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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 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
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
1943 (May) cover AUSTRALIA to 'Sgt. Pilot Daly, V.P., Lambert, Scotland'

1943 (May) Air Mail cover from AUSTRALIA to 'Sgt. Pilot Daly, V.P., Lambert, Larbert Military Base Hospital, Scotland' with part tied 3 OBC label and RAAF BASE PO No. 4 slogan m/c. (4d. RATE) [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] Roughly opened. Ref: 311-030.


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: 304-142.


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
1940 OHMS cover CHINA BAY, Ceylon to GB. RAF censor R1/88 h/s.

1940 (26th. Aug) Air Mail OHMS cover from CHINA BAY, Ceylon to GB with s/r. CHINA BAY p/m. and RAF censor R1/88 h/s. - is known from RAF China Bay in Ceylon between 9/10/39 to 2/7/40. Ref: 305-128.


Price: £60.00
1930 cover IRAN to 'Squadron Leader PF Fullard DSO MC AFC, Hinaidi'

1930 Air Mail cover from IRAN to 'Squadron Leader PF Fullard DSO MC AFC, Air Headquarters, Hinaidi, Nr Baghdad' [IRAQ] with Poste aerienne adhesives. [WW1 fighter pilot of the Royal Flying Corps. He was the top scoring UK ace to fly Nieuports, scoring 40 victories in 1917] RAF. Ref: 317-134.


Price: £65.00
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
1918 (Jan) cover GB to USA. 'Barksdale, Aviation Section, London'. RFC crest to flap

1918 cover GB to USA endorsed 'EH Barksdale, Aviation Section, American Embassy, London' with ST ALBANS m/c. and 'RFC' crest to flap. [Royal Flying Corps] 1st Lt. Eugene Hoy Barksdale, embarked for England 18 Sept. 1917, and received his flying training with the RFC at Oxford and several other aviation schools in England. He accepted his British commission 26 May 1918, at Markse, Yorkshire, and was assigned to the 41st Squadron, RFC in August 1918. He was placed on active duty at the front as a pilot He participated in the Somme and Amiens Offensives early in August 1918 and was wounded 2 September 1918 during the Cambrai Offensive. While on duty with the RFC, he received official credit for destroying three enemy aircraft through aerial combat. He also participated in the ground destruction of five other enemy aircraft. He left the RFC on 15 Oct. 1918, joining the U.S. 25th Aero Squadron until 24 Dec. 1918. Ref: 305-047.


Price: £100.00
1917 cover BARBADOS to 'Mr. DE Chase, Barbados Citizen Contingent, London'

1917 (Nov) cover from BARBADOS to 'Mr. DE Chase, Barbados Citizen Contingent, c/o AE Aspinall Esq, London' and redirected to 'Cadet Chase, RFC, Frith Hill Barracks, Blackdown, Hants'. One adhesive with 'WAR TAX' o/p. [Royal Flying Corps] The Barbados Citizens’ Contingent Committee was formed about the end of November 1915. the first two contingents which left Barbados in the 31st December 1915 and 5th April 1916, On arrival of the men in London, they were received by Mr AE Aspinall of the West India Committee, who put them in touch with various recruiting centres, and assisted them in joining their respective regiments. Special reference must be made to Mr Aspinall, to whom a large tribute of praise is due for all the trouble taken by him with the men sent over from Barbados, and for his ready help and sympathy extended to them on all occasions.

Date of departure: 05 Sept. 1917. No of men: 1. In charge of: D E Chase. Name of steamer: SS Crown of Cadiz.

Chase, 2nd lieut D E Royal Air Force Prisoner of War. Returned to UK.
Faults. Ref: 304-086.


Price: £200.00
1916 cover EGYPT to Australia. 'E. Cameron Lieut. RFC'. Royal Flying Corps

1916 (Feb) 'Allen Line' cover from EGYPT to Australia with s/r. MINIA p/m. and circ. CL 1 PSSED BY CENSOR h/s. From 'E. Cameron Lieut. RFC'. Tasmanian in Royal Flying Corps. Early 1916 one of the main squadrons operating in Egypt was 14 Squadron. [SENUSSI Campaign 1915-1917: In Dec. 1915 a small force, the Western Frontier Force (WFF), was assembled at Matruh under Major-General Wallace. From March 1916 the 2/1st Cheshire Company (RE) executed works for the RFC at MINYA (Minia) and Assiut and constructed defense's in the Luxor area, at Esna, Suhag and other places opposite the Kharga oasis] Ref: 315-013.


Price: £250.00