Aviation First Day Covers / Book Plates
Shown below are images of some of my collection now for sale. As with each section on this site there are MANY MORE available with some great signatures, including, Barnes Wallis, Arthur 'Bomber' Harris, Douglas Bader, Dambuster and Battle Of Britain veterans, Luftwaffe Aces etc etc. Please contact me if there is a particular FDC you are looking for that has either an Aviation or Motorsport theme, and it may be that I can help you fill in that space in your collection whilst reducing mine. We will update the site as quickly as time and life allows in the meantime.
Mosquito Special-Multi Signed
Here we have a great Multi Signed First Day Cover commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Mosquito coming into service with the RAF. This cover is one of VERY FEW items signed by the Mosquito designer Edward Bishop, which makes it a great collector's piece, let alone the additional signatures of Leonard Cheshire VC, John Cunningham DFC, DSO CBE, and Mosquito test pilot Pat Fillingham ! An amazing piece of WWII history. Price :- £125.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
Thunderbirds Display Team Signed 1975
The Thunderbirds Display team have been a part of the USAF since 1953, and their history as a squadron, goes right back to 1917. I've been lucky enough to see them display here in the UK, and a very impressive display it was too ! This cover has been signed by the 1975 Team, and is quite a rare cover to find now. Price :- £20.00 +p+p
Field Marshall Slim Signed FDC.
Very much one of the sought after signatures of WWII by collectors, that of Field Marshall William Joseph Slim, KG, GCB,GCMG,GCVO, GBE, DSO MC, adorns this Reconquest of Burma Campaign Cover. 'Bill' Slim saw action in WWI & WWII. (The same cover sold for just over £200 on Ebay recently). c/w CoA. Price :- £125.00 +p+p
RAF Uxbridge BOB Anniversary-Martel Sign
This RAF Uxbridge FDC is Signed by WWII Polish Pilot, Ludwik Martel. Martel, who flew with 54, 58, 317, & 603 Squadrons during the War, was the youngest Polish Pilot to fight in the Battle Of Britain. c/w CoA. Price :- £29.00 +p+p
Ken Brown Signed 617 Cover
Here we have a Cover Commemorating the Disbandment of 617 Sqn, date stamped 31-12-1981. The cover is signed by the Crew of Vulcan XL318 who flew the cover on 27-11-1981, but it is also signed by Dams Raid Pilot Ken Brown, who flew Lancaster AJ-F in May 1943. c/w CoA. Price :- £65.00 +p+p
Rasmussen Signed B17 Cover
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the start of the design of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, this cover is Signed by American Philip Rassmussen. Philip was one of the few USAF pilots to get into the air on December 7th 1941 during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbour. He got his P36 Hawk in the air, and shot down an A6M Zero despite a jammed gun, and eventually landed his heavily damaged aircraft with around 500 bullet holes.He was awarded the Silver Star. Price :- £25.00 +p+p (Sorry Sold)
If you like your Bomber Command Memorabilia, here we have the Dambusters FDC, Signed by an amazing list of names from WWII :- Sir Barnes Wallis, Leonard Cheshire VC, Arthur 'Bomber' Harris, and Dams Raid veterans, Mick Martin, George J. Johnson, Les Munro, Len Sumpter, Ray Grayston, & Fred Sutherland ! A RARE item. Price :- £345.00 +p+p
Robin Olds-Steve Pisanos-Perry Dahl- Sig
If your WWII interest is on the American Side, you'll like this FDC (40th Anniversary of the RAF using a Mitchell Aircraft). It comes signed by highly decorated pilots Brigadier General Robin Olds, Colonel Steve Pisanos, and Col.Perry J.Dahl. A great collection of USAF signatures on one cover ! Price :- £39.00 +p+p
Schneider Trophy Winner Signed FDC
This cover commemorates Air Chief Marshall Sir John Boothman winner of the Schneider Trophy in his Supermarine S6b in 1931, but is signed by Air Vice Marshall S.N.Webster CBE AFC, who won the Schneider Trophy for Great Britain in 1927 in his Supermarine S5 at an average speed of 281.65mph. A rare signature to add to any collection ! Price :- £29.00 +p+p
James Doolittle & Peter-Eder Signed Cover
This cover is signed by General James Doolittle, who was awarded the Medal of Honour for personal valour and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid, a bold long-range retaliatory air raid on some of the Japanese main islands on April 18, 1942, four months after the attack on Pearl Harbour. Also signed by Luftwaffe Pilot Georg Peter-Eder. Eder flew 572 combat missions claiming 78 enemy aircraft shot down in total. c/w CoA. Price :- £90.00 +p+p.
