of 12.00.


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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 of 1190 Signed.
Special Signed by Producer (G.Glaister DFC ) Script Editor & 7 members of the cast secret army.Certified Copy

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29 3 80 Brussel The Secret Army in Louvain Flown cover
Signed by Gp Capt Randle WW11 Wellington pilot also a evader when his Wellington was shot down. Went down the Comet line.

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25 1V 80 Groningen The Dutch Paris Line

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ES27b


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25 1V 80 Groningen The Dutch Paris LinePilot signed

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Escape Dutch Paris Line Signed 4 members
25 1V 80 Escaping Society Cover The Dutch - Paris Line Signed by Joseph Le Jeune a student during the war with papers enabling him to follow his studies in law at the University of Louvain in Belgium. He was one of the Dutch - Paris leaders in the Amsterdam Brussels sector , especially charged with operations in the Hague. , Hans H Wisburn He operated as a collector of evaders in Holland, taking them to a principal safe house, 19 Rue Franklin in Brussels and then often acting as escort for the Journey on to Paris. He was responsible not only for the provisions of transport but clothing food and false papers.,Paul Ph Veerman He escaped from the Netherlands into Switzerland in July 1942 escorting a person in danger. Early in 1943 he returned to Amsterdam to collect another evader under surveillance by the Germans . Later in 1943 he was recruited by the Dutch Military Attache in Berne to pass intelligence between Switzerland, Belgium and Spain. From this he progressed to transporting Allied personnel and others. He was trapped several times by the Germans but managed to get away until on 24 June 1944 he was captured taken to Brussels and then sent to Germany. He was at 12 different places of imprisonment during the next 10 mouths held by the German Police and the Gestapo. Father E H J Aan De Stegge . He was already in Holy orders during the war in Toulouse. He was invaluable thoughout that area in arranging safe houses and organizing food supplies. He also acted as escort to many Allied personnel passing through the Toulouse area. Certified Copy No of 1192 Signed.

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Signed by Gp Capt Randle WW11 Wellington pilot also a evader when his Wellington was shot down. Went down the Comet line.

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03 1 1983 Pamieci Jencow Stalagu Luft111. The Wooden Horse. Flown to Poland and then taken by road to Zagan the site of Stalag Luft 111 from where the Wooden Horse escape was made.

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03 1 1983 Pamieci Jencow Stalagu Luft111. The Wooden Horse. Flown to Poland and then taken by road to Zagan the site of Stalag Luft 111 from where the Wooden Horse escape was made.Pilot Signed Captain R Carter

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Wooden Horse. Special Signed by Oliver Philpot and Eric Williams who both escaped by tunnelling out of Stalag - Luft 111 under cover of a home made box vaulting horse.Eric Williams is the author of The Wooden Horse, Details enclosed,with black and white photo of ‘ wooden horse escaperd’ M.Codner,Oliver Philpott & Eric Williams.The photograph was taken shortly after they arrived in Sweden having successfully escaped from Stalag Luft 111.Certified copy and signed.

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25 4 1981 Comete Line Rotour aux Pyrenees (2nd) Flown from RAF Museum to the headquartes of Le Reseau Comete at Waterloo Belgian, and then carried from there down the old comete line from Brussels.

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25 4 1981 Waterloo & 17 V 1981 Pais Special Postmarks. Comete Line Rotour aux Pyrenees (2nd) Flown from RAF Museum to the headquartes of Le Reseau Comete at Waterloo Belgian, and then carried from there down the old comete line from Brussels. signed by Wg Cdr David Holliday.

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Comete Line Signed Dédée GM
23 4 82 Paris on French Definitive Stamp lady looking Left ed & 25 4 1981 Waterloo Belgian The Comete Line. Cover depicts route taken. Personally Signed Andrée de Jongh (Dédée) GM
The creator of Comète' Line. Dédée took over one hundred and fifty airmen to safety - making the double crossing of the Pyrenees thirty six times. She was betrayed with Francia Usandizanga and seven airmen at Francia's farmhouse (the last safe house before the Pyrenees crossing) on 15th January 1943. Arrested by the Gestapo, Dédée admitted that she was the leader to take the pressure off the other captives. The Gestapo refused to believe that such a young, small girl could be the leader of Comète Line. Eventually she was sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp."Dedee was released from Ravensbruck in May 1945 no more than a skeleton and in very bad health. She was awarded the George Medal, the best award which can be given by Great Britain to a foreign civilian . 800 allied airmen mostly from Bomber Command brought home by Comet . Details enclosed with Black & White photo of Andrée de Jongh (Dédée) GM Certified Copy of 1085 Signed by Gp Capt Randle WW11 Wellington pilot also a evader when his Wellington was shot down. Certified Copy of 1085. Photo & Details enclosed.


