ADMIRAL ALGERNON U. WILLIS - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: COMMANDER P. R. BELL - HFSID 175046
ALGERNON U. WILLIS and P.R. BELL They sign a First Day Cover honoring the 30th anniversary of Operation Husky First Day Cover signed: "A.U. Willis/AF" and "P.R. Bell", 6½x4½.
Sale Price $144.00
ALGERNON U. WILLIS and P.R. BELL
They sign a First Day Cover honoring the 30th anniversary of Operation Husky
First Day Cover signed: "A.U. Willis/AF" and "P.R. Bell", 6½x4½. Cover bearing 9-pence British stamp honoring Australian explorer Charles Sturt, pictorially postmarked: "30th Anniversary Operation Husky/10 July 1973/British Forces 1354 Postal Service". Map of Sicily in postmark and on cachet captioned: "30th Anniversary/'Operation Husky'/Invasion of Sicily/10th July 1943". Caption continues, in part: "The landings were covered by the Royal Navy's H force...commanded by Vice Admiral, now Admiral of the Fleet Sir Algernon U. Willis...Among the cruisers in H force was Penelope, torpedoed the next year; her successor, the 9th Penelope, a frigate completed in 1963, is currently commanded by Cdr. P.R. Bell R.N." (Royal Navy). Admiral of the Fleet Sir Algernon Usborne Willis (1889-1976) was a high ranking officer of the British Royal Navy, serving from 1904 to 1950. Beginning in 1941, two years into World War II, Willis was appointed his first Commander-in-Chief position as head of the of the South Atlantic Station. In 1943 he was Commander-in-Chief of Levant, during which he was responsible for Operation Husky. From 1944 to 1946 he was the Second Sea Lord on the Board of Admiralty. Before retiring, he again he served as Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet and Portsmouth. P.R. Bell took over command of the 9th Penelope in 1963. Lightly creased and soiled at corners. Otherwise, fine condition.
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