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22.10.96-BFPS 2532-Verdun- The French counter-attack
22.10.96 BFPS 2532 Verdun Special Postmark. 80th Anniversary The Great War Verdun The French counter attack. Blue flown cachet flown in Hercules of No 30 Sqn from RAF Lyneham to Corfu in Turkey. On the return flight a slight diversion was made in order to overfly the River Meuse in the Verdun area where the French counter attack took place between June & December 1916. by Captain Flt Lt R Payne. Personally Signed by Captain Flight Lieutenant R Payne. Backstamped Royal Air Force Lyneham
6-12-96-BFPS 2533-The Fall of Bucharest
The Great War FDC Romania 1916 to 1917 Signed 6 12 96 BFPS 2533 80th Anniversary The Great War The Fall of Bucharest. Romania August 1916 to January 1917 . Blue flown cachet Flown in Hercules of No 30 Sqn RAF Lyneham to Corlu in Turkey overflying Romania en route and its capital city of Bucharest then direct back to Lyneham. Personally Signed by Hercules pilot Flt Lt R Payne.
16-3-97-Whitehall-Operation Alberich.Pilot signed.
16-3-97-Whitehall-Operation Alberich Special. Flown in Hercules of no 30 Sqn from RAF Lyndham to RAF Marham and then on to Decimomannu returned direct to RAF Lynham after overflying the former Hindenburg Line. . Personally Signed by son of Earl Alexander of Tunis.Certified Cover of 500
15.4.97 - Whitehall 2nd Battle of the Aisne.Flown Hercules no 30 Sqn from RAF Lyneham to Decimomannu and then back to Bruggen overflying the area.
15.4.97 - Whitehall 2nd Battle of the Aisne.Flown Hercules no 30 Sqn from RAF Lyneham to Decimomannu and then back to Bruggen Pilot signed. Sqn Ldr D C Campbell
9.4.97 B3437London. Special.Arras & Vimy Ridge.
9.4.97 B3437London. Special.Arras & Vimy Ridge.Flown in Hercules no 30 Sqn from RAF Lyneham to Decimomannu and then back to Bruggen then to RAF Lynement Pilot Signed
7.5.97 WhitehalThe U - Boat War The Sinking of the Lusitania
7.5.97 Whitehall The U - Boat War The Sinking of the Lusitania.Flown in Hercules of 30 Sqn from RAF Lyneham direct to Split returned to Lyneham Via RAF Bruggen and across the North Sea to overfly Felixstowe from where the RNAS and RAF Flying boats operated during 1916 - 1918 against the U - Boats on patrol in the North Sea. Personally Signed by Rt Hon The Earl Jellicoe KBE DSO.MC FRS PC. Only Son of Admiral Sir John ( later Admiral of the Fleet ) Commanded the Grand Fleet at the Battle of Jutland. He was appointed First Sea Lord in late 1916 and retired from active service on 24 December 1917. In October 1939, the young 2nd Lord Jellicoe was a cadet in the first wartime intake at RMC Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards (23 March 1940), before joining No. 8 (Guards) Commando with whom he sailed (31 January 1941) to the Middle East with Colonel Bob Laycock's Layforce. Served with L Detachment (from April 1942) which was the nucleus of the Special Air Service. He was mentioned in despatches thrice, and wounded (bullet in shoulder) once whilst with the 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards in 22 (Guards) Brigade in the Western Desert in January 1941. He won the DSO in November 1942 for operating on a raid that claimed to blow up more than 20 German aircraft, (Ju 88s), on Heraklion airfield, Crete that June:In September 1943, Jellicoe was sent to the Italian held island of Rhodes to negotiate with the Italian Admiral Inigo Campioni for the surrender of his forces to the Allies. However, Jellicoe's negotiations were pre-empted by a surprise German attack on the island on 9 September. He was able to escape from Rhodes during the resulting chaos while the Italian garrison was captured by the German invasion force. This was part of the Dodecanese Campaign.In 1943 he was named Commander of the Special Boat Regiment Middle East and he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. For the remainder of the war his SBS command conducted secretive and dangerous operations along the coast of Italy and Yugoslavia. In 1944 he won the MC for one of these actions. At the end of the war Jellicoe was among the first Allied soldiers to enter German-occupied Athens, beating the communist-controlled guerrillas ELAS to create a pro-Allied presence in the capital..Certified Copy No 469 of 500
7.6.97-Whitehall-The Battle of Messines.
7.6.97-Whitehall-The Battle of Messines.
1.7.97.Third Ypres.The Battle of Pilckem Ridge.
16.8.97 Whitehall. Third Ypres.The Battle of Langemarck