A lovely First Flight of the Concorde First Day Cover, date stamped 3rd of March 1969. In very nice condition, and comes with the signature of Concorde Test Pilot, Brian Trubshaw very nicely done just above the Aircraft. c/w CoA. Price :- £65.00 +p+p
Multisigned AE Award FDC
Another of the Medal Series of Multi Signed FDCs, this one for the Air Efficiency Award. In great condition, and has a great list of pilot signatures adorning it :- D.Crowley-Milling,H.G.Davies, Frank Dodd,SandyJohnstone, B.R.Vanneck. H.M.Stephen,& Don Kingaby. c/w CoA. Price :- £59.00 +p+p
G.Wellum signed Gibraltar Battle Of Britain 70th
Here is a very limited edition (No.1 of only 6), Gibraltar FDC commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Battle Of Britain. With a superb set of stamps featuring Spitfire, Hurricane, Defiant, Master (Rare), and Gladiator, and of course signed by one of 'The Few', Geoffrey Wellum. Price :- £19.00 +p+p
Hartmann, Rall, Galland etc
This is an unusual item in that it's a Multi Signed Air Mail Letter Envelope, but with some great signatures on it. Signed By :- Adolf Galland, Erich Hartmann, Gunther Rall, Edu Neumann, Hermann Graf, Robert Kowalinski and D.R Rogers who flew the 'cover/envelope'. Price :- £90.00 +p+p
MULTI SIGNED Aircrew Europe Star FDC
One of the most stunning lists of WWII signatures you'll find on any FDC. This Aircrew Europe Star cover is Signed by ;- Michael Beetham,John Lapsley, Wallace Kyle, J.B.Tait, Hamish Mahaddie, Bird-Wilson, Fred Rosier,Bill Reid VC,John Cruickshank VC,Leonard Cheshire VC,'Ginger' Lacey,Bob Stanford-Tuck,Rod Learoyd VC,Mick Martin,John Cunningham,David Shannon,Hugh Verity,Crowley-Milling,Norman Jackson VC,Johnnie Johnson ! No.10 of only 16 produced. Rare item ! Price :- £185.00 +p+p.
Barnes Wallis Int Air Day-Signed
This International Air Day at Hartland Point First Day Cover, date stamped 7th of August 1971, is signed by Sir Barnes Wallis. Price :- £185.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
Portal of Hugerford Signed
Sir Charles Portal, MRAF, KG,GCB,OM,DSO & Bar, MC, The Viscount Portal of Hungerford is one of those signatures people are keen to add to their WWII collections. IF you take a look at his War record, theur is no wonder he is high on the list ! Here we have his signature on a Franklin D Roosevelt First Day Issue cover, date stamped January 29th, 1966 ! So a rare and interesting cover as well. In very nice condition, and comes with the Certificate of Authenticity. Rare item. Price :- £95.00 +p+p
Closure of RAF Oakington-Odette Hallowes
Date stamped 7-3-1975, this cover commemorates the closure of RAF Oakington, and comes with the signature of Odette Hallowes, GC MBE L'd'Honneur. Comes with the CoA. Price :- £49.00 +p+p
Brian Trubshaw Signed-Air Tattoo
A very nice FDC celebrating the International Air Tattoo 1994, and also Concorde's 25th Anniversary. In great condition with some really nice Concorde Stamps and a D-Day one. Suitably signed by Chief Concorde Test Pilot, Brian Trubshaw. Comes with CoA. Price :- £65.00 +p+p
6 Sqn 60 Years Continuous Service 31-1-7
Commemorating 60 Years of Continuous Service for No.6 Squadron RAF, on 31-1-1974. This cover comes signed by two great Luftwaffe Pilots, Adolf Galland, and Major General Carl-August von Schoenbeck. The second of the two being a much harder signature to find these days. Schoenbeck served in both WWI & WWII. (Also signed by the pilot that flew the cover). Price :- £55.00 +p+p
Dambusters FDC - Barnes Wallis Signed
For those of you that love collecting covers/signatures etc, you will know that the Barnes Wallis Signed Barnes Wallis covers can still be found occasionally, but it's a lot more difficult to find a Dambusters Cover signed by Sir Barnes Wallis. Here we have just that. Dated Stamped Scampton 23-6-1972. (Also signed by Wing Commander F.M.A.Hines who fittingly flew the cover in a Vulcan B Mk.2 of 617 Squadron). c/w CoA. Price :- £265.00 +p+p
R.J. Mitchell Cover Multi Signed
Celebrating the genius of R.J.Mitchell, and the 40th Anniversary of the First Flight of the Supermarine Spitfire, this cover is signed by 3 of its' most famous pilots :- Air Vice Marshall Johnnie Johnson, Group Captain Douglas Bader, and Wing Commander Bob Stanford Tuck. c/w CoA. Price :- £110.00 +p+p
Vera Lynn Signed VE Day Cover
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of VE Day, May 8th 1995, this cover comes with some great Isle Of Man VE Day stamps, the famous image of people celebrating on the day in 1945 in the Trafalgar Square water, and of course, fittingly signed by the lady whose voice brings back so many memories of those times, Dame Vera Lynn. Price :- £22.00 +p+p
Robert Morgan Signed
Famous as the pilot of the B-17 Flying Fortress, 'Memphis Belle' , Col Robert Morgan has signed this North Carolina Bicentennial Cover, and it was flown in the B-17 used during the filming of the movie. Also signed by the owner of the B-17 used in the film, David Tallichet. Rare Cover. c/w CoA. Price :- £30.00 +p+p
