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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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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
1929 (Oct) unused real photo PPC 'Zeppelin boven Nederland' LZ 127

1929 (Oct) unused real photo PPC 'Zeppelin boven Nederland' Graf Zepelin LZ 127. Airship. Ref: 305-142.


Price: £10.00
1930 (May) Air Mail cover IRAQ to GB. MAGIL p/m. 84 Squadron RAF crest

1930 (May) cover from IRAQ to GB [6 Annas RATE] endorsed 'Air Mail Shaibah-London' with d/r. MAGIL p/m. and 84 Squadron RAF crest to rear. Folded and roughly opened. Ref: 316-086.


Price: £25.00
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
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
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 Air Mail cover SUDAN to GB. 47 Squadron Royal Air Force

1933 Air Mail cover from SUDAN to GB with s/r. KHARTOUM p/m. and '47 SANS PEUR' crest to flap - 47 Squadron, Royal Air Force: January 1933, continuing its operations in support of the Sudan Defence Force and floatplane patrols over the Red Sea. RAF. [Earlier unofficial motto - 'Without fear'] Ref: 308-132.


Price: £20.00
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 Air Mail cover MALAYA to 'Royal Air Force, Lea on Solent, Hants'

1934 Air Mail cover [55 cent RATE] from MALAYA to 'RAF Coastal Area HQ, Royal Air Force, Lea on Solent, Hants' endorsed 'By Dutch Air Mail Via Amsterdam'. Redirected with d/r. AIR MINISTRY / PERSONAL LETTER SECTION receipt p/m. Ref: 306-126.


Price: £20.00
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
1934 cover GB to 'RAF, No. 28 (Army Co-operative) Squadron, Ambala, India'

1934 Air Mail cover from GB to 'RAF, No. 28 (Army Co-operative) Squadron, Royal Air Force, Ambala, India' and redirected with d/r. AMBALA and KASAULA [Simla Hills] receipt p/m. Also boxed KARACHI / CANCELLED h/s. Ref: 312-121.


Price: £10.00
1935 (Jan) Air Mail cover [3d. RATE] GB to 'Royal Air Force, British Forces, ADEN'

1935 (Jan) Air Mail cover [3d. RATE] from GB to 'Sgt. CH Chester, HQ, Royal Air Force, British Forces, ADEN' with s/r. AVION / ALEXANDER transit p/m. to rear. Ref: 317-019.


Price: £10.00
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
1937 Air Mail cover GB to '230 FB Squadron, RAF Seletar, Singapore'

1937 Air Mail cover from GB to 'LAC A. Pedley, 230 FB Squadron, RAF Seletar, Singapore' [using Singapore Mark III, military flying boat ] Ref: 317-133.


Price: £9.00
1940 (April) cover EGYPT to GB. BPO / E 602 p/m. RAF censor R1/25 h/s.

1940 (April) cover from EGYPT to GB with s/r. BPO / E 602 p/m. and RAF censor R1/25 h/s. Ref: 311-064.


Price: £12.00
1940 (Aug) Air Mail cover IRAQ to GB. Habbaniya p/m. RAF censor R2/287 h/s.

1940 (Aug) Air Mail cover from IRAQ to GB [75 fils (1/3d) RATE] with s/r. Habbaniya p/m. and RAF censor R2/287 h/s. [Dates Recorded: 7/6/40 to 22/1/41] From 'J Breiley, Senior CS Mess, Habbaniya'. Ref: 317-025.


Price: £10.00
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
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
1941 (Jan) Air Mail cover + letter ADEN to GB. RAF censor R9/35 h/s. '203 Squadron'

1941 (Jan) Air Mail cover and letter from ADEN to GB [14 Anna RATE] with d/r. KHORMAKSAR p/m. and RAF censor R9/35 h/s. [Dates Recorded: 25/3/41 to 21/10/41] From '203 Squadron, Aden. 31st. Dec. 1940' - using Short Singapore III Flying boats. Ref: 307-074.


Price: £25.00