Unique collectables, each signed by Royal Air Force heroes of World War II.
A rare opportunity to own Battle of Britain collectables signed by wartime RAF heroes; these Isle of Man Post Office special edition covers are highly desirable collector's items and wonderful gift ideas.
Isle of Man Post Office is delighted to give you the rare opportunity to own fabulous collectables signed by heroes of the Battle of Britain.
We commissioned a set of six stamps and a miniature sheet featuring stunning artwork by the renowned aviation artist Keith Woodcock to commemorate this vital period of World War II.
Among the exceptional products produced were a series of special edition covers signed by Royal Air Force servicemen.
These unique collector's items were strictly limited to just 250 examples of each.
The special covers feature all six of our commemorative stamps, cancelled with a special postmark, and comes with an information card detailing the distinguished RAF careers of each signatory.
The Battle of Britain limited edition cover is signed by Squadron Leader G. H. A. Wellum (No 92 Squadron, Spitfires), author of the acclaimed book 'First Light'.
Our Memorial Day special signed cover is signed by Flight Lieutenant Owen V. Burns, Sergeant Burns (WOP/AG, No 235 Squadron, Blenheims) and Flight Lieutenant William L. B. Walker, Pilot Officer Walker (No 616 Squadron, Spitfires).
Finally, there is the Churchill Speech limited edition cover, signed by Ken Wilkinson and "Pick" Pickering, who were known during their service years as Squadron Leader T. G. "Pick" Pickering, Sergeant Pickering (Nos 32 and 501 Squadrons, Hurricanes), and Flying Officer K. A. Wilkinson, Sergeant Wilkinson (Nos 616 and 19 Squadrons, Spitfires).
The Battle of Britain was the name given to the air campaign waged by the German Air Force against the United Kingdom during the summer and autumn of 1940. The objective of the German campaign was to gain air superiority over the Royal Air Force (RAF), especially Fighter Command.
The name derives from a famous speech delivered by Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the House of Commons: "The Battle of France is over. I expect the Battle of Britain is about to begin..."
|Text||Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork MBE BA FRAeS|
|Stamp Size||36 x 36mm|
|Format||2 Sheets of 12 Stamps|
|Perforations||14 per 2cm|
|Date of Issue||20th April 2010|
Product Code: OC97
Signed by two Battle of Britain pilots, this special limited edition Isle of Man Post Office cover commemorates Memorial Day, showcasing our six exclusive Battle of Britain stamps and the career details of the RAF heroes.