Lettice Curtis Signed 8 of 11
Here we have a lovely Duxford Spitfires FDC, signed by one of those wonderful ATA 'Girls', Lettice Curtis. Becoming one of the main 'groups' of people from WWII to be collected just lately, anything signed by an ATA member is now high on many people's list. Very nice condition cover. No.8 of only 11 produced. Price :- £24.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold)
Lord Louis Mountbatten Signed
Commemorating the First Launch of Aircraft from a ship whilst out at sea, HMS Hibernia, 8th May, 1912. In lovely condition, and date stamped 8th May 1979. Signed by Mountbatten of Burma, and Major J.L.R.Samson, son of Lieutenant C.R.Samson RN. who was one of the first four officers selected for pilot training by the Royal Navy and was the first person to fly an aircraft from a moving ship. A very fitting signature for this cover. c/w CoA. Price :- £75.00 +p+p
Traudl Junge (Hitler's Secretary 1942-45)
This is a really nicely put together presentation piece, professionally mounted to include a photo of Adolf Hitler's Secretary (1942-45),Traudl Junge, sat outside Hitler's 'retreat' commonly known as the 'Eagle's Nest' near Berchtesgaden, and a First Day Cover Signed by Traudl Junge. Possibly Unique. This comes with a UACC CoA, and full information to the rear. An unusual item for the serious WWII collector. Price :- £85.00 +p+p
Barnes Wallis Signed Own FDC
I have for sale a Sir Barnes Wallis FDC, signed by the man himself.The cover, in very nice condition, also has a British Forces postal stamp commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the first flight of the Wellington Bomber, with a date stamp of 15th June 1976. c/w information card and photo inside with full details of this great man's career up to this point in time.RAF Biggin Hill stamp to the rear and is Certified no. 379/1250. Now much sought after. Price :- £185.00 +p+p
Multi Signed Biggin Hill FDC
Here we have a Multi Signed Biggin Hill FDC commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Battle Of Britain. It comes signed by 9 veterans :- J.Keatings,P,Ayerst, T.Gray,J.Gibson,Desmond Hughes, Richard Haine,Roy McGowan, Jock Maitland (Korea), A.G.Russell BoB 43 Sqn. Nice Condition. Price :- £22.00 +p+p
This 40th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain FDC comes signed by a stunning list of WWII veterans. Douglas Bader, Johnnie Johnson, Bob Stanford-Tuck, John Cunningham, and James 'Ginger' Lacey ! In very nice condition. Price :- £135.00 +p+p
Bader Signed Trafford Leigh Mallory FDC
I have an unusual combination on a First Day Cover, but a very suitable one where the Battle Of Britain is concerned. AVM Trafford Leigh-Mallory was the commander of 12 Section, and was the instigator with support from Bader of the controversial 'Big Wing'. Nice Condition. Price :- £69.00 +p+p
1st Jet Flight FDC - Signed Frank Whittle
Here we have the first day cover commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the 1st UK Jet Flight, signed by none other than Sir Frank Whittle. A rare signature to find these days. Cover is in very nice condition. Price :- £125.00 +p+p
Bob Stanford Tuck Signed FDC
This 92 Squadron cover commemorates the 33rd Anniversary of the Battle Of Britain. Date stamped 15-9-1973, and is signed by Bob Stanford Tuck who was Squadron Leader of the Hawker Hurricane-equipped No. 257 Squadron RAF, based at RAF Coltishall during the Battle of Britain. Really strong signature ! Price :- £22.00 +p+p
BOB 60th Anniversary BOB Multi Signed
Another FDC cover that comes Multi Signed commemorating the Battle Of Britain. This one is for the 60th Anniversary and comes with a great image from those heady days in 1940, along with the 1939-45 Star Medal. It is signed by Alan Burdekin,H.K.Wakefield,Billy Drake,Desmond Fopp,John Down,Paul Patten,Richard Jones,& K.R.Lusty ! Very Nice Condition. Price :- £24.00 +p+p.
Ginger Lacey 44th Anniversary BOB FDC
Commemorating the 44th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, this FDC is signed by James 'Ginger' Lacey who was the second highest scoring RAF fighter pilot of the Battle of Britain, behind Pilot Officer Eric Lock of No. 41 Squadron. BBMF Pilot Paul Day has also signed this one. In lovely condition. Price :- £34.00 +p+p
'Scramble' Multi Signed FDC
This FDC comes with a great image and is entitled, 'Scramble'. No.4 of only 10 produced, this cover stamped with the 59th Anniversary of the BOB,and has the signatures of 5 Battle Of Britain veterans, Viv Snell,Ken Wilkinson,Ken MacKenzie, Ken Lee, Les Harvey. In lovely condition. Price :- £29.00 +p+p
Johnnie Johnson Signed cw 50p Coin FDC
Here we have a really nice Battle of Britain 60th Anniversary FDC c/w Matching BUNC 50p Coin, which is also signed in silver pen by the highest scoring Western Allied Pilot of WWII, Air Vice Marshall, Johnnie Johnson. A rare cover to find. Very Nice Condition. Price :- £35.00 +p+p
Douglas Bader Signed FDC
