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Tactical Air Forces

The Second World War, 1944, Victory in Sight

Title

Tactical Air Forces

Denomination

43¢

Date of Issue

November 7, 1994

Year

Quantity

2,500,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

The Second World War, 1944, Victory in Sight

Series Time Span

1994

Perforation or Dimension

13.5

Printer

Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.

Creators

Designed by Pierre-Yves Pelletier.

About Stamp

Canada Post Corporation's tribute to the Canadian war effort continues with four stamps to mark the 50th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944 and the subsequent advance up the European coast. While the ground troops fired away, Tactical Air Force bombed and strafed from above. RCAF squadrons flying Typhoons, Spitfires, Mustangs and Mosquitos provided air support to Canadian forces on Juno Beach and during the fighting around Caen. "Johnnie" Johnson's RCAF Spitfire wing touched down on June 10 in France, the first Allied aircraft to do so. On August 18, a day of supreme disaster for the fleeing enemy, Allied air forces including Canadians claimed 124 tanks destroyed and 96 damaged, and 1,159 transport vehicles destroyed and 1,724 damaged. On the same day at St. Lambert-sur-Dives, Major David Vivian Currie of the South Alberta Regiment led a small force against enemy armour and artillery positions, and killed 300 Germans, wounded 500 and captured 1,100 more. Currie was awarded the Victoria Cross for this action.
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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, Vol. 3, No. 6, 1994, p. 8, 10.

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