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Peter Jennings

It is with great regret that we have to announce that Peter Jennings died on 10th September. His Funeral Mass is at St Chad's Cathedral, St Chad's Queensway, Birmingham B4 6EU at 10.30am on Wednesday 18th September. His news and blog gives further details.

BAMS Meeting at the RPSL – 1st December 2012

There were the following members' displays:
Pan Am Survey Flights – N.Z. to U.S.A.; Pan Am FAM 19; I.A. African Flights; Reproductions of I.A. Posters; West African - Cottonou to Miamey Airmail Shuttle; Belgium to Hawaii (FAM18 & FAM 14); Airmail stamps and covers of Cyprus.

The main display was: “Flying Down to Rio” - Luft Hansa & Catapult Flights of the South Atlantic. The display included recovered mail and small quantity mail.

New Lapel Badge

Our new lapel badge has arrived and are now available for sale. This enameled, gold plated, clutch fixing badge is 9mm diameter and it is hoped our members will purchase and be proud to wear them at all philatelic gatherings.

Cost. £3.00 each ($6.00 U.S.) + Post & Packing U.K. £1.00 for 1-20
Post & Packing Europe £3.00 for 1-20
Post & Packing ROW £3.50 ($8.00 U.S.) for 1-20

They will also be available at BAMS meetings.(Incl. "Westpex", San Francisco, April 2013).

Please send cheque's, drawn on UK Bank, made payable to BAMS to:
Bill Trower, 192 Ferry Road, Hockley, Essex, SS5 6JZ, U.K.

New Book on the Hindenburg

75 years ago, on May 6, 1937, airship LZ-129 Hindenburg crashed at Lakehurst, NJ. The cause of the crash is not yet finally determined and many questions are still unanswered in connection with the mail onboard: Of the 17,500 mail articles onboard, only 357 were officially recovered.

In April 2012, a new book will be published dealing exclusively with the crash mail of the Hindenburg and most of the open questions will be answered. The book is titled "LZ-129 Hindenburg, Zeppelin Crash Mail", author and editor is Dieter Leder. The book will be published in A4 size in English. The volume will be about 300 pages with over 300 illustrations, the book is hardbound and in full color.

More information can be obtained from zpj@arcor.de

The Pillage International Trophy 2011

"The International Trophy" took place at the Royal Philatelic Society London on Saturday 5th November (10am - 5pm). It was a very enjoyable day attended by 40 people. The judges final score was a draw, and the new award given by Derrick Pillage for the best in show was awarded to Peter Motson for his Newfoundland exhibit.

Displays were given by Pradip Jain and his friend on Indian Airmails whilst the exhibits were being judged. We were then entertained by Ashley Lawrence with a power point display which enhanced his 'Seige of Paris' display.

The day ended with an enjoyable meal at the local pub where the banter and buzz continued. We now await the return match in 2013 at Westpex in San Francisco.

He contributed a lot to the Society, was the Scottish Organiser for many years and will be greatly missed.

Roll of Distinguished Philatelists

Congratulations to our Australian member Ray Todd who has been honoured by signing the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists and is now a RDP.

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