FDC to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Battle Of Britain in 1980 and comes with the signature of Douglas Bader. c/w Certificate Of Authenticity. No.88 of a limited edition of signed covers. Price :- £80.00 +p+p
BOB/Dowding Multi Signed FDC
Although a basic cover, it comes with a great list of Battle Of Britain veterans' signatures. Signed by Richard Jones,Graham Leggett,Trevor Gray,Tony Pickering,Ken Wilkinson,Peter Ayerst,& Richard Haine. Price :- £20.00 +p+p
Johnny Kent Signed First Day Cover
40th Anniversary Battle of Britain/Biggin Hill FDC signed by Johnnie Kent. Very nice condition cover. Price :- £29.00 +p+p
Ginger Lacey FDC with £5 Coin
This Battle Of Britain First Day Cover, commemorates the contribution by one of the most famous pilots, James 'Ginger' Lacey, and comes complete with a special collectors £5 coin. In mint condition. Price :- £ 19.00 +p+p
BOB 50th Anniversary IOM cw 13 Signatures
An amazing 13 signatures have been added to this Isle Of Man Battle Of Britain 50th Anniversary FDC. Signatures are :- Carey,Winskill, Thompson,Martel, Ingle,Cosby, Thoebold,Doe,Learoyd (VC),Bird-Wilson, Barnes, Ayerst, and Dennis David ! Lovely Condition. Price :- £29.00 +p+p
Bob Stanford Tuck Signed BBMF FDC
This First Day Cover commemorates the Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which has kept those vital months of WWII in all our minds for many many years, thankfully. This 1975 cover is very nicely signed by Robert (Bob) Stanford-Tuck. Nice Condition Cover. Price:- £35.00 +p+p
Bomber Command Profile Set 1
Although neither a First Day Cover, nor a bookplate,I wasn't sure where to add this now rare Military Gallery Bomber Command Profile set/collection. In excellent condition, this set contains no fewer than 26 signed profiles, and is becoming very hard to find. Priced between £600-£800 elsewhere on the internet, now is the time to get this set at a reasonable price. Full details of the signatures are available. Price :- £375.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold)
Military Gallery Fighter Pilot Profile S
The Military Gallery Fighter Pilot Profile Set. Really sought after by collectors, these Aircrew Profile sets, produced during the mid 1980's, are one of the most unique military collectables of the past 30 years. 27 Profiles, all having the original pencil signature at the bottom of the page. Full list of names available, includes :- Oxspring, Kingcome, Townsend, Kingaby, Heppel, Deere, Dundas,Carey etc. Album & profiles in very good condition,c/w CoA. Price :- £495.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold)
30th Anniversary of VJ Day
This 101 Sqn RAF First Day Cover commemorates the 30th Anniversary of VJ Day, 15-8-1975. Adorned with a Churchill Centenary stamp, this is a very special cover as it comes with the signature of Colonel Paul Tibbets who was the pilot of the B-29 that dropped the Atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Controversial maybe, but history cannot be changed. Tibbets' signature can be found, but VERY RARELY have I seen it on a VJ Day anniversary cover. Price :- £55.00 +p+p
40th Anniversary of VJ Day 15-8-1945
This FDC portrays a Martin Baltimore plane, a very rarely shown Aircraft whether on a cover, or on a WWII limited print. This cover also commemorated the 40th Anniversary of VJ Day, and is signed by Laddie Lucas DSO, DFC, CBE. Possibly best known for his skill and bravery in the air during the Battles in the skies over Malta. Price :- £19.00 +p+p
Victory Over Japan 15-8-1945
This cover commemorates the Victory Over Japan, 15-8-1945, and comes with the signature of Ian Fraser VC DSC. Ian was awarded the VC for his daring attack in His Majesty's Midget Submarine XE-3 on a Japanese heavy cruiser of the Atago class at her moorings in Johore Strait, Singapore, on 31st July, 1945. Price :- £12.00 +p+p
Rossbach-Trautvetter,Stahl, & Ritter Sig
Here is one of the very famous First Day Covers put together by Hans Rossbach.Ref No.SC38. In lovely condition and coming with 9 B&W photos of the signees. Signed by General Rudolf Trautvetter,General Hans Ritter,bot WWI veterans & General Lt.Freidrich Stahl WWI &WWII veteran. A rare cover. The very same cover is for sale elsewhere on the Internet for over $300 ! Price :- £75.00 +p+p
Multi WWI Luftwaffe Signed Cover
A very nice and clearly signed First Day Cover with no fewer than 7 WWI Luftwaffe Pilot signatures on. Signed by :- Horst Merz,Hans Joachim von Hippel, Alfred Fleischer, Gerhard Haase, Andre Hug, Heinrich Schnitger and Rudolf Trautvetter. A very nice, and rare cover. There are Websites with FDCs with just one of these signatures asking over £100, so a real bargain for a collector. Price :- £95.00 +p+p
Order of the Bath Multisigned FDC
Here we have one of the Medal Series Multi Signed Collectors items, this one for those awarded the Order of the Bath. This comes Multi Signed by the following :- Lord Cameron, F.Dickson,C.Foxley-Norris,Lewis Hodges,Gus Walker,Denis Spotswood, Mick Martin, (Dams Pilot). In great condition.c/w CoA. Price :- £50.00 +p+p.
