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Stories from the Great War Part 4

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Set of 6 Stamps 44p - Captain Wilfred Picton-Warlow.59p - Flight Lieutenant Charles Collet DSO.60p - The Crespin Family73p - T/Captain Adrian Le Patourel Jones.80p - The French Seaplane Base.90p - Sergeant Frederick ..

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Presentation Pack A convenient and attractive method of displaying and storing Guernsey Post commemorative and definitive stamp issues is the presentation pack folder. Housed in a proprietary stock card, to which is at..

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Sheets of 10 Some of our stamp issues are produced in sheets of ten. This enables collectors to obtain cost-effective sheets of each value with the name of the designer, printer and printer's information and 'traf..

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First Day Cover The Philatelic Bureau offers a first day cover service in respect of all stamp issues. A set of stamps is affixed to an unaddressed, specially designed envelope and it is cancelled with a special pict..

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Guernsey's Airmen Prestige Booklet There is a wealth of information throughout the text about this deeply emotive topic.The stories about our six featured topics and some of the War Veterans associated with this issue are astonishing a..

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WW1 Empty Memorial Limited Edition Folder We are delighted to offer our Stories of the Great War limited edition folder. This folder is supplied empty apart from the additional printed miniature copy of the RGLI Colours and a summary card det..

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WW1 Memorial Limited Edition Folder We are delighted to offer our Stories of the Great War limited edition folder. This folder contains the four issues of our Stories of the Great War series, plus an additional printed miniature copy of..

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Description

This fourth issue of stamps commemorating the centenary of WWI explores Guernsey's links to the Great War in the Air.

Just over a decade before war broke out, Orville Wright piloted the first powered airplane in a flight that lasted 12 seconds and covered 120 feet.

Few could have predicted the rate of technological advancement that would follow or the impact that these machines would have on the progress of the First World War.

In 1914, the total number of aircraft in military service was small. Britain had just over 100 combat aircraft and few trained. Then, as now, flying was an expensive pastime so these men tended to come from wealthy backgrounds.

When Kitchener’s call went up in late summer 1914, Guernseymen eargerly stepped forward to fight for their country.  At the outset of the conflict, aircraft were viewed just as a tool for reconnaissance, but by 1918, generals viewed them as a key part of their strategies. Several of the airmen were educated at Guernsey’s Elizabeth College, a private school founded in 1563 under the orders of Queen Elizabeth I and this issue looks at some of these courageous individuals.

The cost to the airmen was high. Between 1914 and 1918,more than 14,000 British pilots lost their lives.

Specification

Date of Issue 8th November 2017
Designer Charlotte Barnes
Values 44p, 59p, 60p, 73p, 80p, 90p
Process Offset Lithography
Stamp Size 40.6mm deep x 36.9mm wide
Paper 110gsm unwatermarked PVA Adhesive
Sheet 10
Perforation 14 x 14.25
Cylinder A

Stories from the Great War Part 4