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Special Signed by Barones Airey Neave.Wife of Colditz Escaper Col Airey Neave.
She worked in a RAF hospital and married Airey Neave in 1942 after his escape from Colditz and his return to England she worked for P.W.E. by day and with Airey Neave and M19 agents in the Evening. Although not officially employed by M 19 she became involved with the operations of the famous Comete escape route. Later she worked with the Poles in London at the time of the fall of Warsaw. Certified Copy of 1185 Signed by Gp Capt Randle WW11 Wellington pilot also a evader when his Wellington was shot down.

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As ES30a But Personally Signed by Flt Lt L W Baveystock DSO,DFC,DFM,RAFVR Co Pilot of Manchester Bomber Piloted by Leslie Thomas Manser ( gave his lift to save the crew awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously . Baveystock subsequently evaded capture & escaped from Belgium via the Comet Line.Joined 201 Sqn as Skipper & officially credited with the sinking of German U Boats U955 & , U107.

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11 X 1983 Paris Reseau Marie Claire

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Reseau Marie Claire pilot Signed.

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ES FDC Marie Claire Signed Mary Lindell OBE

11 X 1983 Paris Reseau Marie Claire

Personally Suigned by Mary Lindell OBE Comtesse de Milleville was a British born heroine of the French Resistance in the Second War War. Codename Marie Claire she headed the Resistance organisation at Lyons where she ran an Escape route out of occupied France for Allied airmen, Soldiers and refugees.

In 1942 she smuggled the only two survivors of the celebrated Cockleshell Heroes Major Blondle Hasler and Marine Bill Sparks out of France to Spain following their successful raid on German Blockade running ships to Bordeaux. This Commando mission was described by Mountbatten as one of the most courageous and imaginative operations of the Seconded World War.

1943 arrested by the Gestapo at Pau railway station in November. , The Gestope were reasonably sure that they had caught the notorious Comtesse de Milleville alias Maries - Claire . After interrogation at Biarritz she attempted a escape during the journey to Paris by attempting to leap from the train. She was shot in the head and through her cheek by a guard taken to a hospital in Tours, where a German surgeon saved her life. She was frequently imprisoned and interrogated by the Gestapo. Finally in 1944

and thrown into the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women at Ravensbruck near Berlin where as she later put it conditions were pretty dim for the general public. Mary Lindell died in 1986 aged 92.

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Cover depicts Mary Lindell WW2 headquarters of Reseau Marie Claire. Certified Copy No 0586 of 1200

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19 Sp 82 Port Stanley Falkland Islands.Return from the Falkland islands Flown on combat patrol in Harriers of No1(F) Sqn RAF port Stanley Bluff Cove,Fitzroy, Goose Green, San Carlos, Douglas Settlement, Teal Inlet, Mount Kent,Mount Tumbledown, Landing at Port Stnley.

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19 Sp 82 Port Stanley Falkland Islands.Return from the Falkland islands Flown on combat patrol in Harriers of No1(F) Sqn RAF port Stanley Bluff Cove,Fitzroy, Goose Green, San Carlos, Douglas Settlement, Teal Inlet, Mount Kent,Mount Tumbledown, Landing at Port Stnley.
Return from the Falkland islands Sighed Flt Lt Gilchrist Harrier pilot.Flown on combat patrol.

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Return from the Falklands. Signed.Sqn.Ldr. Iveson.Harrier pilot shot down
19 Sp 82 Port Stanley Falkland Islands postmark on 10p Falkland Island Stamp. .Cover depicts Falkland Islands map showing Battlefields, SS Canberra docking at Southampton escorted by many small boats and Helicopters, also Royal Star and Garter and Joint Services badges. 1 squadron was formed on 13th May 1912 and 1 Squadron has flown Hawker Siddeley Harrier since 1969 and was deployed to HMS Hermes during the Falkland Island campaign.Sqn Ldr Iveson was shot down whilst pressing home an attack at Goose Green to relieve gunfire on the Parachute Regiment, he evaded capture for several days until picked up from behind Argentinian lines by a Commando Brigade Gazelle Helicopter. Flown from Port Stanley to the crash site of Sqn Ldr Ivesons Harrier in Gazelle AH MK1 XZ290 Army Air Corps,and then carried on foot by him along the route by which he made his successful evasion during the Falkland campaign. Personally Signed by Sqn Ldr Iveson the only RAF evader of the Falklands campaign . Details and photo of Iveson.3 backstamps Certified and signed
Flown on combat patrol.

