|BCC103SP4||Falklands War Coin Cover with single stamp and label, signed by Martin Withers||£50.00||Buy Now|
|BCC103SP3||Falklands War Coin Cover with single stamp and label, signed Withers, Knight, Masefield, Beetham||£60.00||Limited Availability|
|BCC103SP2||Falklands War Coin Cover with Ascension Island stamps, signed Withers, Beetham, Reeve, McDougall||£75.00||Limited Availability|
|BCC103||25th Anniversary of the Falklands War Coin Cover, unsigned||£50.00||Sold Out|
|BCC103SP5||Falklands War Coin Cover with Ascension Island stamps, signed Martin Withers & John Reeve||£50.00||Sold Out|
|BCC103S||25th Anniversary of the Falklands War Coin Cover, signed by Martin Withers DFC||£90.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 14/06/2007
Issue Name: Vulcan Bomber Coin Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
On the 1st May 1981 a Vulcan Bomber flew from Ascension to the Falkland Islands and bombed the airfield at Port Stanley. This is the equivalent of flying from Brize Norton, bombing Chicago and flying all the way back! It is debatable how much damage this mission did, but it was nonetheless an incredible feat and must have frightened the invaders! The pilot of this mission, Martin Withers won a DFC for his bravery throughout the operation.
Our dramatic cover features 2 fabulous Vulcan Bomber stamps from Ascension (postmarked in Ascension) and the Falklands (postmarked in Stanley), plus a British Union Jack stamp, postmarked on the 25th anniversary date in Porstmouth. Encapsulated within the cover is a striking special Falklands 25th Anniversary coin.
It is available signed by the following:
BCC103SP2: - Martin Withers, Sir Michael Beetham, Neil McDougall & John Reeve
BCC10SP3: - Martin Withers, Sir Michael Beetham, Barry Masefield & Sir Michael Knight
BCC103SP4: - Martin Withers
BCC103SP5: - Martin Withers & John Reeve
Operation Black Buck One
The aim of Black Buck One was to deprive the Argentinians the use of Stanley airfield for their Super Etendard, Mirage and Skyhawk jets. If they had been able to fly out of Stanley. It meant the British task force ships would be faced with the threat of air attack from any direction for as long as they remained within Sea Harrier range of the Falklands. If the Sea Harriers were moved away, they would not be able to cover the eventual landing of the British Forces.
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Martin Withers was a Flight Lieutenant at the time of Black Buck 1, the first of seven Vulcan bomber missions which effectively marked the beginning of the conflict. The 16-hour flight from Ascension Island to Port Stanley and back on April 30 and May 1, 1982 was also the longest non-stop bombing mission in history.
John Reeve joined the RAF in 1965 and after pilot training at Cranwell completed two tours on the Vulcan, first at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire and then at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus.
Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Michael James Beetham, GCB, CBE, DFC, AFC, FRAeS, (17 May 1923 – ) was a World War II bomber pilot and a high-ranking commander in the Royal Air Force from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Squadron Leader Barry Masefield (Ret'd) joined the Royal Air Force in 1959 as a Radar Technician Apprentice. After graduation he retrained as aircrew in 1963 and subsequently flew in Shackleton and Nimrod aircraft in Maritime Command until 1979.
Sir Michael Knight has been a front-line pilot with experience of flying over 100 different types of aircraft. After service on the Air Force Board and as the UK's Military Representative to NATO, he retired as an Air Chief Marshal, but reverted to Flying Officer to help with ATC and CCF training. In 2001 he was appointed an Honorary Air Commodore in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.