|BC037V||Pub Signs - The Spitfire, single stamp cover, unsigned||£15.00||Buy Now|
|BC037A||Pub Signs - The Spitfire, unsigned||£35.00||Limited Availability|
|BC037E||Pub Signs - The Spitfire, unsigned (FLOWN)||£40.00||Buy Now|
|BC037F||Pub Signs - The Spitfire, signed by John Pattison DFC DSC and Mick Shand DFC||£60.00||Limited Availability|
|BC037B||Pub Signs - The Spitfire, signed by Sir Christopher Foxley-Norris||£75.00||Limited Availability|
|BC037LF||Pub Signs - The Spitfire, signed Neville Duke DSO DFC (Two Bars) AFC, MC (FLOWN)||£75.00||Limited Availability|
|BC037FA||Pub Signs - The Spitfire, signed by Neville Duke, Mick Shand & John Pattison||£85.00||Limited Availability|
|BC037L||Pub Signs - The Spitfire, signed Neville Duke DSO DFC (Two Bars) AFC, MC||£95.00||Limited Availability|
|BC037C||Pub Signs - The Spitfire, signed by Paul Tibbets||£100.00||Buy Now|
|BC037P||Pub Signs - The Spitfire, signed by Paddy Barthropp DFC and Sir Neil Wheeler DSO DFC||£100.00||Limited Availability|
|BC037Q||Pub Signs - The Spitfire, signed by Chief Test Pilot, Alex Henshaw||£100.00||Limited Availability|
|BC037H||Pub Signs-The Spitfire, signed by Sir Christopher Foxley-Norris, Neville Duke & Paddy Barthropp||£125.00||Limited Availability|
|BC037T||Pub Signs - The Spitfire, signed by Neville Duke DSO DFC & Peter Twiss OBE DSC||£125.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 12/08/2003
Issue Name: Pub Signs - The Spitfire
Producer: Buckingham Covers
When Royal Mail issued a set of Pub Signs stamps, Tony instantly thought of one of his favourite pubs, The Spitfire at Kings Hill. It stands on a former World War II RAF airfield. Our official Shepherd Neame Spitfire cover proved an astoundingly popular collectable.
Some incredible RAF heroes signed for us. Many of them seldom sign and their autographs are rare. Air Chief Marshal Sir Christopher Foxley-Norris DSO OBE KCB GCB signed the cover just before he passed away. We were very touched by his kindness and generosity of this truly great man.
Pub signs are living history. They reflext important people and politics of their time. There are hundreds of pubs, for example, named after monarchs and about 600 pubs called the Red Lion which dates back to when James I (James VI of Scotland) became King and ordered the Red Lion of Scotland to be displayed in as many public buildings as possible. There are almost as many White Harts, which was the emblem of Richard II. Or they can take their name from the local aristocracy such as the Duke Head, or great military leaders like Nelson and Wellington.
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Air Chief Marshal Sir Christopher Neil Foxley-Norris GCB, DSO, OBE, FRSA was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force. A squadron commander during the Second World War, he later served as Commander-in-Chief RAF Germany in the late 1960s.
Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr. was a brigadier general in the United States Air Force. He is best known as the pilot who flew the B-29 Superfortress known as the Enola Gay when it dropped Little Boy, the first of two atomic bombs used in warfare, on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
Mick Shand DFC was Alan Deere's wingman and went to a "holiday camp" after being shot down. Stalag Luft III wasn't quite five star accommodation so he and a number of others tried to leave. He was one of the lucky ones the Germans didn't execute after "The Great Escape" made famous by the film and Steve McQueen's motorbike.
Squadron Leader Neville Frederick Duke, DSO, OBE, DFC & Two Bars, AFC, FRAeS was a British test pilot and fighter ace of the Second World War. He was the most successful Western Allied ace in the Mediterranean Theatre, and was credited with the destruction of 27 enemy aircraft.
John Pattison, DFC, DSO was shot down over Folkestone during the Battle of Britain, and spent seven months in a service hospital. On his return he was shot down again and "enjoyed a swim" off Dungeness for three days before being rescued. His final comment was "so for hanging around and staying alive they gave me two medals and promoted me to Group Captain". Like most veterans, he is a modest man!
Paddy Barthropp DCS was Douglas Bader's wingman. He too was shot down and spent time in many camps including Stalag Luft 111.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Henry Neil George Wheeler, GCB, CBE, DSO, DFC & Bar, AFC was a senior Royal Air Force officer.
Alexander Adolphus Dumfries Henshaw, MBE was a British air racer in the 1930s and a test pilot for Vickers Armstrong during the Second World War.
Lionel Peter Twiss OBE, DSC & Bar was a British test pilot who holds the World Air Speed Record as the first man to fly a jet aircraft faster than 1,000 mph.