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Details about  RAF signed cover RAF Manston Closure cover signed Dame Vera Lynn CC60c

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RAF signed cover RAF Manston Closure cover signed Dame Vera Lynn CC60c
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Closure of Royal Air Force Manston 31 March 1999 signed by Air Vice-Marshal John Howe CB CBE AFC and Dame Vera Lynn DBE LL.D M.MUS

JS(CC)60c RAF cover issued to mark the closure of RAF Manston on the 31 March 1999. The cover artwork shows various aircraft associated with Manston including Vickers Virginia 'Isle of Thanet' of No 500 Squadron RAuxAF, a USAF North American F-86D Sabre based at Manston during the 1950s, a Westland Sea King HAR3 of No 202 Squadron 'C' Flight, Lt Cdr Eugene Esmonde VC DSO Fairey Swordfish of No 825 Squadron Fleet Air Arm who took off from RAF Manston to attack the german battleships during the Channel Dash in 1942. Hawker Hurricane MKIIC of No 43 Squadron is shown along with Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI of No 403 Squadron which are both on display in the Spitifre and Hurricane Memorial Building. Along the bottom of the cover Boulton Paul Defiants of No 264 Squadron are shown during the Battle of Britain and DeHavilland Chipmunks of 1 AEF.

The cover bears the RAF Mnaston badge with 1916-1999 underneath. The cover bears 26p definitive stamp cancelled with Closure of Manston, Manston, Ramsgate Kent postmark for the 31.03.99 showing Hurricane and Spitfire side view. The covers have been flown in Aerovodochody L29 Delfin from RAF Manston and took part in a a short aerobatic display flown by Flight Lieutenant Ted Girdler, a former Red Arrows pilot from 1972-74.

The cover has been hand signed by Dame Vera Lynn, who officially opened the Hurricane Memorial Building at Manston in 1988 and also by AVM John Howe, who Officially opened the Spitfire Memorial Building in 1981.

Official special numbered and certified on reverse. 

Dame Vera Lynn
England's sweetheart during the trying times of World War II, Vera Lynn was born in London one year before the close of the first World War. She began singing at the age of seven, 
working in dance as well during her teenage years. Lynn appeared on radio broadcasts with the Joe Loss Orchestra as early as 1935, and sang with Charlie Kunz and Ambrose. After first performing solo in 1940, she became the host of the BBC radio program Sincerely Yours; the show became incredibly popular with overseas servicemen who missed their girlfriends, and her regular songs included such hopeful/heartsick ballads as "White Cliffs of Dover," "We'll Meet Again," "Wishing" and "Yours." Lynn also made several films during the war years, appeared in a stage revue and sang for troops in Asia before retiring at the close of the war.
Her retirement was hardly two years old when Vera Lynn returned to the spotlight in 1947, touring the variety circuit and gaining another BBC radio program. Her recording label, Decca, seized a golden opportunity in 1948 by releasing Vera Lynn material in America during a musicians strike that had crippled the stateside music industry, and Lynn gained a Top Ten hit that year with "You Can't Be True, Dear." In 1952, she became the first British artist to hit number one on the American charts when "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" spent nine weeks at the top spot. Her first (and only) British number one came two years later, with "My Son My Son," and she gradually moved from radio/variety work to television spots during the '50s in order to round out her schedule, recording increasingly contemporary material during the 1960s and '70s. In 1976, Vera Lynn added the title Dame of the British Empire to her credit list, and though she performed sparingly during the 1980s, she did appear at commemorations for the 40th anniversary of D-Day and the 50th anniversary of the beginning of World War II.

Air Vice-Marshal John Howe CBE CBE AFC
John Howe was a former Commander-in-Chief Strike Command and started is flying career with the SAAF and saw action during the Korean War, he then joined the Royal Air Force and had a very successful RAF career including commanding No 74 Squadron with the introduction of the Lightning and leading the 'Flying Tigers' Display Team.

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