APS Cover -24th Battalion The Mech Inf Regt (20 Rajput)– India –Sep 2012 Release

APS Cover -24th Battalion The Mech Inf Regt (20 Rajput)– India –Sep  2012 Release

New APS Cover issued during Sep 2012

Octocentenary  800th Raising Day 24th Battalion The Mech Inf Regt (20 Rajput) (1212-2012)

Issued on 09 Sep 2012.  Serial no  28/2012

Comet Line Special Covers 1942-2012– Royal Air Forces Escaping Society – Belgian Connection

Comet Line  Special Covers 1942-2012– Royal Air Forces Escaping Society – Belgian  Connection

The Comet line (Le Réseau Comète) was a World War II resistance group in Belgium/France which helped Allied soldiers and airmen return to Britain.    A network of people guided them south through occupied France into neutral Spain and home via British-controlled Gibraltar.The Comet line was created by a young Belgian woman Andree de Jongh (nickname “Dedee”) who was 20 Years old in 1940.

For her wartime work and achievements, de Jongh received the George Medal from the British, the American Medal of Freedom and the Belgian Croix de Guerre with palm. She was also created Chevaliers of the French Lgion d’honneur and the Belgian Order of Leopold. In 1985 she was made a Belgian countess

This cover commemorates the escape of two Belgian Pilots Leon Divoy and Michel Donnet. Their escape was reenacted on 14 Jun 1975 by Commandant L Divoy and Lt Gen Baron Donnet in Stamps SV4B aircraft.

This cover was flown  BN 2A Islander .

Cover  No RAFES SC 10 dated 13 Jun 1975  .

Comet Line Special Covers 1942-2012– Royal Air Forces Escaping Society – Swiss Connection

Comet Line  Special Covers 1942-2012– Royal Air Forces Escaping Society – Swiss  Connection

The Comet line (Le Réseau Comète) was a World War II resistance group in Belgium/France which helped Allied soldiers and airmen return to Britain.    A network of people guided them south through occupied France into neutral Spain and home via British-controlled Gibraltar.The Comet line was created by a young Belgian woman Andree de Jongh (nickname “Dedee”) who was 20 Years old in 1940.

For her wartime work and achievements, de Jongh received the George Medal from the British, the American Medal of Freedom and the Belgian Croix de Guerre with palm. She was also created Chevaliers of the French Lgion d’honneur and the Belgian Order of Leopold. In 1985 she was made a Belgian countess

Switzerland being a neutral country lot of escapees passed through Switzerland into France through Schaffhausen salient and Colditz  to Grenoble to Pyrennes  to enter Spain

This cover was flown Switzerland  via the Schaffhausen Salient and then along escape route via Grenoble and delivered at Chelsea Heliport.

Cover  No RAFES SC 8 dated 15 Oct 1974  .

Comet Line Special Covers 1942-2012– Royal Air Forces Escaping Society – Thailand Connection

Comet Line  Special Covers 1942-2012– Royal Air Forces Escaping Society – Thailand  Connection

The Comet line (Le Réseau Comète) was a World War II resistance group in Belgium/France which helped Allied soldiers and airmen return to Britain. The line started in Brussels where the men were fed, clothed and given false identity papers before being hidden in attics and cellars of houses. Some 800 stranded and shot-down Allied servicemen were spirited out of Nazi-occupied Europe. Most of those carried along the line were AIRMEN.   A network of people guided them south through occupied France into neutral Spain and home via British-controlled Gibraltar.The Comet line was created by a young Belgian woman Andree de Jongh (nickname “Dedee”) who was 20 Years old in 1940.

For her wartime work and achievements, de Jongh received the George Medal from the British, the American Medal of Freedom and the Belgian Croix de Guerre with palm. She was also created Chevaliers of the French Lgion d’honneur and the Belgian Order of Leopold. In 1985 she was made a Belgian countess

Escape from Burma,Malaysia & Thailand was most difficult. These operations were organised by Force 136 & No 357 Squadron RAF. Dedicated to those who lost lives in Building Burma -Siam railway.

This cover was flown from Royal Thai Air Force Base at Kamphaeng Saen to “Bridge over River Kwai” along Burma Siam Railway in a Marchetti Aircraft and also flown from London to Bangkok and Singapore in a DC8-63.

Cover  No RAFES SC 7 dated 10 Jun 1974  flown in Marchetti and DC8 -63

Comet Line Special Covers 1942-2012– Royal Air Forces Escaping Society – Luxembourg Connection

Comet Line  Special Covers 1942-2012– Royal Air Forces Escaping Society – Luxembourg  Connection

The Comet line (Le Réseau Comète) was a World War II resistance group in Belgium/France which helped Allied soldiers and airmen return to Britain. The line started in Brussels where the men were fed, clothed and given false identity papers before being hidden in attics and cellars of houses. Some 800 stranded and shot-down Allied servicemen were spirited out of Nazi-occupied Europe. Most of those carried along the line were AIRMEN.   A network of people guided them south through occupied France into neutral Spain and home via British-controlled Gibraltar.The Comet line was created by a young Belgian woman Andree de Jongh (nickname “Dedee”) who was 20 Years old in 1940.

