JS(BB)S1e Battle of Britain cover depicting Tom Gleave in a burning Hawker Hurricane of No 253 Squadron after beeing shot at by Bf 109s while his squadron was attempting to engage German bombers attacking Biggin Hill. Gleave was Commanding Officer of the squadron at the time of being shot down having taken command of the squadron earlier in the day when the previous CO has been shot down and killed.
The Cover bears a 17p Lord Dowding/hurricane stamp and is cancelled with BFPS 2641 postmark on 20 July 2001 which bears the Guinea Pig Logo and marks the 60th Anniversary of the formation of the Guinea Pig Club.
Hand signed by Squadron Leader Bob Innes AE MGC
He was a Battle of Britain Pilot with 253 Hurricane Squadron May 1940 onwards.