Falkland Islands – Stamps on 70th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force

The 6th February 2011 marks the 70th Anniversary of the formation of what is now the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force.

During the early stages of the Battle of Britain 220 aircrew were killed or went missing over the English \"\"Channel and it was soon realised that the RAF could not afford to lose pilots who ditched to the sea. As a result, acting on the instructions from Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal, the Directorate of Air Sea Rescue (ASR) was formed and took up its duties on 6th February 1941. Prior to this rescues were ad hoc affairs involving a search by operational aircraft from the crews own unit who then attempted to divert any surface craft in the vicinity to the aircrew in distress.

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