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1945 (Nov) cover GB to 'HMS "Formidable", c/o GPO London' Australia

1945 (Nov) cover from GB to 'HMS "Formidable", c/o GPO London' [Australia] with 'Received 7/12/45' to rear. HMS Formidable assigned to the British Pacific Fleet (BPF) in 1945 where she played a supporting role during the Battle of Okinawa and later attacked targets in the Japanese Home Islands. The ship then loaded elements of the 7th Australian Div. and their equipment at Tarakan Island, Borneo, and picked up more Australians at Morotai; she arrived at Sydney on 6 Dec. 1945. Vice-Admiral Vian addressed the ship's crew on 27 Dec. before she departed the following day with 800 naval personnel embarked for passage home. Ref: 314-108.

Price: £12.00
1945 cover 'HMHC "Duke of Argyle" to Shetlands. Hospital Carrier. censor 11637

1945 cover 'HMHC "Duke of Argyle" to Shetlands Hospital with shield censor 11637 h/s. [HMHC Duke of Argyll: Hospital Carrier - No 65. 12th. Aug. 1944 alongside Mulberry at Arromanches, the first Hospital Carrier to use the Harbour. Further crossings took her to Cherbourg, Dieppe and Ostend. She was then based at TILBURY and operated regular sailings to Ostend until 25th. June 1945] Addressed to 'Major CJ Fox TD RAMC, Military Hospital, Lerwick, Shetland Isles'. Ref: 307-015.

Price: £50.00
1945 cover 'Official Mail' CROISEUR "GLOIRE" to Paris. MARINE FRANCAISE h/s.

1945 (7th. June) cover 'Official Mail' from CROISEUR "GLOIRE" to Paris endorsed 'FM' with d/r. MARINE FRANCAISE h/s. [Until the end of the war, it provided fire support against ground targets to Allied forces on the Italian and French coasts] Ref: 311-053.

Price: £20.00
1945 cover Australian Navy. PACIFIC to Australia. PASSED FREE m/c. 'SED + M2384'

1945 cover Australian Navy from the PACIFIC to Australia with PASSED FREE m/c. From 'SED + M2384'. Faults. Ref: 304-005.

Price: £15.00
1945 cover CEYLON to 'LJ Cohen, Wardroom Mess, Kollupitiya'. PASSED BY CENSOR / No. 19

1945 (Jan) cover from CEYLON to 'LJ Cohen, Wardroom Mess, Kollupitiya' with boxed PASSED BY CENSOR / No. 19 h/s. From 'Lt (S) RL Cook RN'. [Jon Cohen: Linguist / cryptanalyst assigned to Colombo, Ceylon. Served in naval intelligence in the Far East from 1942-1945] Ref: 314-116.

The philosopher Jonathan Cohen was a fellow of the Queen's College Oxford and of the British Academy. He was also a polymath whose contributions across epistemology, logic, the philosophy of law, language, psychology, and science. His studies were interrupted by the second world war. Cohen trained as a codebreaker at Bletchley Park and, after learning Japanese, he served in naval intelligence in the Far East from 1942-1945. Jewish Personnel at Bletchley Park in World War Two: RN Sub Lt. Laurence Jonathan Cohen was born in London in May 1923 and attended St Pauls School; he recalls he was reading Greats at Balliol in December 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour and South Asia. He was suddenly asked by his College master if he would like to learn Japanese. He had no idea what it would be for until he reached Bletchley. They studied in Bedford six days a week under a WW1 Naval Intelligence officer, Oswald Tuck, formerly served as Naval attache in Tokyo. The speed of their progress embarrassed the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), who said it could never be done! Cohen later served in the listening and decoding stations in Mombassa (East Africa) and Colombo (Sri Lanka). Michael Loewe and Jonathan Cohen were soon thrown in at the deep end to the secret world of Naval Intelligence and ciphers; resplendent uniforms and naval etiquette; Admiralty communiqués and naval acronyms. They were even sent on a navy frigate patrol in the North Sea to familiarise them with naval problems.

Price: £20.00
1945 cover FRANCE to 'British Liason Staff, FS Gloire, Post Navale'

1945 (June) cover from FRANCE to 'Cadet RW Young, British Liason Staff, FS "Gloire", Post Navale'. Gloire was a French light cruiser of the La Galissonnière class. Refit at Algiers to 17 June. Ref: 308-105.

Price: £20.00
1945 cover INDIA to 'NP 1738, c/o BFMO, England'. NAVAL PARTY

1945 (Dec) cover INDIA to 'NP 1738, c/o BFMO, Reading, England'. Naval Party 1738 - ROYAL KATHERINE 01.09.45 – 04.46. [HMS Royal Katherine was the Headquarters Flag Officer Western Germany between 1945 and 1946] Ref: 304-112.

