The following is based on the contribution I made to the 50th Anniversary display we had at Spring Stampex in 2002. It has been added to somewhat, since then, and this is the augmented version. It presents examples of mail from the RAF (and Allies) during this campaign, looking initially at units initially in the UK, and, later, on the continent. There are two examples from the Fleet Air Arm serving under RAF command, and one or two examples of redirected mail addressed INTO the RAF during this period. It concludes with examples of mail from Denmark and Norway, after the cessation of hostilities.
The RAF censors were geographically located within the UK between 1940 and 1942. i.e. Northern Ireland and Scotland. It was also used in Iceland and faroe Islands. However odd examples have been recorded from Ceylon, Egypt, Gibraltar, Gold Coast, India and Palestine.
From Ian Muchall a display of RAF stationary and associated items used by the RAF, both WW2 and after, including Airgraphs, illustrated Air Letters, redirection labels and the Postgram service.
Passed By RAF Censor
The Postal History of the RAF type R1 censor handstamp 1939 - 1941
Royal Engineers (Postal Section) 1945 - 1947)
Royal Navy Censor Markings of WW2
by Colin Tabeart
At least 90% and probably more of all WW2 RN censors are of the tombstone type and of little interest unless clearly dated and with good initials of the censoring officer, so allowing a faint chance of identifying the ship.
The scarcer ones are well worth looking for as it is often possible to identify the ship or unit – indeed some of them incorporate the name of the ship. Others may often be identified using the standard work: “World War Two Censor Marks” edited by John Daynes, published by the Forces Postal History Society in 1986, almost universally referred to as “Daynes”.
Many of the covers in this display have been shown to the Forces Postal History Society in the past, but there are plenty that have not, so may be worth a browse. A few are unidentified by me – if anyone can add information I would be delighted to hear from you.
A short display from Robert Hurst of post WW2 covers from the Royal Navy’s Survey Ship HMS Owen. Shows covers from the ships 7th commission in the Antarctic in 1961 including Maritime Mail from locations such as Tristan da Cunha and the Falkland Islands.
Postmarks of the Royal Navy 1914 - 1919
A short display by Nick Colley showing items including the 1st Submarine Flotilla, H.M.I.S. Hamla, the Fleet Mail Office at Port Tewfik and the Greek Navy.