•  1st UK  Aerial Post Hendon - Windsor  Signed MRAF Sir John Slessor WW1 Pilot

1st UK  Aerial Post Hendon - Windsor  Signed MRAF Sir John Slessor WW1 Pilot with RFC 17Sqn

9 Sep 71 BFPS 1173  60th Anniversary of the First UK Aerial Post Hendon to Windsor Royal Hendon. Cover depicts Bleriot  11 Hendon 1911. Flown from RAF Hendon to Windsor Castle, landing on the East Lawn in the Home Park  Private at 1100 hours on 9th September 1971. Carried in Bristol Sycamore MK XIV, of 32 Squadron

Special Signed by MRAF Sir John Slessor WW1 Pilot with RFC 17Sqn

Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir John Cotesworth (Jack) Slessor GCB, DSO, MC (3 June 1897 – 12 July 1979) was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force (RAF), serving as Chief of the Air Staff from 1950 to 1952. As a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps during World War I, he saw action with No. 17 Squadron in the Middle East, earning the Military Cross, and with No. 5 Squadron on the Western Front, where he was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre. Between the wars he commanded No. 4 Squadron in England, and No. 3 (Indian) Wing, earning the Distinguished Service Order for operations with the latter in Waziristan. In 1936, he published Air Power and Armies, examining of the use of air power against targets on and behind the battlefield.

Slessor held several operational commands in World War II. As Air Officer Commanding Coastal Command in 1943 and 1944, he was credited with doing "much to start winning the Battle of the Atlantic" by his use of long-range bombers against German U-boats. He was knighted in June 1943. In the closing stages of the war he became Commander-in-Chief RAF Mediterranean and Middle East and deputy to Lieutenant General Ira Eaker as Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean Allied Air Forces, conducting operations in the Italian Campaign and Yugoslavia. Slessor went on to serve in the RAF's most senior post, Chief of the Air Staff, in the early 1950s, and was considered a strong proponent of strategic bombing and the nuclear deterrent. In retirement he published two more books, including an autobiography. 500 issued       

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