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17 1X 84 Arnhem postmark Battle of Arnhem Escape from Arnhem Signed Pilot

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Escape from Arnhem Signed General Sir J.Hackett plus 3
17.IX.84 Arnhem 35 Postmark on Netherlands 60c Stamp. 40th Anniversary of Battle of Arnhem.Escape from Arnhem. Cover depicts Airborne forces landing by parchute & gliders at Arnhem,Royal Star and Garter badge and Medal.On 17 Sep 1944 the Battle of Arnhem began.5000 Allied Aircraft took part in the landings in which the British 1st Airborne Division ( which included Polish Units) of 10095 landed 7605 were lost. The Dutch Arnhem Resistance Group performed miracles to keep escape routes open after the surrender and helped some 250 evaders to safety. One of those was Brigadier ( now General Sir John ) Hackett. Flt Lt David Lord, a Dakota pilot of 217 Squadron was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. Blue flown cachet on the reverse Cover, flown in RNAF Fokker F27 Troopship NAF34 from RNAF Soesterberg over the Arnhem battle area during the 40th Anniversary ceremony.
Personally Signed by General Sir John Hackett G.C.B.,CBE.,D.S.O.,M.C. when he took part in the disastrous parachute landing on Arnhem in Holland, where the Germans were waiting. On the day before the survivors of the 1st Airborne Division were pulled out of Arnhem, Hackett was severely injured internally by a shell splinter. He was taken to a German military hospital and operated on by a captured Allied surgeon, but was regarded as a hopeless case and marked down for kindly hypodermic euthanasia.On the first day he sat up to eat, a member of the Resistance told him that unless he could walk out in the next 15 minutes, he might not be able to get out at all. He escaped with his head in blood-soaked bandages to suggest a civilian air-raid casualty, and was hidden by a Dutch family at risk to their lives.Later, he escaped by bicycle to freedom, his skill at languages enabling him to pass challenges from guards en route and 3 resistance members who helped the Brigadier.Dr.Elsa Caspers Resistance member of cell whose task was to sabotage and work for an intelligence service. After the War had to go back to school for another year, Koos Meyer joined the Albrecht Group made trips for liberated South Netherlands to the occupied North made 29 trips the group made 374. and Hen Idenburg member of the Resistance Brigadier Hackett stayed at Idenburg family safe house .Enclosed detailed inserts cards. Certified copy No of 1171 signed Project officer.


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As ES33C Signed by Gereral Sir John Hackett G.C.B,C.B.E.,D.S.O.M.C.and 3 resistance members Dr.Elsa Caspers,Koos Meyer and Hen Idenburg and Mike Dauncey ( Brigadier M D K Dauncey DSO DL ) Flew to Arnhem from RAF Fairford on Sunday 17th September 1944 as a Second Pilot in a Horse Glider.
As Second Pilot to S/Sgt Alan Murdoch, Dauncey flew a Horsa glider to Arnhem on the first day of Market Garden, carrying a jeep, ammunition trailer, and six gunners of the Light Regiment. After touching down safely, he was in the process of helping to unload his glider when he witnessed one of the heavy Hamilcars coming in to land. The ground was soft and the nose of the glider dug deeper into the earth as it went along until the tail rose up under the pressure and the Hamilcar was flipped onto its back. Both pilots would have certainly been killed. Dauncey was recommended for the Victoria Cross, but this was reduced to Distinguished Service Order by Field Marshal Montgomery. No member of the Glider Pilot Regiment ever won the VC, but Dauncey must have surely ranked as one of those who came the closest and Gordan Pond 1st Para Batt Private A Company Wounded POW 21 Sept. Released from POW by Russian army. Flown flown USA base airfield March 1945.

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Escape from Arnhem Signed General Sir J.Hackett plus 4 & Richard Todd
17.IX.84 Arnhem 35 Postmark on Netherlands 60c Stamp. 40th Anniversary of Battle of Arnhem.Escape from Arnhem. Cover depicts Airborne forces landing by parchute & gliders at Arnhem,Royal Star and Garter badge and Medal.On 17 Sep 1944 the Battle of Arnhem began.5000 Allied Aircraft took part in the landings in which the British 1st Airborne Division ( which included Polish Units) of 10095 landed 7605 were lost. The Dutch Arnhem Resistance Group performed miracles to keep escape routes open after the surrender and helped some 250 evaders to safety. One of those was Brigadier ( now General Sir John ) Hackett. Flt Lt David Lord, a Dakota pilot of 217 Squadron was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. Blue flown cachet on the reverse Cover, flown in RNAF Fokker F27 Troopship NAF34 from RNAF Soesterberg over the Arnhem battle area during the 40th Anniversary ceremony.
Personally Signed by General Sir John Hackett G.C.B,C.B.E.,D.S.O.M.C.and 3 resistance members Dr.Elsa Caspers,Koos Meyer, Hen Idenburgand Richard Todd who portrayed Guy Gibson in the Film The Dam Busters.And during the War Captain Richard Todd was with 6th Airborne Pagasus Bridge 6th June 1944
During the Second World War, Todd joined the British Army, receiving a commission in 1941. Initially, he served in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry before joining the Parachute Regiment and being assigned to the 7th (Light Infantry) Parachute Battalion as part of the British 6th Airborne Division.
On 6 June 1944, as a captain, he participated in the British Airborne Operation Tonga during the D-Day landings.Todd was among the first British officers to land in Normandy as part of Operation Overlord. His battalion were reinforcements that parachuted in after glider forces had landed and completed the main assault against Pegasus Bridge near Caen. He later met up with Major John Howard on Pegasus Bridge and helped repel several German counterattacks. As an actor, Todd would later play Howard in the 1962 film The Longest Day, while Todd himself was played by another actor. Certified copy No of 1171 signed Project officer. Very Few issued with additional Signature

