Commemorative cover produced to mark the 60th Anniversary of the
60th Anniversary of the Battle of Berlin, which ran from 18 November 1943 - 31 March 1944, we have produced a special commemorative cover. The cover artwork shows a Avro Lancaster bring attacked by a
Messerschimdt Bf110 Luftwaffe Night Fighter.
The raids on Berlin were a long way for the Allied Bombers to fly and it was undoubtably not an easy trip with navigation, poor weather, flak guns and enemy fighters to contend with. Bomber Command managed to inflict heavy damage on the German capital, but suffered heavy looses throughout the campaign.
Each cover bears the 60th Anniversary of the Battle of Berlin postmark. The covers have been flown from London heathrow to Berlin-Tegel Airport and return.
Hand signed by Warrant Officer Alex Duke
62 Signed, Numbered and Certified
Having trained as a Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Alex Duke joined No 156 Squadron in early 1942. On 18 August 1942 he took part in the first Pathfinder Force Raid on Flensburg, as front gunner aboard Wellington X3832. He rejoined No 156 Squadron in November 1943, now converted to Lancasters. He took part in the Battle of Berlin, flying there eight times between 26 November 1943 and 24 March 1944. On 1 April 1944 he joined the newly formed No 582 Squadron PFF where he completed his tour of operations.