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70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

Collection Issue Date: 15th September 2010

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.

Issue Information

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..."

Technical Information

Illustrations Keith Woodcock
Design kCreative
Text Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork MBE BA FRAeS
Printer BDT
Stamp Size 36 x 36mm
Colours 4
Process Offset Lithography
Format 2 Sheets of 12 Stamps
Perforations 14 per 2cm
Paper 102gms
Date of Issue 20th April 2010

Collection Products

Battle of Britain Day Special Signed Cover
Battle of Britain Day Special Signed Cover

Product Code: OC99

A unique World War II commemoration, this limited edition Isle of Man Post Office cover features all six of our Battle of Britain stamps, cancelled with a special postmark, and signed by Royal Air Force hero Squadron Leader G. H. A. Wellum, of No 92 Squadron, Spitfires.

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Battle of Britain Memorial Day Special Signed Cover
Battle of Britain Memorial Day Special Signed Cover

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.

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Battle of Britain Churchill Speech Special Signed Cover
Battle of Britain Churchill Speech Special Signed Cover

Product Code: OC98

Wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s unforgettable tribute to the RAF pilots of the Battle of Britain, ‘the Few’, is remembered in this limited edition collectable, signed by two of those pilots and incorporating all six of our special commemorative stamps.

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