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Air Force

Air Force mail including the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Air Force (RAF) incorporating RAF censor handstamps together with wartime airmails and their rates and routes.
At the end of WW1 the Royal Engineers and RAF pioneered International Air Mail Services by setting up airmail routes between Folkestone and Cologne in Germany serving the British Army on the Rhine.

 

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1920's unused real photo PPC MALTA - A Fairy 'Flycatcher' being prepared for take off

1920's unused real photo PPC from MALTA? - A Fairy 'Flycatcher' being prepared for take off with mounted Vickers machine gun. Ref: 311-015.


Price: £15.00
1932 Air Mail cover GB to '47 Bomber Squadron, RAF, Khartoum, Sudan'

1932 (March) Air Mail cover from GB to '47 Bomber Squadron, RAF, Khartoum, Sudan' [9d. RATE] Also s/r. SHELLAL-PALEA receipt p/m. to rear. 1927-1941: Supporting Sudan Defence Force. Oct. 1927 - May 1940: Khartoum. NB: Folded. Ref: 307-101.


Price: £15.00
1933-34 covers GB to '203 Flying Boat Squadron, Royal Air Force, Basrah, IRAQ'

1933-34 covers from GB to 'LAC HJ Ross, 203 Flying Boat Squadron, Royal Air Force, Basrah, IRAQ' and one redirected. [No.203 Squadron: three Southampton flying boats to its new base in Iraq, where it remained until the outbreak of war (apart from a brief move to Aden in September 1935 during the Abyssinian crisis)] Ref: 311-019.


Price: £15.00
1934 cover ADEN to GB. 2 Anna 6 pie adhesive. RAF '8 Squadron' crest to flap

1934 (July) cover from ADEN to GB with d/r. ADEN p/m. cancelling Indian 2 Anna 6 pie adhesive. Also RAF '8 Squadron' crest to flap. [Royal Air Force] Ref: 305-103.


Price: £15.00
1936 (Dec) cover EGYPT to GB. MPO/ABU-QIR p/m. RAF Station

1936 (Dec) cover from EGYPT to GB with s/r. MPO/ABU-QIR p/m. - RAF Station. Italian-Abyssinian Crisis. Ref: 312-114.


Price: £15.00
1939 PC FRANCE to 'Marseille'. BASE AERIENNE ANNEXE DE DINARD h/s.

1939 PC from FRANCE to 'Marseille' with DINARD m/c. and d/r. BASE AERIENNE ANNEXE DE DINARD h/s. French Air Force Base. Ref: 302-003.


Price: £15.00
1942 (Dec) Air Mail cover ADEN to GB. ADEN p/m. RAF censor R11/22 h/s.

1942 (Dec) Air Mail cover from ADEN to GB [14 Anna RATE] with ADEN p/m. and RAF censor R11/22 h/s. [Dates recorded: 23/9/42 to 3/2/43] From 'Cpl. Butcher RAF'. Ref: 305-104.


Price: £15.00
1942 cover CANADA to 'RAF Station Hospital, Calne' redirected '102 Sqdn'

1942 Air Mail cover from CANADA to 'Sgt/Pilot Marchalleck HJ, RAF Station Hospital, Calne, Wilts' and redirected to '102 Sqdn., Topcliffe, Yorks' [Heavy Bomber Squadron] with PC 90 OBE 8946 label tied by CALNE / WILTS m/c. Ref: 302-107.


Price: £15.00
1942 Letter Card IRAQ to GB. Indian FPO 101 p/m. RAF censor R11/765

1942 (Nov) Air Mail Letter Card from IRAQ [Persia] to GB with d/r. Indian FPO 101 p/m. and RAF censor R11/765 h/s. [From 31/9/42 to 3/4/43. Ind. Persia Abadan. 5152 Sqn. RAF Regiment (16/1/43)] From 'LAC French, 5152 Squadron, PIAFORCES'. Ref: 308-142.


Price: £15.00
1943 cover LIBYA to Sudan. FPO 656 p/m. RAF censor R11/836 h/s.

1943 (18th. Dec) cover from LIBYA to Sudan with d/r. FPO 656 p/m. and RAF censor R11/836 h/s. [Dates recorded: 27/11/43 & 15/12/43] Allocated to 233 Wing (Tripoli) Ref: 305-102.


Price: £15.00
1943 Letter Card EGYPT to South Africa. EPP p/m. RAF censor R11/768 h/s.

1943 (15th. Oct) Letter Card from EGYPT to South Africa with part circ. EPP (31) p/m. RAF censor R11/768 h/s. [Dates recorded: 26/10/42 to 21/4/44] SAAF BASE HQ. Interesting content regarding Italians. Early use of censor. Ref: 306-081.


