|BC527AD2||75th Anniversary of Battle of Britain Stamps from Miniature Sheet Doubled Cover||£25.00||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 15/09/2015
Issue Name: 75th Anniversary of Battle of Britain Stamps from Miniature Sheet Doubled C
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Commemorating 'The Few' our cover has been designed by Clair and features a beautiful painting by artist Mark Bromley. This cover features the stamps taken from the miniature sheet along with a Biggin Hill postmark, and has been doubled with a single Battle of Britain stamp and a Battle of Britain Day Bentley Priory Stanmore postmark.
The Battle of Britain
In the summer of 1940, the German Luftwaffe attempted to win air superiority over southern Britain and the English Channel by destroying the Royal Air Force and the British aircraft industry. This attempt came to be known as the Battle of Britain, and victory over the RAF was seen by the Germans as absolutely essential if they were to eventually invade the British Isles.
The Battle officially began on 13 August 1940, with an all-out assault on Aldertag ('Eagle Day'). Five waves of bombers and fighters were sent against nine airfields - from Eastchurch to Portland. At times the Luftwaffe threatened to overwhelm the Kent and Sussex sectors, but airfields were rapidly repaired and there was a continuous flow of replacement aircraft and pilots.
The brave pilots responsible for the aerial defence were famously referenced by then Prime Minister, Winston Churchill as 'The Few'. They were 2353 young men from Great Britain and 574 from overseas, pilots and other aircrew, who are officially recognised as having taken part in the Battle of Britain. Each flew at least one authorised operational sortie with an eligible unit of the Royal Air Force or Fleet Air Arm during the period 10 July to 31 October 1940. 544 lost their lives during the Battle period, a further 791 were killed in action or died in the course of their duties before the war eventually ended.
It is widely believed that had the Germans succeeded in their aim of destroying the RAF , they would have been able to invade Britain relatively easily, as at the time the country was the only European power resisting Nazi Germay.
'The Few' are still remembered 75 years on in 2015, with a number of events organised throughout the year including Spitfire Memorial flights operated by RAF Coningsby from April through to September and the memorial in Capel, Kent has been expanded to include a brand new visitor centre, which was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few' - Winston Churchill
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