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Battle of Britain 6 x 4d - first se-tenant designs (1965)

Pressure came from many quarters for Royal Mail to issue stamps to mark the 25th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. David Gentleman, working with his wife Rosalind Dease, wanted to be radical, suggesting different designed stamps issued together as a block, and omitting the Queen's head.

Postmaster General Tony Benn recommended to the Queen that the 4d stamps should comprise six different designs by Gentleman of aircraft in action. Objections were expressed at two of Gentleman's designs, featuring a swastika and iron cross, but the public was not deterred from buying the stamps, issued on 13 September 1965.