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Sinking of the Tirpitz: Lancaster stamp

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As above, but signed by 2nd in Command, Sqn Ldr Tony Iveson £27.50 Limited Availability
As above signed by the late Flt Lt Bob Knights DFO DFC, one of the 617 aircraft captains £27.50 Buy Now
As above signed by Flt Lt Freddie Watts DFC, one of the 617 aircraft captains £27.50 Limited Availability
2004 Tirpitz with IOM stamp, 2019 P/M & 75th ann cachet, signed by RAF Pilot Tony Iveson £15.00 Pre Order
60th Anniversary of Tirpitz destroyed, flown in Lancaster with 2 Isle of Man Lancaster stamp. £12.95 Sold Out
As above signed by Group Captain Tait , famous leader of 617 Squadron £35.00 Sold Out

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The 65th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Tirpitz "The destruction of this ship is the greatest event at sea at the present time. No other target is comparable to it" - Sir Win...


Issue Date: 12/11/2004

Issue Name: stamp issue name

Producer: Buckingham Covers

The 65th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Tirpitz

"The destruction of this ship is the greatest event at sea at the present time. No other target is comparable to it" - Sir Winston Churchill.

On 12th November 1944, 617 Squadron, otherwise known as The Dambusters, set off from Lossiemouth. The target was the Tirpitz, the German battleship menacing British shipping and cutting off food suppies.

None of the men who were flying that day expected to return home. Even with extra fuel tanks, the Tirpitz was only just in range and close by was a crack squadron of German fighters who could easily shoot Lancasters out of the sky, before they even reached their target. It was a suicide mission.

But luck was with them that night.

They sighted Tirpitz 14,000ft below them. The Lancasters lined up over the target and the Tallboy bombs rained down. The first two direct hits pierced the decks then her magazine blew up with a tremendous explosion. Tirpitz was sunk.

It took incredible marksmanship to hit such a tiny target and the men who thought never to see their families again came back home after all.

Hold History in your Hand

Our 60th anniversary cover is a stunning tribute to the courage of those men.

Frank Wootton's magnificent painting on the cover captures the exact moment that Tallboys from 617 Squadron's Lancasters rained down destruction on the Tirpitz.

Each cover was flown in a Lancaster of the BBMF during the D-Day celebrations in 2004. This Tirpitz cover raised over £2,500 for Bomber Command.

Signed Editions

We are proud that the then 4 surviving 617 Squadron aircraft Captains signed for us:

Group Captain Tait DSO**, DFC**, ADC (the leader) Squadron Leader Tony Iveson DFC Flt Lt Bob Knights DFO DFC Flt Lt Freddie Watts DFC

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