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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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1944 Letter Cards ZULULAND to GB. DURBAN m/c. RAF Detachment, St. Lucia,

1944 (June/Aug.) Letter Cards from ZULULAND to GB with d/r. DURBAN m/c. and boxed RAF Detachment, St. Lucia, Zululand h/s. From 'Bardsley, Mtubatuba, Zululand, S. Africa'. In Nov. Bardsley with 262 Squadron. [No. 262 Squadron reached Durban on 5 Nov. 1942, and moved into its main base at Congella one week later. The first Catalina flying boat arrived on 21 Feb. 1943, and patrols over the Indian Ocean began on 26 Feb. The seaways around Durban became increasingly full of shipping, to such an extent that it began to interfere with operations. The flying boats were moved to Langebaan and St. Lucia (Zululand), then in November 1944 into Lake Umsingazi] South Africa. Folded. Ref: 314-058.

Price: £30.00
1945 cover 'BLA' to France FPO 809 p/m. and RAF censors

1945 (Feb) cover from 'BLA' to France with d/r. FPO 809 p/m. and RAF censor R7/2. Also EXAMINED BY BASE CENSOR label tied by RAF censor R20/12. From 'Captain M Guillo, RAF 37.886'. Corner nick. Ref: 307-136.

Price: £30.00
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 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
1960 (March) Air Mail cover RAF GAN to GB. FPO 129 "Blackwell" p/m.

1960 (March) Air Mail cover from RAF GAN to GB with s/r. Forces Post Office 129 "Blackwell" p/m. From 'Sgt. Maisey D., RAF Gan, BFPO 180'. Ref: 320-018.

Price: £30.00
1918 OHMS 'Voter' PC W. Front to GB. APO S.63 p/m. '2nd. Lieut. EP Terry RAF'

1918 OHMS 'Voter' PC from the Western Front to GB with d/r. APO S.63 p/m. and censor 243 h/s. Signed by '17867 2nd. Lieut. Ernest Pollden Terry RAF'. [2Lt. RFC and RAF Flight Officer. 5th East Surrey Regt. 4 Balloon Co., 21.03.18. Medals. WO 372/19/193234] Creased. Ref: 319-024.

Price: £35.00
1919 PPC FRANCE to GB. APO S32 p/m. censored/ 'Dobbie R., WRAF'

1919 (June) PPC (Arques) from FRANCE to GB with d/r. APO S32 p/m. and censored. From 'Dobbie R., WRAF'. [Women's Royal Air Force] Rose Dobbie. Service number 19138. Date of enrolment: 11th. Sept. 1918. Ref: 321-009.

Price: £35.00
1931 cover IRAQ to Canada '30 (B) Squadron, RAF Mosul'

1931 (Dec) cover from IRAQ to Canada with poor d/r. MOSUL p/m. endorsed 'Overland Mail' and d/r. BAGHDAD transit p/m. From 'GD Male, 30 (B) Squadron, RAF Mosul, Iraq'. Also 'Palm Tree 30 VENTRE A TERRE' crest to flap. Royal Air Force: Fighting rebels. Ref: 317-142.

Price: £35.00
1940 cover GB to 'Sqdn Ldr Pearce-Gervais, AUSTRALIA'. Unclaimed

1940 (May) cover from GB to 'Sqdn Ldr LWC Pearce-Gervais, AUSTRALIA' and redirected to RAAF, Richmond with d/r. POST OFFICE / RICHMOND AERODROME cachet. Also Unclaimed and RTS h/s. LONDON m/c. to rear [Oct. 1940] Ref: 317-120.

Price: £35.00
1943 PPC's [29 No.] North AFRICA to GB with various RAF censors

1943 (Jan. - Nov.) PPC's [29 No.] from North AFRICA to GB with various RAF censors: Base censors R19 and R20. Also R13/63 and R14/297 with d/r. FPO 167, 233, 632 and 656 p/m's. From 'LAC Brown, AF'. Royal Air Force in Libya Tunisia and Italy. Ref: 321-125.

