Centenary of the First Regular International UK Air Mail

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An international British Air Mail Service was first proposed in July 1917. After much discussion and various trials carried out jointly by the RAF and the Royal Engineers (Postal Section) a regular air mail service was set up and began to operate between Folkestone and Cologne on the 1st March 1919. Its purpose was to provide troops of the British Army stationed in Germany with a fast mail service.

To mark the centenary of this Air Mail Service BFPS is producing a commemorative cover to be published on the 1st March 2019.


An image of the original oil painting "First Air Mail" by Terence Cuneo forms the basis of this cover. A 1st class stamp ‘Sopwith Camel F1' will be cancelled by the specially issued BFPS 3221 handstamp.

Costing just £7.50 for a standard version and £12 for any signed version these very collectable commemorative covers may be ordered from the BFPS online shop (www.bfps.org.uk/shop) or by post .

Archive Film

British Pathe footage of mail being loaded onto an aircraft:


Film archive from the Imperial War Museum:


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The BFPS 3221 Special Handstamp

Our special handstamps are bespoke, made especially for each occassion. The final handstamp may vary slightly from that shown



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