First day cover : formation of the Bomber Command Association, 27th July 1985

Maker and role
Great Britain. Royal Air Force. Bomber Command, Other contributor
Production date
27 Jul 1985
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First day cover commemorating the formation of the Bomber Command Association on 27th July 1985. Under the heading, down the left side of the envelope, are six aeroplane sketches. For the top they are: Heyford 1936, Wellington 1940, Halifax 1945, Lincoln 1950, Canberra 1958 and the Vulcan 1968. Across the top, to the right of the heading is the Bomber Command, Royal Air Force badge and motto (Strike hard strike sure), a postmark with the text Formation of the Bomber Command Association 27 Jul 85 British Forces 1892 Postal Services and a 20 1/2 p stamp commemorating the Greenwich meridian 1884-1984. The central area is filled with information. The text reads:
Flown from Hatfield in Mosquito RR299, Squadron Letters HT-E, on a Commemorative Flight, marking the Inauguration of the Bomber Command Association.
Pilot: Mr George A. Ellis, MA MRAeS
Test pilot: BAE Hatfield
Flight time: 11 minutes
Flight authenticated: signed E Cummings
Mr E Cummings, DFM
Chairman Bomber Command Association.

In the lower right corner is a sticker. The text reads: Bomber Command Museum, Aerodrome Road, Hendon. On the back is an ink stamp, the text reads: Bomber Command Museum Appeal (logo) 6 Jul 1985 Strike hard strike sure.

Inside the envelope is a typed card. There is a Bomber Command badge and motto in the top left corner. In the top right corner is an address. It reads: Bomber Command Association
Royal Air Force, Hendon
Aerodrome Road, Hendon
London NW9 5LL
The text below reads: The Bomber Command Association has been established to provide a focal point for all former members of the Command and to co-ordinate whenever and wherever possible, future Bomber Command activities. It will specifically foster the achievements and sacrifices of the men and women who served their country in Bomber Command and lend all possible support to the development of the Bomber Command Museum, Hendon as a fitting memorial to those who served and died in the Command.

Membership of the Bomber Command Association shall be open to all aircrew, ground crew, WAAF and WRAF of the Royal Air Force and Dominions Air Forces, and all those Allied Air Forces who served within the framework of Bomber Command during the period 1936 to 1967.

Proof of ability to comply with these conditions should be given. Subscriptions will be on a Voluntary basis of a minimum Annual 5 pounds or Life Membership of 25 pounds or donations each according to personal means. Membership of the Association will not be dependent upon a person's ability to contribute.

All members of the Bomber Command Association (1939-45, Bomber Command Federation and the Bomber Command Reunion Register are asked to register. The Secretary of the Bomber Command Association will acknowledge your applications, issue a membership card and keep you informed of the Association's work by the circulation of regular publications.
Signature/Marks and Type
Bomber Command Museum Appeal
6 Jul 1985
Strike hard
Strike sure. Ink Stamp
Physical description
1 envelope : illustrations ; 12 x 19 cm.
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Credit line
Great Britain. Royal Air Force. Bomber Command. 27 Jul 1985. First day cover : formation of the Bomber Command Association, 27th July 1985, 11-3787. Walsh Memorial Library, The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


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