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1945 Air Lettet BURMA to GB. Indian FPO 51 p/m. UNIT CENSOR B 72 h/s.

1945 (March) Air Letter from BURMA to GB [redirected] with d/r. Indian FPO 51 p/m. and s/r. UNIT CENSOR B 72 h/s. Akyab. From 'Captain WH Paton'. Ref: 309-083.


Price: £15.00
1945 Air Mail cover AUSTRALIA to 'Lieut. C.W. Pardy, 9th. Aust. W/shops Park'

1945 Air Mail cover from AUSTRALIA to 'Lieut. C.W. Pardy, 9th. Aust. W/shops Park' (4d. RATE) with 2 OBC label. [ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ENGINEERS. Works. 2nd Engineer Store Base Depot.- NX130405 Lieutenant C. W. Pardy (2nd Military District), to 25th Nov. 1947] Ref: 311-029.


Price: £6.00
1945 Air Mail cover LIBYA to Italy. MEF o/p's. OBE ZA/11021 label

1945 (Nov) Air Mail cover and letter from LIBYA to Italy with d/r. TRIPOLI p/m. canc. adhesives with MEF o/p's. [1s. 3d. RATE] Also OBE ZA/11021 censor label. [Type IV - extends usage] Occupied Tripolitania. Ref: 305-137.


Price: £40.00
1945 Air Mail cover TANGIER to 'Alger' [2s. RATE] with GIBRALTAR transit p/m.

1945 (Aug) Air Mail cover from TANGIER to 'Alger' [2s. RATE] with d/r. BRITISH POST OFFICE / TANGIER p/m. and GIBRALTAR transit p/m. to rear. Ref: 310-080.


Price: £15.00
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 '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 + letter 'BLA' to "F" Flight, RAF Station, c/o GPO BLOXHAM, Oxon.

1945 cover and letter from 'BLA' to "Armament Section, F" Flight, RAF Station, c/o GPO BLOXHAM, Oxon with APO 870 m/c. and censored. From '39 Con. Sect. 3 Coy, 14th. (NSY) Air Formation Sigs, BLA'. Ref: 315-033.


Price: £7.00
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 BURMA to GB. Indian FPO 82 p/m. [Pyawbwe] 'Major General David Cowan'

1945 cover from BURMA to 'Brigadier CD Rawson', GB with d/r. Indian FPO 82 p/m. [Pyawbwe] and censor AA1 h/s. From 'Major General David Cowan', self censored. [For his leadership in Burma he was twice awarded the Distinguished Service Order] Ref: 311-095.


Price: £15.00
1945 cover BURMA to India. Indian FPO 145 p/m. [Kaing-Kalewa] censor G289 h/s.

1945 (Jan) cover from BURMA to 'Lt. Col. EG Phythian-Adams OBE', India with d/r. Indian FPO 145 p/m. [Kaing-Kalewa] and censor G289 h/s. Faint Bangalore back stamp. Ref: 311-094.


Price: £15.00
1945 cover CASABLANCA to 'Commander WFR Segrave, RN, c/o Foreign Office'

1945 (Jan) cover from GB to 'Commander W. Segrave RN, c/o Foreign Office' [By Diplomatic Bag] with octagonal Crown PASSED P.211 h/s. Office of British Naval Liaison Offices, Casablanca, Morocco [Route: likely via Lisbon to Gibraltar and forwarded to Casablanca] William Francis Roderick Segrave DSC, RN. Ref: 311-070.


Price: £25.00
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 CEYLON to GB. RAF POST 3 p/m. RAF censor R17/489 h/s.

1945 Air Mail cover from CEYLON to GB with d/r. RAFPOST CEYLON 39 p/m. [Kandy; HQ Air Command S E Asia] and RAF censor R17/489 h/s. Also PC 90 OBE label tied by tri. FIELD CENSOR 174 h/s. [India] From 'S/L WE Sandbach' and self censored. [Squadron Leader RAF] Ref: 310-118.


Price: £9.00
1945 cover CZECH Republic to Praha. JANOVICE p/m. censor 11696 h/s.

1945 cover from the CZECH Republic to Praha with d/r. JANOVICE p/m. and British shield censor 11696 h/s. - No. 1 Czech. Independant Armoured Brigade: UNIT. Company of Heavy Workshops. Ref: 307-129.


Price: £12.00
1945 cover DENMARK to 'Cpl. Kraul, M. Royal Air Force, Sunningdale, England'

1945 (Sept) cover from DENMARK to 'Cpl. Kraul, M. Royal Air Force, Sunningdale, England' with ESBJERG slogan m/c. and tied Danmark Udlandspostkontrolle label. NB: Folded and worn. Ref: 306-086.


Price: £6.00
1945 cover DJIBOUTI to France with Free French censor

1945 cover from DJIBOUTI [Somali] to France with d/r. COTE Fse. SOMALIS / DJIBOUTI p/m. [Type PM1] and Free French censor No. 2. [Type H8]. From 'BMCFS, Djibouti'. Also d/r. BATAILLON MALGACHE de la CFS cachet to rear. Ref: 308-108.


Price: £35.00
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 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 GB to 'Acting Commander W Seagrave DSC RN, Casablanca, Morocco'

1945 (Jan) cover from GB to 'Acting Commander W. Segrave DSC RN, Office of British Naval Liaison Offices, Casablanca, Morocco, c/o Foreign Office' endorsed "by bag" [Diplomatic Bag] with octagonal Crown PASSED P.211 h/s. [Route: likely via Lisbon to Gibraltar and forwarded to Casablanca] William Francis Roderick Segrave DSC, RN. Ref: 310-009.


Price: £25.00