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Newfoundland Air Bases Canada Postage Stamp
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Title
Newfoundland Air Bases
Denomination
42¢
Date of Issue
November 10, 1992
Quantity
2,500,000
Postal Administration
Canada
Series
The Second World War, 1942, Dark Days Indeed
Series Time Span
1989 - 1995
Perforation or Dimension
13.5
Printer
Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Creators
Designed by Pierre-Yves Pelletier.
About Stamp
Canada Post Corporation's on-going tribute to heroic achievements and sacrifices of Canadians during the Second World War continues with a set of four stamps marking 1942 as the "darkest days" of the war. The establishment of defence units in Newfoundland during the war strengthened the relationship between the two partners, and helped lay the foundation for Newfoundland's entry into Confederation in 1949. When the war broke out, Newfoundland requested additional forces from Britain to protect her coastal waters. With Britain's inability to comply, the colony turned to Canada, which supplied full equipment for a militia unit. By 1940 Canada began to take full control of the island's military developments. In 1942, a Canadian infantry battalion was stationed at the recently completed Goose Bay airport. It became the headquarters for the RCAF patrolling the Atlantic. As the war progressed, Canada became the key supplier if adequate defence forces for Newfoundland, with its citizens looking to Canada for protection, rather than distant Britain.
Reference
Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, No. 8, 1992, p. 8, 10.
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