JS(CC)81c / JS(BB)1c 60th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain cover with artwork by Tony Theobald depicting Nicolson VC in the action in which he won the Victoria Cross August 1940 as he presses home his attack on a BF110 as his Hurricane burns fiercely. The cover depicts the Victoria Cross medal which was introduced as the premier award for gallantry available for all ranks during wartime for conspicous bravery or devotion to the country in the presence of the enemy which covered all actions since the outbreak of the Crimean War. Nicolson was the only Victoria Cross holder of Fighter Command during World War II.
Cover bears 1st Class Gold Definitive stamp cancelled with 150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross postmark on 12 October 2004
Hand signed by Flight Lieutenant A.R.F. Thompson DFC JP
Thompson was a Battle of Britain pilot with 249 Squadron October 1940-August 1941 and who won his DFC in March 1943