Price: £9.00

1945 (Jan) Air Mail cover from the PHILIPPINES to USA with US NAVY p/m. and s/r. PASSED BY NAVAL CENSOR h/s. From USS Barataria (AVP-33) a United States Navy Barnegat-class seaplane tender. The Philippines campaign. Jan. 1945, Barataria tended the Consolidated PBY-5A Catalinas of Patrol Bomber Squadron 71 (VPB-71) as they carried out night time "Black Cat" strikes against shore installations and shipping along the coast of China and conducted anti-submarine patrol missions. Based first at Cabalitan Bay. Ref: 314-099.

Price: £10.00
1945 real photo PPC 'Class 180 HMS ROYAL ARTHUR' Shore Establishment

1945 real photo PPC 'Class 180 HMS ROYAL ARTHUR' Shore Establishment with 1946 oval STEWARDS DIVISION / LYNEHAM RN CAMP h/s. to rear. NB: Corner damaged. Ref: 309-115.

Price: £9.00

1952 (Dec.) Air Mail cover from MAURITIUS to GB bearing 'KGVI' 15 cent adhesives tied by PORT LOUIS p/m. Fine violet boxed FORCES AIR MAIL / COMMANDING OFFICER/M.N.V.F. h/s at left. A rare strike from the Mauritius Naval Volunteer Force. [M.N.V.F.] NB: Folded. Ref: 306-110.

Price: £20.00
1953 cover HONG KONG to France. 'Cdt Amyot d'Inville' Minesweeping sloop

1953 (Nov) Air Mail cover from HONG KONG to France with Hong Kong slogan m/c. Froim 'Cdt Amyot d'Inville' - French Minesweeping sloop: actually used as anti-submarine ship, convoy escort and patrol vessel. NB: Trimmed opening edge. Ref: 303-093.

Price: £25.00
1954 real photo PPC [HMT Empire Ken] from MALTA to GB. FPO 266 p/m. 'Luqa'

1954 (Aug) real photo PPC [HMT Empire Ken] from MALTA to GB with d/r. FPO 266 p/m. located 'Luqa'. Troopship. Ref: 313-072.

Price: £12.00
1958 (April) printed (HMS) 'GAMBIA' cover from the PERSIAN GULF to GB.

1958 (April) printed (HMS) 'GAMBIA' Air Mail from the PERSIAN GULF to GB with MARITIME MAIL m/c. [In May 1957 HMS Gambia sailed for the Persian Gulf, becoming the last flagship for the Commander-in-Chief, East Indies, Vice Admiral Hilary Biggs, and returned to Rosyth on 19 Sept. 1958] Ref: 311-066.

Price: £20.00
1958 (Feb) Air Mail cover MALTA to GB. '893 Squadron, HMS Ark Royal'

1958 (Feb) Air Mail cover from MALTA to GB with MARITIME MAIL m/c. From 'KA Millett, 893 Squadron, HMS Ark Royal' - Aircraft Carrier at Malta 7th. Feb. 1958. NB: Roughly opened. Ref: 310-063.

Price: £9.00
1975 cover AUSTRALIA to 'HMS Hermes'. From 'HM/SM ODIN, BFPO Ships'

1975 cover from AUSTRALIA to 'HMS Hermes, BFPO Ships' [6c RATE] with Artamon m/c. and boxed NAVAL POSTAGE / CONCESSION RATE h/s. From 'HM/SM ODIN, BFPO Ships'. Aircraft Carrier to Submarine. Ref: 313-017.

Price: £9.00
1981 unused PPC 'The sinking of the "LUSITANIA" - 1915'

1981 unused PPC 'The sinking of the "LUSITANIA" - 1915'. Manx Postal Museum Card No.3. Ref: 312-063.

Price: £3.00

1982 (16th. May) cover from the FALKLANDS to GB with MARITIME MAIL m/c. [8th. June] and boxed RFA SIR LANCELOT h/s. May 1982 - Special Forces HQ in San Carlos water. [Ten-week war between Argentina and the UK from 2nd. Apr. 1982 – 14th. June 1982] NB: Folded. Ref: 310-092.

Price: £35.00
1982 cover FALKLANDS to GB. PORT STANLEY p/m. HMS HYDRA h/s. Hospital ship

1982 (8th. May) cover from the FALKLANDS to GB with s/r. PORT STANLEY p/m. [26th. July] and d/r. HMS HYDRA h/s. Hospital Ship: 8th. May at Ascension Island. [Ten-week war between Argentina and the UK from 2nd. Apr. 1982 – 14th. June 1982] Ref: 311-072.

Price: £20.00
1992 cover USS CAYUAGA to GB. US NAVY / USS CAYUAGA (LST 1186) p/m.

1992 (Oct) Air Mail cover from USS CAYUAGA to GB with US NAVY / USS CAYUAGA (LST 1186) p/m. From 'Robert Barker, USS Cayuaga, FPO AP 96662-1807'. [US and Coalition Forces in Somalia, 1992-1994. Cayuga became part of Naval Battle Force, Somalia, under Rear Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski, in Oct.– Nov. 1993] Ref: 307-028.

Price: £6.00