Dave Rodgers Signed Operation Chastise FDC
Operation Chastise was the 'official' name for the Dambusters Raid by 617 Squadron, and the signature on this FDC is that of Flt Lt. Dave Rodgers DFC who was the Rear Gunner in Lancaster AJ-T, Serial No. ED825/G. Cover in great condition. Price :- £39.00 +p+p
WWI & WWII Luftwaffe Signed
A truly stunning collection of rare early German flyers signatures from WWI & WWII.Most of these covers have been 'snapped up' by true aviation signature collectors, mainly from the stunning Rossbach covers put together years ago. Full sets of which now change hands for thousands of pounds ! Signed by :-Heinrich Schultz, Kurt Delang, Edward Zimmer, Wolfgang Altmann. Bruno Poelke, Ludwig Weber and Fredrich Obleser (KC 120 victories). Lovely condition cover c/w CoA. RARE. Price :- £125.00 +p+p
Fred West VC Signed
This cover commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the First Military Control Operations in by the RAF (1st October 1922), post date stamped in 1982. Using a stunning image by John Young, and signed by WWI Pilot Fred West VC. Price :- £18.00 +p+p
Gerd Barkhorn Signed Richthofen FDC
This FDC to commemorate Manfred von Richthofen, comes with the very distinctive signature of Major Gerhard 'Gerd'' Barkhorn. A very hard signature to find these days, and very much sought after by the collector, Barkhorn finished WWII with the second highest aerial victory tally in the Luftwaffe with 301, only Erich Harmann scoring more. c/w German postal stamps. Price :- £185.00 +p+p
Don Mallick Signed
Donald L. Mallick was a research pilot with NASA Dryden (now Armstrong) Flight Research Centre from 1963 until 1981.Mallick became Chief Pilot in 1967. He was project pilot on the YF-12 and XB-70A research programs of the late 1960s and 1970s. He later flew on the NASA Lockheed JetStar Prop-Fan, and Laminar Flow Wing programs. A great signature on this Super Critical Wing- Edwards CA cover ! Price :- £14.00 +p+p
Concorde John Chorley Signed
A very nice FDC for the Concorde Fans. This cover commemorates the first flight between Colombo and Perth, on 14th of February 1985. A great image, and signed by Concorde Pilot Capt. John Chorley. Price :- £7.00 +p+p
Concorde Les Brodie FDC
This is one of a series of Concorde Captain's Autographs First Day Covers. In superb condition, and signed on this occasion by Les Brodie. Price :- £12.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
Don Bradman Signed FDC
If you are a cricket fan, then the name Don Bradman will need no explanation, or should I say Sir Don Bradman. This lovely First Day Cover commemorating the Test Centenary between England And Australia, is suitably signed, very nicely, by Mr. Bradman ! Price :- £75.00 +p+p
Graham Hill Signed FDC
Now here's an unusual one, an aviation First Day Cover commemorating the merger of Air Support and Strike Command, featuring the Avro York from RAF Upavon, and date stamped 09/1972, but signed by the Formula One Legend Graham Hill in a dedication ! c/w CoA. A rare item. Price :- £80.00 +p+p
40th Anniversary Liberation Colditz
Also commemorating the 40th year of Victory in Europe, this First Day Cover comes with some lovely postal stamps, and the signatures of two Colditz Prisoners, Major J.Pringle, arrived at Colditz 20-8-1944, and Earl Haig OBE, who arrived on 20-11-1944. Comes with CoA. Price :- £29.00 +p+p
Operation Overlord/S.O.E. Cover- Hallowes Signed
This First Day Cover commemorates the vital work carried out by the Special Operations Executive prior to Operation Overlord. (D-Day Invasion).So often overlooked as part of the whole operation as was the mine sweeping beforehand. This Cover is signed by none other than Odette Hallowes GC, MBE, & Legion d'Honneur. Price :- £49.00 +p+p
Multi Cricket Star Signed FDC
I believe it was Bill Edrich that 'pulled together' these superbly signed First Day Covers. Bill was a Squadron Leader in the RAF during WWII, and was awarded the DFC.He flew Bristol Bleheims hence the subject of the cover, the .50th Anniversary of 1st Flight Bristol Blenheim. The cover is signed by Don Bradman Bill Edrich, Graham Gooch, Geoff Boycott, Chris Cowdrey,David Sheppard, Tony Lock, & Alf Gover ! Price :- £45.00 +p+p
Dambuster Signed-Wings Of War FDC
Quite an unusual cover, and interesting for the Dambuster fans out there. This 'Wings Of War' cover was produced by the Spitfire Society to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII. Featuring Lancaster AJ-F, running in towards the Dam, and coming with a very nice signature of Dudley P. Heal, also putting 617 Squadron under his name. In lovely condition for a 27 year old FDC. Price :- £45.00 +p+p
Karl Donitz and 3 other U Boat Aces
I have a lovely condition First Day Cover commemorating Sqn Leader T.M Bulloch DSO DFC, and it comes with the rare signatures of a stunning list of top U-Boat men of WWII. Signed by :- Admiral Karl Donitz,Robert Gysae,Reinhard Hardegen, and Karl Freidrich Merten. No.34 of only 100 ever produced. c/w CoA, and full information on each signature including photos. Price :- £155.00 +p+p
Derwent Dam FDC - 617 Veteran Signed
I have a really nice condition Derwent Dam cover, using a lovely image by John Larder, (himself a Flight Mechanic in the RAF during WWII), of the Dams Raid, and is signed by 3 617 Veterans. Len Sumpter, who was Dave Shannon's Bomb Aimer in Lancaster AJ-L, Ron Barton who was a Lancaster Fitter with 617, and Les Smith DFC, who was a gunner with Iveson's Crew on the Dortmund-EMS Canal raid. An unusual item. Price :- £45.00 +p+p
30th Anniversary B.O.B. - Adolf Galland Signed
Featuring a lovely image of the Mk1 Hurricane, V7467 as flown by Douglas Bader whilst with 242 Squadron, this 30th Anniversary of the Battle Of Britain FDC, (RAF Coltishall post marked 19-9-1970), comes with the sought after signature of Luftwaffe Ace Adolf Galland credited with 104 Aerial Victories during WWII. Price :- £45.00 +p+p
Colditz-Red Cross-Pat Reid Signed
A rare 'Return To Colditz-Oflag IV' First Day Cover, signed by Pat Reid. In very nice condition, with a postmark 16-4-1980. Comes with CoA. Price:- £125.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
Multi German- Allied Signed FDC
A stunning list of signatures adorn this multisigned RAF Cardington Airmail cover. Signed by Luftwaffe,US, and RAF pilots :- Erich Hartmann KC,top all time air ace with 352 victories, Oskar Romm KC, (92 victories), Johannes Pichler KC, (75 victories), William Beyer (US Ace with 9 victories, 5 in one day), Graham Leggett, H.M.T.Heron,Trevor Gray, Alan Gear, all Battle Of Britain pilots and Avis Hearn Military Medal. (Only 13 of these were signed like this,so a rare cover). Price :- £79.00 +p+p
VE Day 50th Anniversary with Coin
With the anniversary just around the corner, I thought I ought to list my VE Day First Day Covers. Here we have a lovely condition 1995 Royal Mint 50th Anniversary of VE Day Cover, that comes with a BUNC £2.00 Dove of Peace Coin. Price :- £12.00 +p+p
VE Day 50th Anniversary FDC with Coin
A different VE Day 50th Anniversary cover, this time from one of my favourite parts of the World, the Isle Of Man. Lovely condition c/w BUNC VE/VJ Day £2 IOM coin, Price : £14.00 +p+p.
