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US Marshall Islands - 45c FDC - Battle of Britain - 1990
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No: 409   Contributor: Jean Pryer   Year: 1990   Country: United States of America
US Marshall Islands - 45c FDC - Battle of Britain - 1990

US Marshall Islands - 45c FDC - Battle of Britain - 1990

For a close up of the stamp see picture #410

Text on reverse of first day cover reads:


Nimble and fast, the Spitfire was the pride of the Royal Air Force — half of a superb pair of airplanes which saved England. Together with the Hurricane, the Spitfire was used with deadly efficiency to knock the enemy out of the sky, grappling most often with the German Messerschmitt BflOdE. Though the enemy plane could climb more rapidly, the beautiful Spitfire had the edge in speed — three hundred seventy miles-per-hour — and could outrun the Messerschmitt, if necessary. The Spitfire depicted on the stamp was flown by Lieutenant Deere of 54 Squadron, based at Hornchurch, Essex, England, during the battle. Like all Spitfires, it was equipped with eight 303-caliber machine guns.

Stamp Motif: Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Stamp Designer Brian Sanders
First Day Cover Designer Brian Sanders
Typographer; Jeff Bacon
Stamps Printed by: Unicover Corporation
Printing Process: Offset
Picture added on 07 October 2009 at 15:25
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