This RAF Association issued cover has three iconic signatures relating to the RAF's 617 Squadron (The Dam Busters). 1 Sir Barnes Wallis, inventor of the bouncing bomb. 2 Air Marshal Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris, Commander-in-Chief RAF Bomber Command during World War Two. 3 Air Marshal Sir Harold Brownlow Morgan "Micky" Martin, Dambuster pilot and later Squadron commander, described by journalist Sir Max Hastings as "one of the three great bomber pilots of the war". He had signed it'H Martin' instead of'Mick Martin' as shown on other covers.
This cover was flown from Canadian Forces Base Downsview in Toronto to RAF Scampton, home of 617 Squadron near Lincoln, by Vulcan V bomber and commemorates the 617 Squadron Association Reunion in Toronto Canada and the opening of the Leonard Cheshire Home for disabled adults in Toronto. The front cover features the WW2 Avro Lancaster bomber and the Avro Vulcan bomber and displays a 15c Canadian stamp and cancel dated June 21, 1972 with the rear featuring the RAF Scampton post office cancel. Condition is Very Good to Excellent.
It is rare to find all three of these famous signatures on a single cover with a cachet so closely associated with the 617 Dam Busters Squadron. All eras of German stamps up to the end of WW2. UK, Channel Islands, and Commonwealth stamps and FDCs.
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The item "Barnes Wallis / Bomber Harris / Harold Martin / Signed RAF Dam Busters RARE" is in sale since Sunday, February 14, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectables\Autographs\Certified Original Autographs\Military". The seller is "chunkyangus" and is located in Doncaster, Epworth. This item can be shipped worldwide.