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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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1943 Honour Envelope GOLD COAST to GB. FPO 106 p/m. RAF censor R11/91

1943 Honour Envelope from the GOLD COAST to GB with d/r. FPO 106 p/m. and RAF censor R11/91 h/s. [Dates recorded: 21/10/42 to 24/11/43. FPO 106. Gold Coast, RAF Takoradi] Part flap missing. Ref: 316-077.


Price: £25.00
1943 PPC real photo PALESTINE. FPO 148 p/m. RAF censor R11/632

1943 (5th. July) PPC [real photo TEL-AVIV: Ben Jehuda Road] from PALESTINE with d/r. FPO 148 p/m. and RAF censor R11/632 h/s. Ref: 307-135.


Price: £25.00
1944 Air Letter GOLD COAST to GB. FPO 106 p/m. RAF censor R11/114 h/s.

1944 Air Letter from the GOLD COAST to GB with d/r. FPO 106 p/m. and RAF censor R11/114 h/s. From Cpl. McMahon, Royal Air Force, Takoradi, West Africa Forces'. Ref: 317-029.


Price: £25.00
1964-65 covers GB to 'Corporal BH Beal, RAF Muharraq, Bahrein, BFPO 63'

1964-65 Air Mail covers and letters [6 No.] from GB to 'Corporal BH Beal, Ground Eqpt. Section, RAF Muharraq, Bahrein, BFPO 63' with different adhesives. [3d. and 6d. RATES] BAHRAIN, Persian Gulf. Ref: 316-044.


Price: £25.00
1965 'Air Mail' cover BAHRAIN to GB. FPO 1019 p/m. 'RAF Muharraq, BFPO 63'.

1965 'Air Mail' cover from Bahrain to GB with d/r. FPO 1019 p/m. From 'Flt. Lt. DJ Bentley, RAF Muharraq, BFPO 63'. Persian Gulf'. Ref: 314-050.


Price: £25.00
1968 Air Mail cover BAHRAIN to GB. FPO 1040 p/m. 'RAF Muharraq, BFPO 63'

1968 Air Mail cover from BAHRAIN to GB [4d. RATE] with d/r. FPO 1040 p/m. From 'C/T Wallace J, RAF Muharraq, BFPO 63'. Persian Gulf. Flap torn. Ref: 313-023.


Price: £25.00
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: 304-117.


Price: £30.00
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
1940 cover USA to Sweden. 'Ingvar Hakansson, c/o British Consulate General' RAF

1940 (Oct) cover from USA to Sweden with SAN FRANCISCO m/c. From 'Ingvar Hakansson, c/o British Consulate General' - One of few Swedes that served in RAF. 1941 joined RAF and in 1943 placed in 165 Squadron. Swedish volunteer fighter pilot of RAF. Ref: 314-021.


Price: £35.00
1941 cover BERMUDA to 'F/Lt SR Gibbs', GB redirected to 'RAF No. 413 Sqd., Stranraer'

1941 cover from BERMUDA to 'F/Lt SR Gibbs, Air Ministry', GB [5d. RATE] and redirected to 'RAF No. 413 Sqd., Stranraer, Wigtownshire'. Also circ. AIR MINISTRY transit p/m. to rear. [No.413 (Tusker) Squadron RCAF - Coastal Command.] SR Gibbs survived a forced landing in the Atlantic on 28th. Oct. 1940. Ref: 317-071.


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: 304-091.


Price: £35.00
1944 Air Letter GIBRALTAR to S. Africa. RAF censor R11/480 h/s. '22 Sdn, SAAF'

1944 Air Letter from GIBRALTAR to S. Africa [3d. RATE] with d/r. FPO 475 p/m. and RAF censor R11/480 h/s. [Dates Recorded: 11/7/44 to 8/12/44. Only four recordings of R11/480 from Gibraltar] From 'A/Cxe. JG Roberts, '22 Sqn, SAAF'. Operating Lockheed Venturas in Gibraltar. No.22 Squadron flew anti-submarine patrols in the Western Mediterranean. Ref: 313-055.


Price: £35.00
1945 Air Letter GIBRALTAR to S. Africa. FPO 475 p/m. RAF censor R15/396 h/s

1945 (5th. June) Air Letter from GIBRALTAR to S. Africa [3d. RATE] with poor d/r. FPO 475 p/m. and RAF censor R15/396 h/s. Late use. [Dates Recorded: 2/3/45 to 1/6/45 - Only three recordings of R15 type from Gibraltar] From 'A/Cxe. JG Roberts, '22 Sqn, SAAF'. Operating Lockheed Venturas in Gibraltar. [South African Air Force] No.22 Squadron flew anti-submarine patrols in the Western Mediterranean. Ref: 314-023.


Price: £35.00
1944 Air Letter GIBRALTAR to S. Africa. RAF censor R11/480 h/s.

1944 (30th. Oct) Air Letter from GIBRALTAR to South Africa with d/r. FPO 475 p/m. and RAF censor R11/480 h/s. From 'JG. Roberts, SAAF'. [South African Air Force] From '22 Sqn, SAAF'. Operating Lockheed Venturas in Gibraltar No.22 Squadron flew anti-submarine patrols in the Western Mediterranean. mss .. "Newsreel .. came out of Holland .. stand against overwhelming odds .. brother in law of mine .. from the screen". [Dates Recorded: 11/7/44 to 8/12/44] Ref: 314-098.


Price: £40.00
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