2 Oct 76 - BFPS 1551 - 75th Anniv. of Launch of 1st Submarine
2 Oct 76 - BFPS 1551 - 75th Anniv. of Launch of 1st Submarine - 8½p Rose stamp. Signed by Cdr.R.L.T. Jones, HMS Onyx.
75th Anniv Launch 1st Submarine Signed Place VC & Jones
2 Oct 76 BFPS 1551 75th Anniversary of Launch of 1st Submarine .Personally Signed by Rear Admiral D C G Place VC CB DSC Commanding Officer X Craft Tirpitz Attack 1943. Won Victoria Cross HMS/MXE 3 1945, Johore Straits also Signed Lt Cdr.R.L.T. Jones, HMS Onyx. RN Yeovilton Official FDC Ref no 2RN1c
19 Nov 76 - BFPS 1554 - 81st Anniversary of Vice Admiral Bell-Davies gaining the VC at Gallipoli with 8p William Caxton stamp.
61st Anniv Bell-Davies gaining VC at Gallipoli 1915 Double Signed
19 Nov 76 BFPS 1554 61st Anniversary of Squadron Commander Bell-Davies gaining the VC at Gallipoli 19th Nov 1915 .
Personally Signed by Vice Admiral L R Bell Davies Squadron Commander Bell Davies Son also signed by Mr H G Kerry C Eng, F.I. Mach.E.Leading Aircraftman, No 3 Wing, RNAS. Imbros Nov 1915 who handled the Bell Davies aircraft on its return
As 2RN2C but signed by 4 Victoria Cross holders Captain R E D Ryder VC On 28 March 1942 in the attack on St Nazaire, France, Commander Ryder, commanding the Naval force, led HMS Campbeltown in under intense fire. When the main objective of the expedition had been accomplished and Campbeltown had been beached, Commander Ryder remained on the spot evacuating men from Campbeltown and conducting operations while exposed to heavy fire, and did not withdraw until it was certain that his ship could be of no more use. His motor gun boat (MGB 314), full of dead and wounded, survived by a miracle and managed to withdraw through an intense barrage of fire.Senior Naval Officer in the operation MGB 314. B C Godfrey Place VC Commander X7 Operation Source the attack on the Tirpitz 22 Sep 1943 awarded the Victoria Cross for the Tirpitz action.
Lieutenant Commander Ian E Fraser VC DSC RD* Served on the Submarines H43, H44 and Sahib ( DSC) Commanded midget Submarine XE 3 from its launch. Operation Struggle the Attack on Japanese shipping at Singapore successfully damaging the Japanese cruiser,
Mr T Gould VC Holder On 16 February 1942 north of Crete, in the Mediterranean, HM Submarine Thrasher, after attacking and sinking a supply ship, was itself attacked. Thrasher was subjected to a three hour depth charge attack and aerial bombing Later, after surfacing, two unexploded bombs were discovered in the gun-casing. Petty officer Gould and Lieutenant Roberts removed the bombs. Details enclosed
31 Dec 76 - BFPS 1556 - 34th Anniversary of the Battle of the Barents Sea.
Signed by Commander P F Cole DSC RN RN PhilatelicOfficer RNAS Yeovilton. First Lieutenant HMS Obedient at the Battle,allso Signed by Captain N H G Austen RN Commanding Officer HMS Orwell at the Battle
12 Feb 77 - BFPS 1563 - 35th Anniversary of Lt.Cdr. Eugene Esmonde's VC against the German ships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau.
12 Feb 77 - BFPS 1563 - 35th Anniversary of Lt.Cdr. Eugene Esmonde's VC against the German ships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. Signed by Lt.Commander C.M. Kingsmill DSO VRD pilot Swordfish aircraft during the action also Signed by Admiral Sir Derek Empson GBE KCB Second Sea Lord 1972 to 1973 WW11 Swordfish Pilot
as above but Signed by Vice Admiral Kurt-Caesar Hoffmann, Knights Cross. Commanding Officer Scharnhorst, 23 September 1939 to 31 March 1942
Vice Admiral Helmuth Brinkmann, Knights Cross. Commanding Officer Prinz Eugen, 1 August 1940 to 1 August 1942
Max Ibel joined the Army as a cadet in July 1915, serving with the 1st Bavarian Pioneer battalion, and was commissioned as an officer in August 1916.