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ES33a 17 1X 84 Arnhem postmark Battle of Arnhem
Special Signed by Mr.Peelen who guided back over 200 British airborne troops cut off after the operation at Arnhem & Flt.Lt.H.King navigator for FIt.Lt.Lord on Arnhem raid.Certified Copy of 1000

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25 - 26 Aout 1984 40th Liberation of Paris. Flown in Pembroke pilot Signed.

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25 26 Aout 1984 Paris Special Postmark on French Resistance Stamp. Liberation of Paris . Black flown cachet flown from RAF Northolt to RAF Wildenrath in Pembroke then taken by road to Paris to join the 40th Anniversary Celebrations. Picture cachet of Whilst escorting an air technical intelligence team close on the heels of the retreating German army , a flight of 2728 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment, became one of the first allied units to reach and enter Paris in the early hours of 25th August 1944. Personally Signed by Captain Lucien Duval He joined the French Army as a volunteer on 14 May 1940 during the German advance through France. He was taken prisoner and then released and eventually demobilised on 28th November 1942 following the dissolution of the Army of the Armistice. He then joined Reseau F2 of the French Resistance which was responsible for the KARCIAL sector radio communications charged with contact with London. He was arrested by the Gestapo on 14 March 1944 at Aix-Les-Bains. After many days of interrogation and torture he attempted to escape from the Gestapo at Grenoble on 19 March 1944 and was badly wounded in the chest and arms and lost an eye through machine gun fire. He did escape on 18 April 1944 with the help of members of the French Resistance.He returned to his combat post when fit again and at the time of the Liberation of Paris he was a Captain of the 818 Signals Battalion in action in Paris. and Len Owens a member of 5285G Unit. Was involved in the Liberation of Paris and entered Paris on Liberation day. Details enclosed with Black & White photo of Len Owens . . Certified Copy of 965 Signed by Gp Capt Randle WW11 Wellington pilot also a evader when his Wellington was shot down.

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As ES34a but different French stamp Voie de la Liberty 6f+4f stamp Signed by Len Barnes was shot down over France on the night of March 15th 1944. He was returning from a bombing mission to Stuttgart with 630 Squndon, operating from East Kirby in Lincolnshire. After bailing out he was initially sheltered by a French farmer, before making contact with the local Maquis who made arrangements for him to travel to Paris. On arrival in Paris, Len was sheltered by members of the Comet line together with Sergeant Ron Emeny and three American serviceman, also Signed by . Ron Emeny AFM was an air gunner 207 Squadron at Spilsby near Skegness Lincolnshire . On the 3rd May 1943 whilst returning from a bombing sorie his aircraft was shot down by Fighters. Badly burnt he baled out and landed near Troyes in the Loire Valley.He was rescued by members of the local Maquis and taken to a doctor or treatment . When he was fit, he lived and fought with them for a further eight months before starting the long journey home. From Paris Ron Emeny together with Len Barnesand the 3 Americans travelled by train with couriers of the Comet Line to Bayonne and the Pyrenees. They crossed the Mountains into Spain on the morning of the Allied landings in Normandy, 6th June 1944. They were the last members of the RAF to cross into the French/ Spain border with the Comete line.See Note 2 in RAF Museum Reference Book. "

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3 9 84 Bruxelles Liberation of Brussels. flown cachet Flown in Dakota of RAE Farnborough on a ferry flight from Farnborough to Bedford & back . Picture cachet on 3rd September 1944 British armour entered Brussels to complete its liberation, freeing scores of allied aircrew held in safe houses in the city.Within hours these evaders were repatriated to England from Melsbrouk airfield by the Royal air Force.
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Liberation of Brussels Signed d'Ouetremont WW11 guide Comet Line .
3 9 84 Bruxelles Liberation of Brussels. Brown flown cachet Flown in Dakota of RAE Farnborough on a ferry flight from Farnborough to Bedford & back . Picture cachet on 3rd September 1944 British armour entered Brussels to complete its liberation, freeing scores of allied aircrew held in safe houses in the city.Within hours these evaders were repatriated to England from Melsbrouk airfield by the Royal air Force. Personally Signed Georges d’ Ouetremont His Military career began with National Service in the 2nd Chasseur a Cheval ( motorised ) regiment of the Belgian Army.He took part in the Blitzkrieg campaign of the 10th to the 28th May 1940 when his country was forced to surrender to the Germans At the beginningof 1942 he joined the escape line founded by Countess Andre de Jongh ( Dede ) which later become the omete line. On many occasions he acted as guide to Allied evaders on the escape route section between Brussels and Paris. Unfortunately he became suspected and was forced to join the escape route himself and after travelling its length crossed the pyrenees in December 1942 into Spain and flowmn from Gibraltar to England. His first action was to rejoin the Belgian Army where he undertook training for parachutinginto France. Then in October 1943 he was flown to France to assist in the return of Allied evaders by Lysander . Once again he was tracked by the Gestapo and in February 1944 had to return to England. He was however able to land at Normandy at D Day June 1944 where he was involved in several not particularly successful operations. .Later returned to England trained joined Belgian SAS Regiment. Details enclosed Certified Copy No of 1000

