JS(CC)81e / JS(BB)1e 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 20p Victoria Cross stamp from the Royal Mail 1990 Gallantry issue and is cancelled with BFPS 2596 postmark on 19 April 200 for the Launch of the RAF Museum Battle of Britain Experience
Hand signed by Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC* AFC AE
Neil flew with No 249 Squadron during the Battle of Britain