When the war ended he remained in the German Army, serving with the First Engineer Battalion in Munich, becoming adjutant in mid 1919. In July 1928 he left the Army for pilot training at the Lipetsk fighter-pilot school in the Soviet Union, where Luftwaffe aircrew were secretly trained. After returning to Germany, in April 1934 Ibel was promoted to Hauptmann, and served as an Instructor with the flight school (Jagdfliegerschule) in Schleissheim. In November 1935 he was promoted to Major. In May 1936 he was transferred to command Jagdgeschwader 134 in Dortmund. From December 1939 to February 1937 Ibel commanded the I gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 232 in Bernburg and in March commanded I./ Jagdgeschwader 135. In November 1938 he was commander of Jagdgeschwader 231 which was later renamed Jagdgeschwader 3. Ibel then was Kommodore of the new Jagdgeschwader 27 (JG 27), and led JG 27 successfully during the Battle of France and Battle of Britain until October 1940. He received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 22 August 1940.
In October 1940 Oberst. Ibel became Kommandeur of Jagdfliegerschule 4 (Fighter Pilot School), where he remained until June 1941, when he was promoted to Generalmajor, and appointed Jagdfliegerführer 3 (Jafü 3) in occupied France. In February 1942 Ibel acted as liaison officer with the Kriegsmarine during the famous "Channel Dash" when the Luftwaffe provided effective air cover over the battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau passage through the Channel.
Major Gerhard Schöpfel, Knights Cross
Adolf Galland, Knights Cross. German Printed detailed cachets on the back Photos enclosed.Certified Copy No 82 of 130. Signed Hass Rossbach.
28 Mar 77 - BFPS 1564 - 35th Anniversary of the Raid on St. Nazaire.
35th Anniversary of the Raid on St. Nazaire Signed Ryder VC &
28 Mar 77 BFPS 1564 35th Anniversary of the Raid on St. Nazaire 28yh March 1942. 26th March 1942 with some 600 - 650 sailors and soldiers for a daring raid with the object of destroying the lock gates and operating mechanism of the Normandie Dock with its capacity to repair and service ships up to 83400 tons. Personally Signed by Mr W H Lovegrove CGM Chief Motor Mechanic MTB74 in the action and also Signed by Captain R E D Ryder VC He was 34 years old, and a Commander in the Royal Navy during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 28 March 1942 in the attack on St Nazaire, France, Commander Ryder, commanding the Naval force, led HMS Campbeltown in under intense fire. When the main objective of the expedition had been accomplished and Campbeltown had been beached, Commander Ryder remained on the spot evacuating men from Campbeltown and conducting operations while exposed to heavy fire, and did not withdraw until it was certain that his ship could be of no more use. His motor gun boat (MGB 314), full of dead and wounded, survived by a miracle and managed to withdraw through an intense barrage of fire.
Senior Naval Officer in the operation MGB 314. Official RN Air Station Yeovilton First Day Cover. RN Yeovilton Ref No 2RN5c