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But Signed by Pat O'Leary George Cross DSO & Major-General Albert-Marie Edmond Guérisse, GC DSO, Under the cover name of Pat O'Leary, a name borrowed from a peace-time Canadian friend, he ran one of the biggest and best of the escape and evasion lines of World War II.Certified Copy no 38 of 50.

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40th Anniv of the Self Liberation of Buchenwald Signed POW
11 04 85 Weimar CDS ( East Germany ) 40th Anniversary of Liberation Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Cover depicts the Buchenwald Concentration Camp Memorial and Liberation logo. Buchenwald Concentration Camp accommodated some 25,000 prisoners. Many of whom were exterminated and cremated by the Gestapo. In late 1944 2,000 prisoners . including 180 Allied Aircrew, were transported from Paris to Buchenwald and held there until the Luftwaffe obtained their release as POW's and moved them to Stalag Luft 3 at Zagen. Carried from Fresnes Prison Paris to Buchenwald Concentration camp,, Weimar by Sqn Ldr S A Booker MBE, former inmate No 78370, Retracing the journey he was forced to make on 14th to 18th August 1944. Then together with 1650 French Resistance Patriots and 76 follow members of the Royal Air Forcve captured by the Gestapo whilst evading capture in Northern France. pilot Signed.

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11 04 85 (Q) 1 postmark Weimar Postmark on 2 DDR 10 Flame Stamps 40th Anniversary Self Liberation Buchenwald. Red Flight Cachet

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40th Anniv of the Self Liberation of Buchenwald Signed POW
11 04 85 Weimar CDS ( East Germany ) 40th Anniversary of Liberation Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Cover depicts the Buchenwald Concentration Camp Memorial and Liberation logo. Buchenwald Concentration Camp accommodated some 25,000 prisoners. Many of whom were exterminated and cremated by the Gestapo. In late 1944 2,000 prisoners . including 180 Allied Aircrew, were transported from Paris to Buchenwald and held there until the Luftwaffe obtained their release as POW's and moved them to Stalag Luft 3 at Zagen. Carried from Fresnes Prison Paris to Buchenwald Concentration camp,, Weimar by Sqn Ldr S A Booker MBE, former inmate No 78370, Retracing the journey he was forced to make on 14th to 18th August 1944. Then together with 1650 French Resistance Patriots and 76 follow members of the Royal Air Forcve captured by the Gestapo whilst evading capture in Northern France. Special Signed G Jouan Jean.Taken prisoner.( French artillery) Escaped joined pat O'leary line.Details & Black & White Photo enclosed. Certified Copy No of 1000 Signed.