FDC Adolf Galland etc Signed
Commemorating the 60th Anniversary First UK Aerial Post 1971, this First Day Cover has a fantastic collection of WWII signatures :- Adolf Galland, Osker Romm,(a rare signature to find with 92 aerial victories),Graham Leggett,Avis Hearn, Trevor Gray, Sq Ldr HMT Heron, Alan Gear. (Full details available of the above via e-mail). Price :- £65.00 +p+p
25th Anniversary First Deck Landing-Eric
It seems only right that a First Day Cover commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the first deck landing by a pure Jet Aircraft, should be signed by the very man that carried it out, Eric 'Winkle' Brown. Eric holds the world record for most aircraft variants flown, as well as the world record for Aircraft Carrier Take Offs and landings, well over 2000 of each ! c/w CoA. Price :- £49.00 +p+p.
Dambusters 1972 cw 23 Original Dams Sign
This is the most Dambuster Veteran signatures I have ever seen on a First Day Cover during my 30+ years of collecting, and therefore not an easy one to 'let go'. Signed onto a 1972 Dam Busters FDC, the names include, Mick Martin, Dudley Heal,'Hobby' Hobday,Les Munro, Jim Clay,Ed Johnson, Dave Shannon,Ken Brown, Dave Rodgers,Bob Kellow,Toby Fox Lee, Len Chambers etc etc. A full list available on request. Stunning. Price :- £325.00 +p+p. (Sorry, now Sold).
Pierre Clostermann Signed FDC
This FDC commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the formation of No.3 Squadron on 13th May 1972, and comes with the hard to find signature of the famous French WWII pilot Pierre Clostermann. Pierre achieved 33 air-to-air combat victories, earning the accolade "France's First Fighter" from General Charles de Gaulle. Good Condition. Price :- £45.00 +p+p
Doreen Dunning Signed FDC
This Joint Air Training Scheme FDC is signed by Lt.Col.Doreen Dunning. Doreen was the first South African woman to be called upon to volunteer for full-time war service on 01 June 1940. She was only 22 years old when she became the Officer Commander of the South African Women's Auxiliary Air Force (SAWAAF), with the rank of Major. She was the youngest officer in the British Commonwealth to attain this rank. A very rare signature to find. Very nice condition. Price :- £16.00 +p+p.
Ira Eaker, Eden and Steinhoff Signed FDC
A great 'collection' of signatures on this cover commemorating the B-17 from the Biggin Hill Airshow, in 1977. Signed by :- USAAF Ira Eaker, (a general of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II). Luftwaffe pilot Johannes Steinhoff,(176 Aerial victories) and Luftwaffe pilot Major Georg-Peter Eder, (with 78 aerial victories). An interesting collection with great wartime history. c/w CoA. Price :- £49.00 +p+p.
Multi Signed DFM First Day Cover
This cover, for The Award of the Distinguished Flying Medal, is one of only 15 Worldwide to have these signatures on. It comes signed by no less than 23 'winners' of this award ! Both Fighter and Bomber Command signatures including Dams Veterans, Steve Oaciana, Len Sumpter, Bill Howarth, George Chalmers,& Tony Burcher, alongside Fighter Pilots George Unwin, James Lacey, Frank Carey, Don Kingaby, the list goes on. Please ask for full list.VGC c/w CoA. Price :- £95.00 +p+p. (Sorry, now Sold).
H S 'Hobby' Hobday Signed Dambusterss
Very nice condition cover commemorating the 45th Anniversary of the Dams Raid. This one c/w a nice 617 Squadron Keswick postal stamp, and is signed by 'Hobby' Hobday, who was the Navigator with Les Knight's Crew in AJ-N. Certified No.44 of 75. Quite a rare find these days. Price :- £69.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
Multi Dambuster Signed-Barnes Wallis FDC
This Barnes Wallis FDC is suitably signed by no fewer than six 617 Squadron veterans :- Les Munro, Ray Grayston,Fred Sutherland,Grant McDonald, George 'Johnny' Johnson,all on the Dams raid, and adjuctant Harry Humphries. A fitting tribute to the man. No.4 of only 16 produced. Price :- £79.00 +p+p.
