The Miniature Sheet features the famous words about ‘The Few’ from Winston Churchill, who is shown at a coastal defence position near Hartlepool on 31 July 1940. The six Special Stamps comprise archive images bearing the captions: Pilots scramble to their Hurricanes, Supermarine Spitfires on patrol, Armourer replaces ammunition boxes, Spotters of the Auxiliary Territorial Service, Operations Room at Bentley Priory, and Pilots of 32 Squadron await orders.
First Class RAF fighter pilots rush to their Hurricanes after receiving the ‘scramble’ call to engage enemy aircraft. First Class Supermarine Spitfires of 610 Squadron, based at Biggin Hill, patrol the skies in close formation.
First Class RAF fighter pilots rush to their Hurricanes after receiving the ‘scramble’ call to engage enemy aircraft.
First Class Supermarine Spitfires of 610 Squadron, based at Biggin Hill, patrol the skies in close formation.
First Class Armourer Fred Roberts re-arms a Supermarine Spitfire while the pilot, Sergeant Bernard Jennings, talks to his mechanic.
£1.33 Recruits of the Auxiliary Territorial Service receive their first lesson in identifying enemy aircraft.
£1.33 The Operations Room at Bentley Priory, the headquarters of Fighter Command, was part of a complex air defence system.
£1.33 Fighter pilots of 32 Squadron relax between flying missions at RAF Hawkinge in Kent.
Miniature Sheet Technical Specifications;
Sheet Size 179mm x 74mm
Stamp format/size Landscape 41mm x 30mm
Stamp Design The Team
Sheet Design Supple Studio
Printer International Security Printers
Print process Lithography
Perforation 14.5 x 14
Phosphor Bars as appropriate
Number per sheet 6
Issue Date: 16 July 2015
pilots and Hurricanes photo © William Vandivert/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images; Supermarine Spitfires photo © IWM CH741; Armourer photo © IWM CH1458; Auxiliary Territorial Service photo © Associated Press/Daily Mail/Rex Features; Operations Room photo © IWM C0018701; Squadron 32 photo © Fox Photos/Getty Images; Winston Churchill photo © IWM H 2628; Winston Churchill quotation reproduced with permission of Curtis Brown Ltd, London, on behalf of The Estate of Winston Churchill, copyright © Winston S Churchill