Price: £15.00
1944 Air Letter GB to 'Air Cadet Atkinson, RAF Thornhill, S. Rhodesia'

1944 (April) ps Air Letter from GB to 'Air Cadet Atkinson, c/o Officers' Mess 22 SFTS, RAF Thornhill, S. Rhodesia'. Flying Officer A J Atkinson was killed in a Flying accident whilst training as an RAF pilot at 22 Service Flying Training School Thornhill in 1944. He was the son of Mr & Mrs R V Atkinson of Cheltenham, with RV Atkinson being a Director of the Gloster Aircraft Company. Ref: 313-123.


Price: £15.00
1944 AM Letter Card CEYLON. "RAF Stn. CHINA BAY"

1944 Air Mail Letter Card from CEYLON to GB with d/r. poor RAF POST / COLOMBO p/m. & RAF censor R17/465 h/s. From "RAF Stn. CHINA BAY" - Flying Boat Base. Faults. Ref: 308-158.


Price: £15.00
1944 circa. cover to 'Shoreham by Sea' and redirected. RAF censor R7/473 h/s.

c.1944 cover to 'Shoreham by Sea' and redirected with POSTAGE PAID m/c. and RAF censor R7/473 h/s. From '2146766 LACW Manley DA, RAF'. [LACW: Leading Aircraftwoman] Ref: 309-065.


Price: £15.00
1944 cover redirected to 'RAF Fairwood', reused with RAF censor R7/504 h/s.

1944 cover redirected to 'RAF Fairwood, Swansea' and reused with RAF censor R7/504 h/s. From 'PA Robertson P/O, RAF' and addressed to 'F/O FM Drake DFC'. 16th Jan. 1944. F. M. DRAKE, D.F.C. (171081) Ref: 304-097.


Price: £15.00
1944 cover TRINADAD to 'A/C2 Mr Jules Davis, RAF Contingent, c/o B.G. Garrison'

1944 Air Mail cover from TRINADAD to 'A/C2 Mr Jules Davis, RAF Contingent, c/o B.G. Garrison Headquarters, B.G.'. [British Guiana] NB: Trimmed opening edge. Ref: 305-067.


Price: £15.00
1944 covers + letters LAC Vaughan, c/o 141 Wing, RAF, c/o GPO Lewes, Sussex

1944 covers and letters re: LAC Vaughan'. One dated 19th. Aug. 1944 to 'c/o 141 Wing, Royal Air Force, c/o GPO Lewes, Sussex' with d/r. AEAF / CP HQ receipt p/m. [Allied Expeditionary Air Force / Command Post Headquarters] One from 'RAF, APO England' dated 17th. July 1944 with RAF censor R7/305 h/s. [Normandy Invasion, June 1944] Faults. Ref: 307-092.


Price: £15.00
1944 lettersheet signed by 'Marshall RH' DFC. Late of 44 Squadron

1944 lettersheet to Old Reptonian Society and signed by Flying Officer 'Marshall RH' Honours: DFC Oct. 1943. Late of 44 Squadron. RAF. Details of Service: Bomber Command. Royal Air Force: For details see A Bedfordshire Bomb Aimer written by David H. Marshall about his brother, Flight Lieutenant Raymond Howitt Marshall, DFC (1918-1981) Ref: 312-117.


Price: £15.00
1945 Air Letter INDIA to S. AFRICA, RAF Censor R17/79. Burma Communication Sqdn

1945 Air Letter from INDIA to S. AFRICA with d/r. RAFPOST / SE ASIA p/m. and RAF Censor R17/79. From Burma Communication Squadron, RAF, SEAAF'. [Headquarters RAF Burma Communication Squadron established Baigachi when Headquarters RAF Burma formed at Calcutta 21.4.45. Became Air Headquarters Burma Communication Squadron 20.9.45, when the parant unit, by then at Rangoon, changed it's title to AHQ Burma] Ref: 308-102.


Price: £15.00
1948 Air Letter GB to 'S/L DW Boatman RAF, British Services Mission, Burma'

1948 (Oct) Air Letter from GB to 'Squadron Leader DW Boatman RAF, British Services Mission, c/o GPO Rangoon Burma' with d/r. receipt p/m. From 'S/L JW Ganaway, Air Ministry (MAI)' Good content. [Establishment of British Services Mission in Burma, 9 Feb. 1948] Ref: 312-072.

The British mission conceded, a small civil war, and the Irrawaddy valley was virtually dominated by the rebels. The only thing that held the rebels back was a shortage of ammunition for their predominantly Japanese weapons. (See Bertil Lintne , Burma in revolt: opium and insurgency since 1948, Boulder, 1994).


Price: £15.00