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Rare ES36d Liberation of Buchenwald Signed H Daman Clews Imprisoned Ravensbruck in Buchenwald
11 04 85 Weimar CDS ( East Germany ) 40th Anniversary of Liberation Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Cover depicts the Buchenwald Concentration Camp Memorial and Liberation logo. Buchenwald Concentration Camp accommodated some 25,000 prisoners. Many of whom were exterminated and cremated by the Gestapo. In late 1944 2,000 prisoners . including 180 Allied Aircrew, were transported from Paris to Buchenwald and held there until the Luftwaffe obtained their release as POW's and moved them to Stalag Luft 3 at Zagen. Carried from Fresnes Prison Paris to Buchenwald Concentration camp,, Weimar by Sqn Ldr S A Booker MBE, former inmate No 78370, Retracing the journey he was forced to make on 14th to 18th August 1944. Then together with 1650 French Resistance Patriots and 76 follow members of the Royal Air Forcve captured by the Gestapo whilst evading capture in Northern France
Special Signed by Mrs Hortense Daman Clews Member Belgian Secret Army. Imprisoned Ravensbruck in Buchenwald
She became involved in the Belgian Resistance when she was 13 after theNazis invaded Belgium in 1940. Her brother François was in the Belgian army when Germany invaded, he was working for the Red Cross as a cover for his work in the Belgian Army of Partisans. Hortense Daman began helping her brother with his work with the Belgium Resistance, helping Allied servicemen evade capture. She mainly worked as a courier which involved carrying messages, explosives and weapons beneath the upper layer in her cycle pannier whilst pretending to be carrying out grocery deliveries for her mother. Once during these deliveries, was stopped by officers doing ID checks. Thankfully, she also had groceries with her, and produced eggs to prove her alibi.
As leaders in the Resistance were being arrested or assassinated, she was assigned to go to a certain residence to collect confidential files. On the train home, however, the Secret Field Police were checking ID papers as well as bags and parcels. was not discovered during this mission,
On the 14th February 1944, the Gestapo raided the family home after someone informed on the family's resistance work. She was arrested along with her parents, and they were taken to a local prison where they suffered interrogation and vicious beatings by the Gestapo and Belgian SS. Daman was interrogated every day for thirty days. She was sentenced to death without trial and moved to the Ravensbruck concentration camp in Germany with her mother; her father was sent to Buchenwald Concentration camp..
Whilst at Ravensbrück, she was subjected to experiments including infecting her leg with gangrene (the German doctors deciding not to amputate) and attempted sterilisation.
Whilst at Ravensbrück, her life was saved by the actions of British secret agent Violette Szabo who was also a prisoner there.
At the end of the war, She was reunited with her Mother, Father and Brother. In 1946, she met and married Sydney Clews who was a Staff Sergeant in the British Army; and they eventually settled in Staffordshire. Sixteen years later, despite the experiments that had been carried out at Ravensbrück, she gave birth to daughter Julia and, seven years later, son Christopher.Certified Copy No 063 of 245. Signed Gp Capt W S O Randle CBE AFC DFM FRAeS . Pilot with Bomber Command 1941 to 1945 Nos 150 and 692 Squadrons.Shot down over Germany September 1942, and with the aid of the Comet Escape Line Successfully evaded capture and returned to UK via Belgium, France, Spain and Gibraltar. Certified Copy no of 245

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11 Nov 85 BFPS 1918 The Shelburne line, Flown in DH 125 from Stansted over to Rennes The Operational Heartland of the Shelburne Line in the F.A.R.R.E.F.C. section des Cotes du Nord

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11 Nov 85 BFPS 1918 The Shelbourne line Flown in DH 125 from Stansted to Rennes. The Operational Heartland of the Shelburne Lines. Crew Signed

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11 Nov 85 BFPS 1918 The Shelburne line, Flown in DH 125 from Stansted over to Rennes The Operational Heartland of the Shelburne Line in the F.A.R.R.E.F.C. section des Cotes du Nord . Personally Signed by Lt Cdr D.Birkin Helped evacuating escapers also took stores & people mostly agents & Resistance workers escapers.Details & 2 photos enclosed. Certified Copy of 1000

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ES38a


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8 May 85 BFPS 1945 40th Anniversary of the VE Day. The Caterpillar Club Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Formation of the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society.Cover flown in Hercules from RAF Lyneham to the International Air Tattoo at Fairford where the covers carried by members of the RAF Falcons in a delayed Parachute descent from 12,000ft.

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8 May 85 BFPS 1945 40th Anniv of VE Day. Caterpillar Club Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Formation of the RAF Escaping Society.Cover flown in Hercules Signed 5 RAF Falcons Parachutists

ES38c

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8 May 85 BFPS 1945 Postmark on 20½p European Parliament Election Stamp 40th Anniversary of the VE Day. The Caterpillar Club Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Formation of the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society.Cover flown in Hercules from RAF Lyneham to the International Air Tattoo at Fairford where the covers carried by members of the RAF Falcons in a delayed Parachute descent from 12,000ft. Personally Signed by Captain F H Dell JP 692 Sqn, 8 Group Bomber Command 1944 flying Mosquitos 16s shot down over Germany , Successfully evaded capture and returned to UK via Netherlands 1945 And Signed by Group Captain W S O Randle CBE AFC DFM FRAeS . Pilot with Bomber Command 1941 to 1945 Nos 150 and 692 Squadrons.Shot down over Germany September 1942, Successfully evaded capture and returned to UK via Belgium, France, Spain and Gibraltar.Also signed by members of the RAF Falcons Parachute team.Certified Copy of 1000 Signed.

ES38d

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ES38d £12.95 As ES38c But with 20½p Europe 1984 stamp. Certified Copy of 1000.

ES39c

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as ES39b but 12 10 1989 postmark & Personally Signed by Captain Omer Jubault President of the Freteval Resistance Association, Area Resistance Leader Loir - et - Cher and Eure - et - Loir, Daniel Cogneau President of the Resistance Association Loir - et - Cher Guide and Helper, Freteval Forest and Marius Villedieu Member of Resistance Group Loir - et - Cher Supply Officer, Freteval Forest. Details & Black and white photo of all three Resistance workers Certified Copy No 195 of 750 . Signed by Gp Capt W.S.O. Randle WW11 Wellington pilot & Evader.

