Monday, 6 June 2011

Memories of World War II - 1943

Guernsey Post to commemorate World War II, has issued the stamp series features it in two series. The first stamp series features the “Operation Channel” on 23 October 1943, HMS Charybdis and HMS Limbourne were torpedoed and sunk in the bay of St. Malo. The stamps were issued on January 30, 2003
The 22p, 27p, 36p and 40p stamps feature the legendary Dambusters Raid on the night of 16-17 May 1943, which became known as one of the most brilliant air attacks of the Second World War.

The 22p stamp shows crew walking to their aircraft prior to take-off.
Wing Commander Guy Gibson was given the challenge of picking the right crews and it was a tribute to their training, discipline and the brilliant scientist Dr. Barnes Wallis’ who invented the “bouncing bomb” that the operation was successful.


The 27p stamp shown three bombers crossing the English coast.
The ‘Dambusters’ themselves were the crews of the specially-formed 617 squadron, RAF.


The 36p stamp shown a Lancaster dodging enemy searchlights.
RAF flew nineteen converted, four-engine Avro Lancaster bombers through some of the most heavily defended enemy territory.

The 40p stamp shown Wallis’ bouncing bomb.
The destruction of the Ruhr Valley dams with the revolutionary ‘bouncing bomb’ caused widespread flooding and interrupted industry. The enemy was forced to deploy troops and weapons to repair the dams. It had enormous effect on the morale of the British and their Allies.

The GBP1.50 stamp depicts the operational channel, HMS Charybdis and HMS Limbourne. Charybdis, an anti-aircraft cruiser, lost of her crew. The biggest single death toll in the English Channel. Limbourne, a destroyer on convoy duty protecting Charybdis suffered casualties.

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