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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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1945 cover + letter INDIA to GB. RAF POST 2 p/m. 'JG Roy, RAF Worli, Bombay'

1945 (Sept) cover and letter from INDIA to GB with weak d/r. RAF POST 2 p/m. From 'JG Roy, RAF Worli, Bombay'. mss … "embarking on "BRITANNIC". Ref: 317-055.


Price: £10.00
1945 cover CEYLON to GB. RAF POST 3 p/m. RAF censor R17/489 h/s.

1945 Air Mail cover from CEYLON to GB with d/r. RAFPOST CEYLON 39 p/m. [Kandy; HQ Air Command S E Asia] and RAF censor R17/489 h/s. Also PC 90 OBE label tied by tri. FIELD CENSOR 174 h/s. [India] From 'S/L WE Sandbach' and self censored. [Squadron Leader RAF] Ref: 310-118.


Price: £9.00
1945 cover EGYPT to 'Dragon Gourich, RHAF, HQ, UEF'. RAF censor R12/20

1945 (March) cover from EGYPT to 'F/Sgt. RN 695, Dragon Gourich, RHAF, HQ, UEF' with RAF censor R12/20 h/s. [Base censor] Also d/r. BAPO 4 p/m. to rear. [Royal Helenic Air Force. Greece] In Nov. 1944 the Greek squadrons returned to liberated Greece, where they were engaged in operations against the remaining German garrisons in the Aegean islands and Crete. On 31 July 1945, the squadron was disbanded from the RAF] Ref: 307-106.


Price: £30.00
1945 cover GUADALCANAL to New Zealand. RNZAF / NZ APO C p/m.

1945 'Patriotic' cover from GUADALCANAL to New Zealand with circ. (RNZAF) / NZ APO C p/m. and boxed CENSORED h/s. signed by 'E Fancy F/O'. NZ. New Zealand Air Force. Ref: 310-141.


Price: £9.00
1945 cover USA to GB redirected. FPO 706 p/m. RAF censor R7/77

1945 (July) cover from USA to 'Wing Commander JH Iremonger DFC. RAF' and redirected to 'Main HQ, 83 Group, BLA' with d/r. FPO 760 p/m. [28 Aug] and RAF censor R7/77 h/s. [Censor also recorded: 15/06/1944 with FPO 804, France. 128 AFHQ] From 'Colonel EA Iremonger CBE'. Ref: 313-138.


Price: £12.00
1945 ps Forces Letter GB to 'AC2 HOOD K., Royal Air Force, South East Asia Air Forces'

1945 (May) postal stationary Forces Letter from GB to 'AC2 HOOD K., Section K, 5 Base Signals Unit, Royal Air Force, South East Asia Air Forces'. [RAF. SEAAF] Ref: 316-027.


Price: £5.00
1945 ps PC INDIA to 'c/o RAF Post Calcutta'. SPECIAL CENSORSHIP h/s

1945 (Jan) postal stationary PC from INDIA with d/r. SILCHAR p/m. to 'No. 4 Filter Room, c/o RAF Post Calcutta' with two SPECIAL CENSORSHIP h/s's - Nos 20 and 73. Ref: 314-131.


Price: £30.00
1945 Registered Letter ITALY to S. Africa. FPO 746 p/m. RAF censor

1945 (Feb) uprated Registered Letter from ITALY to South Africa with d/r. FPO 746 p/m. and RAF censor R15/3 h/s. [Dates Recorded: 25/9/44 to 5/12/44] Also d/r. APO-U-MPK 29A transit p/m. From 'Sgt McEwan. EW, SAAF'. South African Air Force. Late usage. Ref: 321-146.


Price: £30.00
1945 reused cover SIERRA LEONE to GB. RAF censors R11/4 and R20/4 h/s's

1945 (April) reused cover from SIERRA LEONE to GB with RAF censors R11/4 and R20/4 h/s's over OBC label. From 'S/Ldr. S.V. Pearce RAF'. NB: Opens out and faults. Ref: 317-037.