Price: £35.00
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
1942 cover AUSTRALIA to 'Sgt. P Daly VP, RAAF, c/o RAF South Rhodesia'

1942 (Aug) cover from AUSTRALIA to 'Sgt. P Daly VP, RAAF, c/o RAF South Rhodesia, AFRICA' and redirected to UK with d/r. S. RHODESIA transit p/m. Also d/r. RAAF BASE PO No. 4 / ENGLAND receipt p/m. [Sgt Vincent Patrick Daly a survivor, flew Spitfire P8276. On 16th. Jan. 1943 while returning from an unsuccessful search for a British Motor Torpedo Boat reported to be under attack by several German gunboats, the squadron encountered bad weather and heavy fog. Three aircraft, Vin's and those of two Canadian Pilots, crashed into the snow-covered mountains near the England-Scotland border. Vin survived the landing and after two days, during part of which he dragged one of the Canadians along with him before realising the man was dead, was found by a shepherd and his dog searching for lost sheep. His nose was crushed, his mouth torn and his feet severly frostbitten. After some time in Larpent hospital, Scotland, he was sent to Hoylake where he became a member of the Guinea Pig Club, as plastic surgery patients of Sir Reginald McIndoe were known] Faults. Ref: 319-028.

Price: £45.00
1952 cover GREENLAND to GB. APO 23 p/m. US Air Force Base, Thule

1952 (Sept) cover from GREENLAND to GB with US ARMY POSTAL SERVICE / APO 23 p/m. From 'US Air Force Base, Thule, NW Greenland'. Ref: 321-167.

Price: £45.00
1928 Air Mail cover GB to '70 Squadron, RAF, Baghdad, IRAQ'

1928 (Nov) Air Mail cover from GB to IRAQ [5 1/2d. RATE] with LETCHWORTH m/c. To 'Wing Commander John de Loury MC, 70 Squadron RAF, Hinaidi, Baghdad, IRAQ'. with part d/r. BAGHDAD receipt p/m. The Squadron took part in operations against rebel tribesmen and insurgents on the Turkish frontier and received Victorias shortly before the famous evacuation of Kabul in 1928. Part flap missing. Ref: 312-119.

Price: £50.00
1944 (June) cover 'RGE Dodson RAF, Box 204, GPO Glasgow' - undercover address.

1944 (June) cover to 'Squadron Leader Rev. RGE Dodson RAF, Box 204, GPO Glasgow' - undercover address. Endorsed to rear "Received by me on 28/6/44. RGE Dodson Chaplain RAF VR". Probably flown Glasgow to RAF Stornoway. Folded. Ref: 319-016.

Price: £50.00
1928 cover IRAQ to GB. LOWER BAGHDAD p/m. '30 Squadron RAF'

1928 (Aug) Air Mail cover from IRAQ to GB with d/r. LOWER BAGHDAD p/m. and '30 Squadron RAF' crest to flap - 30 Ventre a Terre. [IRAQ: 1928-29 Battle Honour] Royal Air Force. Ref: 319-134.

Price: £60.00
1918 POW PC GERMANY to Canada. 'Lieut C Guild, RAF'. Fort Orff, Ingolstadt

1918 (1st. Dec) POW PC from GERMANY to Canada with LONDON PAID m/c. [14th. Dec] From 'Lieut C [Carl] Guild, RAF'. Fort Orff, Ingolstadt. [He was shot down and captured, 15th. Sept. In a previous letter from France he stated "If I am taken prisoner by the Hun, watch for sentences in my letters from Hun land. The capital letters in each sentence put together will give some information, sometimes"] Royal Air Force. Creased. Ref: 310-116.

Price: £75.00
1918 (Oct) PPC EGYPT to GB. APO SZ 10 p/m. censored. 'Lt. O.V. Lec, RAF'

1918 (7th. Oct) PPC from EGYPT to GB with s/r. APO SZ 10 p/m. and censor 7/1266 h/s. From 'Lt. O.V. Lec, RAF, Cairo' Royal Air Force. mss .. "I shall probably be going to Palestine shortly". Ref: 308-049.

Price: £85.00