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ES40bAAB ES40 Tribute Resistance Organizations of Belgium 1940 to 1945 Signed Escaper

5 Sep 89 BFPS 2209 49th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain . Royal Air Forces Escaping Society RAF FDC. Tribute Resistance Organizations of Belgium 1940 to 1945. L'Armee Secrete cachet on the front Flown in Lancaster PA 474 Battle of Britain Memorial flight during The Red Arrows 25th Anniversary Air Display at RAF Scampton. Let us never forget those who helped us in our hour of need
Personally Signed by A.C.France 33 Sqn shot down Crete 26 Nov 41 Backstamped RAF Abingdon and Red Arrows. Only 100 Signed.


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as above but L'Armee Secrete cachet on the front Signed by Sydey Thomas Wingham 76 Sqn Shot down Gulpen Netherlands 22 Apr 44 Backstamped RAF Abingdon and The Red Arrows.


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ES40dC Tribute Resistance Organizations of Belgium 1940 to 1945 Signed ACM L Hodges

5 Sep 89 BFPS 2209 Postmark on 26p Wales Definitive Stamp 49th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain . Royal Air Forces Escaping Society RAF FDC. Tribute Resistance Organizations of Belgium 1940 to 1945.
With Comet cachet on the front. Flown in Lancaster PA 474 Battle of Britain Memorial flight during The Red Arrows 25th Anniversary Air Display at RAF Scampton. Let us never forget those who helped us in our hour of need
Personally Signed by Air Chief Marshal Sir Lewis Hodges President of the RAF Escaping Society. commissioned into the RAF in 1938 and joined Bomber Command.

On September 4, 1940, he was flying a Hampden bomber of No 49 Squadron home from an attack on Stettin when his aircraft was damaged by ground fire. Realising that he could not nurse it home, he ordered his crew to bale out and crash-landed the Hampden in northern Brittany. He and an air-gunner who had not heard the bale-out order set off on foot in a southeastern direction, keeping away from farms and eating what they could scavenge in the fields.

Having walked for a week and been given some civilian clothes by a friendly farmer, they crossed the Loire east of Nantes with the help of a fisherman and continued on to Parthenay. There a chateau owner provided more clothes, shoes to replace their flying boots and money for a bus to Limoges and a train to the Pyrenees, but before they could cross into Spain the Vichy police arrested and imprisoned them.

Hodges eventually escaped and crossed the Pyrenees only to be arrested again and confined in a Spanish prison. After some diplomatic negotiations, he reached Gibraltar and returned to his squadron in June 1941.

In May 1942, while commanding a flight in No 49 Squadron, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for operations that had included an attack on the German battle-cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau during their dash up the Channel in February 1942. That winter he took over command of the Whitley and Halifax flight of No 161 Special Duties Squadron, flying sorties into occupied Europe in support of SOE. He commanded this squadron from May 1943 and wrote an account of its clandestine operations for Royal Air Force at War, published for the RAF Benevolent Fund by Ian Allan in 1983.

While in command of this squadron he trained himself for picking up SOE agents in occupied Europe. His first Hudson landing in France was in July 1943 on a short flare path of torches north of Angers. Hodges landed Hudsons successfully by moonlight on French meadows five more times. He brought to England two future presidents of France: Vincent Auriol and François Mitterrand.

Such pick-ups were but a few of the many operations that he flew, mainly parachuting agents into occupied Europe. In recognition of his exceptional skill and courage as a pilot and his leadership of an elite squadron, he was awarded a Bar to his DFC in 1943 and a DSO in 1944. He was made Commandeur, Légion d'Honneur in 1950, and advanced to Grand Officier in 1988.

In December 1944, after a rest from operational flying of only nine months, he volunteered for another flying tour and was given command of No 357 Special Duties Squadron at RAF Jessore near Calcutta. This was equipped with Liberators for long-range parachute operations, Dakotas for medium-range sorties, including pick-ups, and a flight of Lysanders for pick-ups in Japaneseoccupied Burma.

One of his flight commanders wrote about their new CO: "Things changed quickly on his arrival. He was impatient with the mystique created locally about our task and with the fusty set-up of Jessore, and he quickly swept away the dramatic trappings of spydom. I found his approach exhilarating, his experience reassuring, and his company relaxing and enjoyable."

In spite of bad weather, high mountains and poor maps, and bad health on the ground, Hodges developed his squadron into an efficient unit, flying many of the more difficult sorties himself. The last he flew from Jessore was the first Dakota pick-up in Japaneseoccupied Thailand. He map-read from the Mekong river to fetch Flight Lieutenant Nicky Varanand, a Siamese prince serving with the RAF, who had been checking possible landing strips. He then went with his Liberators to China Bay in Ceylon, until posted to the Staff College at Haifa in Palestine as an instructor. His achievements with No 357 were recognised by a Bar to his DSO.