The Luxembourg  assistance to Allied and British aircrews was around L Armee Secrete .

Cover  No RAFES SC 6 dated 14 May 1973  flown from Luxembourg to RAF Northolt in a Andover cc MK II.

Comet Line Special Covers 1942-2012– Royal Air Forces Escaping Society – French Connection UNEG

Comet Line  Special Covers 1942-2012– Royal Air Forces Escaping Society – French Connection  UNEG

The Comet line (Le Réseau Comète) was a World War II resistance group in Belgium/France which helped Allied soldiers and airmen return to Britain. The line started in Brussels where the men were fed, clothed and given false identity papers before being hidden in attics and cellars of houses. Some 800 stranded and shot-down Allied servicemen were spirited out of Nazi-occupied Europe. Most of those carried along the line were AIRMEN.   A network of people guided them south through occupied France into neutral Spain and home via British-controlled Gibraltar.The Comet line was created by a young Belgian woman Andree de Jongh (nickname “Dedee”) who was 20 Years old in 1940.

The French  assistance to Allied and British aircrews was around an association Union Nationale Evades De Guerre (UNEG) .A monument dedicated to UNEG near Effiel Tower is shown on cover.

Cover  No RAFES SC 5 dated 21 May 1973  flown from Paris to RAF Lyneham.

Comet Line Special Covers 1942-2012 – Royal Air Forces Escaping Society – Dutch Resistance in Biesbosch

Comet Line  Special Covers 1942-2012 – Royal Air Forces Escaping Society – Dutch  Resistance in Biesbosch

The Comet line (Le Réseau Comète) was a World War II resistance group in Belgium/France which helped Allied soldiers and airmen return to Britain. The line started in Brussels where the men were fed, clothed and given false identity papers before being hidden in attics and cellars of houses. Some 800 stranded and shot-down Allied servicemen were spirited out of Nazi-occupied Europe. Most of those carried along the line were AIRMEN.   A network of people guided them south through occupied France into neutral Spain and home via British-controlled Gibraltar.The Comet line was created by a young Belgian woman Andree de Jongh (nickname “Dedee”) who was 20 Years old in 1940.

The Dutch assistance to Allied and British aircrews was around The Biesbosch -fresh water delta region around river Maas.A monument on south bank of Maas was built in memory of 374 Dutch people who lost their lives in escape operations.

Cover  No RAFES SC 3 dated 15 Dec 1972  flown from Glize Rijan to RAF Northolt.

 

Comet Line Special Covers 1942-2012- Royal Air Forces Escaping Society – Belgian Resistance

Comet Line  Special Covers 1942-2012 – Royal Air Forces Escaping Society – Belgian Resistance

The Comet line (Le Réseau Comète) was a World War II resistance group in Belgium/France which helped Allied soldiers and airmen return to Britain. The line started in Brussels where the men were fed, clothed and given false identity papers before being hidden in attics and cellars of houses. Some 800 stranded and shot-down Allied servicemen were spirited out of Nazi-occupied Europe. Most of those carried along the line were AIRMEN. It was important to have them back, as trained aircrew were a scarce asset, while it boosted the morale of those fighting in the skies above Europe to know that, if they found themselves suddenly on the ground and on the run, there were men and women around who would help them. A network of people guided them south through occupied France into neutral Spain and home via British-controlled Gibraltar.

A typical route was from Brussels or Lille to Paris and then via ToursBordeauxBayonne, over the Pyrenees to San Sebastian in Spain. From there evaders travelled to BilbaoMadrid and Gibraltar. There were three other main routes. The Pat line (after founder Pat O’Leary) ran from Paris to Toulouse via Limoges and then over the Pyrenees via Esterri d’aneu to Barcelona. Another Pat line ran from Paris to DijonLyonsAvignon to Marseille, then Nimes Perpignan and Barcelona. From Barcelona evaders were transported to Gibraltar. Another route from Paris (the Shelburne line) ran to Rennes and then St Brieuc in Brittany, where men were shipped to Dartmouth.

The Comet line was created by a young Belgian woman Andree de Jongh (nickname “Dedee”) who was 20 Years old in 1940.

We are starting a series on Royal Air Forces Escaping Society covers marking 70 Years of this event.

Cover  No RAFES SC 2 dated 02 Jun 1972  shows Belgian resistance over Pyrenees from Waterloo to Bayonne.