Price: £10.00
1945-46 real photos [5 No] RAF personel '3 Squadron + 6004 S.E. Berlin' and 'VE +3. DAY'

1945-46 real photos [5 No] RAF personel endorsed to rear '3 Squadron + 6004 S.E. Berlin. April 1946' [GATOW Tempest V's] and 'VE +3. DAY'. 170 x 120 mm. max. Ref: 311-020.


Price: £12.00
1946 'Security' Air Letter BURMA to GB. RAF POST 157 p/m. 'RAF Mingaladon, Rangoon'

1946 'Security' Air Letter from BURMA to GB with d/r. RAF POST 157 p/m. From 'RAF Mingaladon, Rangoon'. [Postwar Occupation Duties: the transport squadrons saw the largest amount of work, evacuating POWs and internees and supplying garrisons and the civilian population] Ref: 315-036.


Price: £15.00
1946 (April) cover 'BLA' to Isle of Wight. FPO 870 p/m. RAF crest to flap

1946 (April) cover from 'BLA' to Isle of Wight with d/r. FPO 870 p/m. and RAF crest to flap [Royal Air Force - British Liberation Army in Belgium] Ref: 321-116.


Price: £9.00
1946 (May) Air Mail cover BATAVIA to GB. RAFPOST 209 p/m.

1946 (May) Air Mail cover from BATAVIA [NEI] to GB with d/r. RAFPOST 209 p/m. From 'South East Asia Air Forces'. Ref: 308-141.


Price: £20.00
1946 Air Mail cover MALAYA to GB. RAFPOST 309 p/m. Singapore

1946 (July) Air Mail cover from MALAYA to GB with d/r. RAFPOST 309 p/m. - Singapore. From 'AC Davis'. Part flap missing. Ref: 311-141.


Price: £18.00
1946 PPC [The Red Van] INDIA to GB. RAFPOST 9 SOUTH EAST ASIA p/m.

1946 PPC [The Red Van] from INDIA to GB with d/r. RAFPOST 9 SOUTH EAST ASIA p/m. From 'Sgt. G Sheppard RAF'. Ref: 311-075.


Price: £9.00
1946 Registered cover EGYPT to USA 'RAF Station Aboukir, 24 PTC'

1946 Registered cover from EGYPT to 'American Relief for Poles', USA with s/r. ALEXANDRIE p/m. and oval NEW YORK REG'Y DIV receipt p/m. From 'RAF Station Aboukir, 24 PTC, Egypt'. mss .. 'Polish Forces. (Refugee mail)' Ref: 319-121.


Price: £25.00
1947 (Sept) Air Mail cover and letter from HONG KONG to GB

1947 (Sept) Air Mail cover and letter from HONG KONG to GB endorsed 'OAS' with d/r. KOWLOON / HONG KONG p/m. and oval 148 R & SU (MTLRB) RAF h/s. From 'AC Burney R., 18 MTRU, RAF'. [Motor Transport Repair Unit] Ref: 316-009.


Price: £40.00
1947 cover + letter HONG KONG to GB. KOWLOON p/m. '18 MTRU, RAF'

1947 Air Mail cover and letter from HONG KONG to GB with d/r. KOWLOON / HONG KONG p/m. and oval 148 R & SU (MTLRB) RAF h/s. From 'AC Burney R., 18 MTRU, RAF'. [Motor Transport Repair Unit] Ref: 315-014.


Price: £40.00
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
1948 PPC [Chasseur-bombardier "THUNDERBOLT"] FRANCE to GB.

1948 real photo PPC [LYON Port aerien de Bron Chasseur-bombardier "THUNDERBOLT"] from FRANCE to GB. A P-47 Thunderbolt (serial number 44-89788) nicknamed "L' Belleville" of the French Air Force. RAF markings. Ref: 309-114.


Price: £15.00