On the formation of the Joint Services Staff College at Latimer in 1947, Hodges was one of the first members of the directing staff. This led to the joint planning staff in Whitehall before he returned to flying in 1952. Commanding the RAF team in the London to New Zealand Air Race in 1953, he established a record as far as Ceylon in his Canberra before being overtaken.

He helped to pioneer the V-bomber force, advised on development of the Vickers Valiant and commanded the V-bomber operational conversion unit at RAF Gaydon. While in command of the V-bomber station at RAF Marham, he received the Soviet leaders Nikolai Bulganin and Nikita Khrushchev on their visit to Britain. He was appointed CBE in 1958.

In 1968 he was appointed AOC-in-C Air Support Command and in 1970 Air Member for Personnel. From 1973 to 1976 he was Deputy Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Central Europe. In this important post his friendly but determined manner made a great contribution to the knitting together of all the Nato nations within the command.

In retirement from the RAF after 1976 he was president of the RAF Escaping Society, 1979-2000. It still recognises with gratitude the heroism of many ordinary French people who helped RAF men on their way to safety.

He was a director of Pilkington Bros (optical division), 1979-83. He was also chairman of the governors of the Duke of Kent School; chairman of the RAF Benevolent Fund's education committee; president of the Royal Air Force Association; and president of the Special Forces Club and the RAF Club.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Lewis Hodges, KCB, CBE, DSO and Bar, DFC and Bar, wartime SOE pilot and Deputy C-in-C Allied Forces Central Europe 1973-76, was born on March 1, 1918. He died on January 4, 2007, aged 88
Certified Copy no 161 of 450.

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As ES40dA but with Hands Union Nationale cachet on the front.

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ES40 Tribute Resistance Organizations of Belgium 1940 to 1945.Signed 4 evaders
5 Sep 89 BFPS 2209 49th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain Postmark on 12p Queen Mum stamp. Royal Air Forces Escaping Society RAF FDC. Tribute Resistance Organizations of Belgium 1940 to 1945. Comete cachet on the front Flown in Lancaster PA 474 Battle of Britain Memorial flight during The Red Arrows 25th Anniversary Air Display at RAF Scampton. Let us never forget those who helped us in our hour of need.
Personally signed by 4 Chairmans of the Escaping Society
Oliver Philpot MC DFC, escaped by tunnelling out of Stalag - Luft 111 under cover of a home made box vaulting horse. arrived in Sweden having successfully escaped from Stalag Luft 111.
W.J.Brazill DFM RAF Escaping Society Chairman Shot down 16th September 1942 Navigator on Wellington Bomber found by the Comet Line and sheltered for six weeks
by Captain F H Dell JP 692 Sqn, 8 Group Bomber Command 1944 flying Mosquitos 16s shot down over Germany , Successfully evaded capture and returned to UK via Netherlands 1945
Group Captain W S O Randle CBE AFC DFM FRAeS . Pilot with Bomber Command 1941 to 1945 Nos 150 and 692 Squadrons.Shot down over Germany September 1942, Successfully evaded capture and returned to UK via Belgium, France, Spain and Gibraltar.Also signed by members of the RAF Falcons Parachute team. Certified Copy 7 of 9. Signed Gp Capt W S O Randle.
backstamps Red Arrows & RAF Abingdon with 2 added 12 Nov 91 25 Christmastides with the Hercules and 17p Christmas stamp Certified Copy 111 of 450 signed.150 issued for each logo on the front.

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Special with Belgian Pijlstaar Canard Pilet Duck Stamp signed Commandant Avl Hre H Branders President National UNEG, Lt Colonel G Weber Aide de Camp Hre Roi Leopold & Lt Colonel Jean & Bloch President d'Honneur 13c Belgian Pijlstaart Canard Pilet Duck Stamp. 2 Backstamps Red Arrows and RAF Aldergrove Certified Copy of 500

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ES40eC


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as above but 13c Belgian Canard Colvert Wilde Eend Duck

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Tribute to Belgian Resistance. 3 Prominent members 14 11 1989 Leuven special Postmark on 13c Belgian Pijlstaart Canard Pilet Duck Stamp. Tribute to the Resistance Organizations of Belgium 1940 to 1945. . Royal Air Force Society FDC . Cover depicts the 3 Anglo Belgian Air Force Memorial Windows in the National Basilica of The Sacred Heart, Koekelberg & RAFES & Belgian Armed Forces badges.With front cachet of L Armee Secrete . Personally Signed by Special signed 3 prominent people. Raymond Rooman President Volontaire de Guerre Louvain , Robert Degraef Vice President Chevalier ordre de la Couronne, Maurice Gerardis Secretary CAP Commandant de reserve officer ordre de la Couronne Croix de Guerre. 2 backstamps Red Arrows & RAF Biggin Hill . Certified Copy No of 500 Signed Gp Capt W S O Randle WW11 Wellington Pilot and Evader"