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Published on July 16th, 2015 | by admin

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The Battle Of Britain Stamps Launched

This month it is the 75th anniversary of the Second World War air campaign of 1940 known as The Battle of Britain. This was the German air force’s attempt to gain air superiority over the RAF as German Luftwaffe planes began air strikes over these shores.

Complimenting a commemorative Battle of Britain coin already available here at the Post Office Shop, now a new set of Battle of Britain stamps have also been launched to mark the 75th anniversary of the conflict including a presentation pack.

There were many heroes of the Battle of Britain as Germany were ultimately prevented from invading Britain at that time thanks to the bravery of a small band of young RAF fighter pilots and now a snapshot of this battle has been captured in a set of six special stamps.

One of the turning points of the Second World War

Recognised as one of the pivotal moments of history, the 112- day battle of 1940 lasted from 10th July to 31st October and saw 544 RAF Fighter Command pilots killed and over 1,000 aircraft lost during the conflict.

Paying tribute to the men and women who helped protect Britain from the formidable threat of the Luftwaffe 75 years ago, the six stamps featuring black and white photographs taken between July and October 1940. These include three first class stamps as well as three for £1.33 and feature imagery of pilots, ground crew and operations room staff.

Amongst the set of six stamps is former RAF armourer Corporal Fred Roberts who appears on one of the commemorative stamps rearming a Spitfire between sorties during the conflict. The army veteran, who is now 95 and resides in Swansea, was just 20 years of age when the photo of him was taken at Fowlmere, near Duxford where 19 Squadron for whom he served, were based.

BoB Armourer

These special stamps also feature the immortal tribute paid by Sir Winston Churchill to the pilots: ‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.’

A special postmark will appear on letters from today until 18th July and Royal Mail vans close to RAF bases will also mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain by carrying an image of one of the stamps.

The issuing of these special stamps follows on from an RAF fly-past witnessed by the Queen and members of the Royal Family earlier this month. A set of stamps to mark the Battle of Britain were first issued in 1965.

Presentation Pack

 

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