27 May 77 - BFPS 1578 - 8p Chemistry stamp. Commemoration of the sinking of the Bismarck. £10.00
27 May 77 - BFPS 1578 - 8p Chemistry stamp. Commemoration of the sinking of the Bismarck.
27 May 77 - BFPS 1578 - 8p Chemistry stamp. Commemoration of the sinking of the Bismarck Signed by Captain J A Grindle CBE Executive Officer HMS Rodney in the action. also Signed by Rear Admiral P D Gick Swordfish Pilot in the action with 825 Sqn flew off HMS Victorious
27 May 77 - BFPS 1578 - 8p Chemistry stamp. Commemoration of the sinking of the Bismarck Signed by Captain J A Grindle CBE Executive Officer HMS Rodney in the action. also Signed by Rear Admiral P D Gick Swordfish Pilot in the action with 825 Sqn flew off HMS Victorious also Signed by Swordfish Pilot Wg Cdr John Moffat who flew off HMS Ark Royal with 818 Sqn when he took part in the attack on Bismarck led by Lt Cdr T Coode . John Moffat torpedo was the first to strike the Bismarck. He was piloting one of three Swordfish open-cockpit biplanes that set off from the aircraft carrier Ark Royal to take vengeance on the Bismarck, which days before had destroyed the British warship Hood with the loss of 1,416 lives It was the torpedo he fired that crippled the rudder of the German battleship, leaving it at the mercy of Royal Navy ships which then sank it in the Atlantic off the west coast of France on May 27, 1941 Two Photo's Enclosed one of self infront of aircraft the other on his swordfish in flight. Certified copy 1 of 1
28 Jun 77 - BFPS 5277 - Silver Jubilee stamp - The Queens Silver Jubilee Fleet Review. Black flown cachet, flown in Wessex 3 of 737 Naval Air Squadron. Pilot Rear Admiral J.O.Roberts, leader of Jubilee Fleet Review Fly Past 28 Jun 77. signed by Rear Admiral J D Roberts CB, Flag officer Naval Air Command RNAs Yeovilton. also Signed by Admiral Sir Terence Lewin, First Sea Lord & Rear Admiral J D Roberts Flag Officer Naval Air Command RNAS Yeovilton.
11 Oct 71 - BFPS 1597 - 180th Anniv of Battle of Camperdown.
11 Oct 71 - BFPS 1597 - 180th Anniversary of the Battle of Camperdown with 10p Caxton stamp and signed by Vice Admiral Forbs Flag Officer Plymouth and Rear Admiral Graham.
29 Nov 77 BFPS 1777 Special Postmark. 60th Anniversary of thr Formation of the Women's Royal Navy Service 1917 to 1977
29 Nov 77 BFPS 1777 Special Postmark. 60th Anniversary of thr Formation of the Women's Royal Navy Service 1917 to 1977. Personally Signed by Mrs J A S Rossiter served 1917 to 1919, C/wren 1939 O.N.12/Officer WRNS Rtd.
as 2rn9b but also signed by Commandant S V A Mc Bride, Hon, ADC, BA, WRNS, Director WRNS.
3 Jan 78 - BFPS 1500 - 35th Anniversary of Attack on the Palermo Harbour of Human Torpedos.
as above but Signed by Captain J S Stevens DSO DSC RN Commanding Officer HMS Unruffled
3 Jan 78 - BFPS 1500 - 35th Anniversary of Attack on the Palermo Harbour of Human Torpedos. Signed by Captain G M Sladen DSO,DSC trials Officer for the prototype chariot and also signed by Captain J S Stevens DSO DSC RN Commanding Officer HMS Unruffled
As 2RN10a but signed by Capt.Lt. Siefried Koitschka Knight's Cross Commander of U-boat U-616. Details and photo enclosed.
12 Apr 78 - BFPS 1605 - Lord Rodney with HMS Formidable at the Battle of Saintes in 1782.
As 2RN11a but with 9p Tower of London stamp and signed by the present Lord Rodney.
12 Apr 78 - BFPS 1605 - Lord Rodney with HMS Formidable at the Battle of Saintes in 1782. 2RN11a Personally signed by the present Lord Rodney and Rear Admiral R N Buckley former O.C. HMS Formidable.
8 May 78 - BFPS 1609 - 64th Anniversary of the Launch of Plane (527) From Ship (HMS Hiberia) Underway.
As RN12a but with 10½p Holyrood stamp and signed by Major Samson son of Lt. Samson who made the launch in 1912.
As 2RN12b but 11p Castle stamp. Also signed by Admiral of the Fleet The Earl Mountbatten of Burma who flew in S.27 in 1911.
19 Jul 78 - BFPS 1818 - HMS Sydney sinks Italian Bartimeo Coleomi.
As RN13a but with 10½p stamp and signed by Cdr. Cole who took part in the battle.
HMAS Sydney sinks Italian Bartimeo Colleoni Signed Cole. Admiral Sir John Collins
19 Jul 78 - BFPS 1818 - Commemoration of The Sinking of Italian Bartimeo Colleoni.
Personally signed by Commander P F Cole, who took part in the battle aboard HMS Hyperion,
and signed Admiral Sir John Collins captain HMS Sydney in the battle