Lettice Curtis Signed ATA Cover
A popular 'subject' with collectors, the superb ATA. Without this wonderful band of people the war would have been a very different story. Flying all types of Aircraft, often with little or no previous flying experience in, to airfields far & wide. Many were female, and now the better known of this brave collection of unsung heroes. This FDC is signed by one of those very ladies, Lettice Curtis, and Peter Mursell who was ATA Director of training and ferry pilot. Price :- £16.00 +p+p
Eric Topp and Karl Donitz Signed FDC
This First Day Cover commemorating T.M.Bulloch DSO. DFC, comes with an amazing list of some of the top men in the Kreigsmarine during WWII. Including Grand Admiral Karl Donitz,(who also served in WWI), Erich Topp,credited with 35 ships sunk, Reinhard Suhren,with 23, and Otto Kretschmer credited with 47. All awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords ! An amazing list of names on one piece of WWII history. c/w CoA. Price :- £175.00 +p+p
Johannes Wiese Signed First Day Cover
Here we have a Manfred von Richthofen Cover, with a now very rare Luftwaffe Signature to obtain, that of Johannes Weise. Weise was credited with 133 Aerial victories in 480 Missions, (+ 75 Unconfirmed), and was awarded the Knights Cross with Oakleaves and Swords. He was so respected by the Soviet Pilots, that he was known as the 'Lion of Kuban'. Full pilot history comes with this cover too ! Price :- £49.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
Brian Trubshaw Signed Own FDC
Concorde Test Pilot Brian Trubshaw First Day Cover Signed by Brian Trubshaw, the First Concorde Test Pilot. Postmarked British Forces Postal Service 31st May 1980. Very good condition. Certified Original Signature. c/w Insert and postcard sized photo of Brian. Price :- £75.00 +p+p
'Duke' Munro Signed 45th Dams Anniversar
Another cover for those Dams Raid collectors out there. This one is for the 45th Anniversary of the Raid, and is signed by 'Duke' Munro, who was a Radar Operator on 17th May 1943. Lovely condition cover, and is Certified no.17 of 75. Price :- £24.00 +p+p
Jean Batten Signed Own FDC
Jean Gardner Batten CBE OSC was a New Zealand aviatrix. Quite possibly the best-known New Zealander of the 1930s, internationally, by making a number of record-breaking solo flights across the world. Making the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand in 1936. Hand Signed 'own' cover. Price :- £39.00 +p+p
Tom Sopwith 1976 FDC
A T.O.M.Sopwith FDC signed by the man himself in 1976. Known as Tom as his Christian name was Thomas, but if you see his signature, he tended to put T.O.M. as his full name was Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith. There you are, just in case you wondered why he puts the full stops in 'TOM'.If you find a cover signed by him, you'll see he always dated the signature too. Very nice condition cover. Price :- £39.00 +p+p
6 VC Winners FDC
This First Day Cover commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the RAF Rescue Services comes with the signatures of no less than 6 winners of the VC.Ian Frazer VC,Edward Kenner VC,Eric Wilson VC,John Cruickshank VC,Bill Reid VC, Rod Learoyd VC, Cover is in very nice condition, and c/w CoA. Price :- £59.00 +p+p. (Sorry, now Sold).
SR71 Test Pilot Signed FDC
A hard to find Robert J.Gilliland FDC, signed by Robert and also Lt Col.Eldon W.Joersz. These Gentlemen are 2 of the foremost Jet pilots of the USA, both being involved with the development and testing of the superb SR71. Full information on both pilots' careers enclosed in the cover. Price :- £29.00 +p+p
Bomber Harris FDC
I suppose you could say this is a 'Self Signed' First Day Cover. Now a much sought after signature of Arthur T Harris (Bomber), adorns this FDC commemorating his RAF career. Price :- £59.00+p+p
Admiral Karl Donitz Signed Cover
This FDC remembers Sqn Ldr Terence Bulloch DSO, DFC who ended the war with 4 confirmed U-Boat 'kills, & 2 severely damaged. Signed by Grand Admiral Karl Donitz KC with Oak Leaves,Commander of the German Navy during the second half of World War II, and the man that took over from Adolf Hitler immediately after his death was announced. (No.33/65). Price :- £85.00 +p+p
Eric Brown Signed First Day Cover
Captain Eric M 'Winkle' Brown signed on his own Test Pilots cover RAF TP36. Eric, was a British Royal Navy officer and test pilot who flew 487 types of aircraft, more than anyone else in history. He was also the most-decorated pilot in the history of the Royal Navy. Very nice condition cover. Price :- £35.00 +p+p
Bob Stanford Tuck Signed Cover
RAF Museum cover depicting a Hurricane, signed by Wing Commander Bob Stanford Tuck DFC, one of the highest scoring RAF aces of the war.Tuck had claimed 29 enemy aircraft destroyed, two shared destroyed, six probably destroyed, six damaged and one shared damaged. Price :- £24.00 +p+p
Sir William F. Dickson signed FDC
This First Day Cover features the Sopwith Camel on the First Seabourne Landplane Bombing 19/07/1918. This is signed by Sir William F.Dickson DSO, AFC who was a Royal Naval Air Service aviator during the First World War, a senior officer in the Royal Air Force during the inter-war years and a Royal Air Force commander during and after the Second World War. Price :- £12.00 +p+p.
Willy Coppens FDC
This cover depicts Col Baron Willy Coppens de Houthulst his Hanriot HD1 in combat south of Ypres in June 1918, the Belgian Air France badge and the Military Cross Flown in Belgian Air France 1 Sqn Mirage 5. Personally Signed by Colonel Baron Willy Coppens de Houthulst, DSO, MC. The leading Belgian Air Force WW1 Fighter Pilot credited with 37 victories. Price :- £29.00 +p+p.
Williamson Signed FDC
FDC for the First British Squadron specifically formed for night bombing, (No.100 Sqn), on 1st of February 1917. Cover signed by Squadron Leader J.C.Williamson MBE who flew with the squadron in 1918 and carried out 31 raids. He was shot down and captured, but escaped twice. Eventually sent to Danholm prison fot 'difficult' prisoners ! Repatriated in 1918 he went on to serve in WW2 in South Africa promoted to Sqn Leader and awarded the MBE. Nice Condition Cover. Price :- £14.00 +p+p.
