|BCSHEET63||Bomber Command Mint Stamp Sheet - Unsigned||£30.00||Sold Out|
|BCSHEET63S||Bomber Command Mint Stamp Sheet - Signed Bill Randle||£45.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 12/04/2012
Issue Name: Bomber Command Mint Stamp Sheet
Producer: Buckingham Covers
RAF Bomber Command played a crucial role during the Second World War, attacking and bombing German airbases, shipping, troops and communications. Our stamp sheet pays tribute to 55,573 young men of Bomber Command who made the ultimate sacrifice.
During World War II, while the Spitfires and Hurricanes of RAF Fighter Command defended the United Kingdom against German aerial attacks, RAF Bomber Command attacked the enemy's own military strength - by bombing their airbases, shipping, troops, communications and all industries used in the German war effort. Towards the beginning of the war Winston Churchill was notably quoted as saying: "The fighters are our salvation, but the bombers alone provide the means of victory."
In the 2,074 days and nights between 3 September 1939 and 7-8 August 1945 a total of 387,416 sorties were flown, over 955,000 tons of bombs were dropped and 8953 aircraft were lost. 55,573 young airmen made the ultimate sacrifice, and the VC was awarded to no fewer than 23 airmen of Bomber Command during the war, many posthumously.
What are stamp sheets?
A stamp sheet is around A4 size and contains 10 first class stamps (the poppy stamps in this stamp sheet being an example) contained in a special design. The stamps are valid for postage, but you don't want to be ripping this up! Most people collect sheets in an album although some of them frame them for the wall.
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Total number of sheets printed: 500
A small number of these covers have been personally signed by Group Captain WSO Bill Randle. Bill Randle is someone who to us symbolises the theme of this sheet - courage, endurance, sacrifice and duty - and we are extremely proud to have him as our signer. Bill has a rich history in aviation, and flew with 150 Squadron during the Second World War, based at Snaith in Yorkshire. He survived no fewer than 8 Wellington crashes, for which his colleagues jokingly awarded him an 'Iron Cross, Second Class', and developed (quite rightfully) a reputation as a survivor and escaper.