No 74 Squadron lived up to their name of the 'Flying Tigers' and during the Battle of Britain were tasked with the Defence of London firstly based at RAF Hornchurch and then, the famous RAF Station - Biggin Hill. During this time the Squadron was led by the legendary South African ace 'Sailor' Malan.
We have selected to show a Spitfire Mk I 'ZP-C' to appear on the artwork flying over the Kent Countryside in 1940. The cover bears a Gold 1st class definitive stamp cancelled with Remembering the Few, Biggin Hill Westerham Kent postmark.
Hand signed by Flight Lieutenant R.H. Peter May
150 Signed, Numbered and Certified
Peter May joined No 74 Squadron in January 1941 up until April when his aircraft crashed on landing at RAF Manston and suffered concussion and a broken leg. He was then appointed Aerodrome Control Pilot at Manston and recommended flying non-operationally in December 1941. In June 1942 he joined No 1 Squadron flying Hurricanes on fighter sweeps over France, before converting to a Night Fighter Squadron.