Philip Fullard Signed FDC
RAF1c 1 Sqn Signed Air Cdr.P.J.Fullard 1 Sqn Shot down 53 enemy aircraft in WWl ! Royal Air Force 60th Anniversary of the Formation of No.1 Squadron flown from Bailleul, France the Operational Site of No1 (F) Squadron from 29th Match 1915 to 28th March 1918 to RAF Wittering in Harrier GR1 A XW 923. Signed by Air Cdr.P.J.Fullard 1 Sqn.Flew Nieuport depicted on cover. Shot down 53 enemy aircraft in WWl.Certified Cover no 000302 of 1000 Covers. Price :£49.00 +p+p
Turnbull Signed FDC
FDC commemorating Captain Albert Ball VC 56 Squadron Fighter Pilot Awarded the Victoria Cross in France 1917 after 44 Aerial Victories.(PO Stamped 6 Jun 76 Jersey 60th Anniversary of 56 Squadron).Signed by fellow WW1 56 Sqn pilot Eric Turnbull. Very Nice Condition. Price :- £24.50 +p+p
A C Campbell Orde Signed FDC
FDC commenorating the 60th Anniversary of the 1st Regular Commercial Passenger and Freight Services (25/08/1919). Signed by A.C.Campbell-Orde CBE, AFC,FRAeS. WW1 Pilot 1916-18 RN & RAF and saw active service in Belgium in 1917. He then became chief Test Pilot for Armstrong Whitworth 1924-36, and operations manager for British Airways 1936-39. Great Condition Cover. Sorry, now sold.
Falklands WW1 Anniversary Signed FDC
Remembering the Battle Of The Falklands in December 1914, this FDC is signed by J.W.Boutwood DSO, who was Midshipman aboard HMS Inflexible in 1917, and also went on the serve extensivley during the Second World War, and N.J.Hill-Norton who was Captain of HMS Invincible in 1984. Good Condition Cover. Price :- £12.00 +p+p
Chalmers/Burrows Signed FDC
This FDC commemorates the Dambusters pilot Flt Lt. David Shannon DSO and Bar, and DFC and Bar. Stamped 50th Anniversary of the raid (17th May 1993), it is suitably signed by George Chalmers who was part of the raid flying with Bill Townsend in AJ-O, and Les Burrows (RAAF), who flew as a gunner on the Tirpitz and Ems Canal raids with 617. c/w card with Dave Shannon's career history inside. Mint.No.22 of 40. Price :- £28.00 +p+p.
FDC Deere Lucas Cunningham etc
First Day Cover for the 75th Anniversary of the formation of 32 Sqn, c/w a stunning list of signatures :- Alan Deere,Laddie Lucas,J.Cunningham,Paddy Barthropp,Hamish McHaddie,Mike Donnet, Sir Lewis Hodges, KCB,CBE,DSO,DFC. Price :- £39.00 +p+p
FDC George Johnny Johnson
First Day Cover commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Dams Raid. Signed by George'Johnny' Johnson DFM, Bomb Aimer for McCarthy's crew in Lancaster AJ-T. They were the first to arrive at the Sorpe Dam, the most difficult to attack, and it was apparently the 10th 'run in' before they were happy to release their Barnes Wallis designed 'Bouncing Bomb'. Price :- £22.00 +p+p
An unusual FDC commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Victory in the Mediterranean Conflict, signed by Lord Lewin of Grenwich (Admiral of Fleet) KB GCB DSC Operation Pedestal, & Leonard C Roberts DSM, HMS Saracen (Submarine). A great item for those interested in the Malta campaign. Price :- £14.00 +p+p
MULTI signed FDC commemorating the Bahamas Presentation Fighter Aircraft (1990). Stunning list of signatures :-H.Bird Wilson,Bob Doe,Dennis David,Rod Learoyd VC,Frank Carey,Archie Winskill,WC John Barnes,Ludwik Martel John Cosby,Les Colquhoun DFC GM DFM,G.Captain Alec Ingle DFC AFC AE ! Price :- £49.50 +p+p
Viktor Petermann KC Signed Card
A hansigned B+W photo of Viktor Petermann with fully detailed history of his Luftwaffe career on a matching card.With a total of 64 aerial victories from 300 missions Viktor has a very interesting history which includes 4 victories with the use of an artificial arm after being shot down in 1943.He flew with JG52 for the majority of his flying career, but did briefly fly the ME262 with JG7 towards the end of the war. Mint Condition, and numbered 210/210 ! Price :- £20.00 +p+p
Multi Luftwaffe Signed RJ Mitchell FDC
This Multi Luftwaffe Signed First Day Cover commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Supermarine Spitfire on 5th of March 1936, and also the man that designed tghis wonderful aircraft RJ Mitchell. It comes with a stunning list of Luftwaffe Signatures :- Adolf Galland,Edmund Rossmann, Eric Rudorffer, & Gunther Rall ! c/w CoA. Price :- £65.00 +p+p (Sorry, now sold).
Dennis David-Ulrich Steinhilper FDC
Mint condition FDC, Adlertag August 13th 1940, c/w the signatures in Ink of RAF pilot Group Captain Dennis David, and Luftwaffe pilot Oberleutnant Ulrich Steinhilper. Both just above the 'titled' section for each pilot. Stunning image, great signatures, lovely condition. Price :- £22.00 +p+p
Dave Shannon Signed FDC
This FDC celebrates the 70th Anniversary 38 Sqn (1/04/1986)/ Fairey Hendon, and comes with the signature of Dams Raid Pilot David Shannon,DSO and Bar, and DFC and Bar. He was the pilot of Lancaster AJ-L which flew in the first wave of the raid. Price :- £39.00 +p+p