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Lot No. 1462

Auction No. 30
Category Pre-decimal
Est. $100
Status SOLD $50



1945 (2nd Sept) Airmail cover to Sydney with 3d KGVI tied by woodcut Tokyo Bay cds with "H.M.A.S. SHROPSHIRE Official signing Of Japanese Surrender" cachet in red. Endorsed on reverse "31.8.45 H.M.A.S. "SHROPSHIRE" Tokyo Japan" in m/s. Some light staining but a rare survivor. Similar sold in Ace Auctions No. 29 for $210+BP. Commissioned in 1926 Shropshire was originally part of the British Mediterranean Fleet. She was present for the Spanish Civil War & supported the evacuation of refugees from Barcelona. At the outbreak of World War II in September 1939 the cruiser was re-assigned to the South Atlantic for trade protection. Following the loss of the Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra, it was announced that Shropshire would be transferred to the RAN as a gift. In March 1944, Shropshire was involved in the Admiralty Islands campaign, in early October Shropshire was re-assigned to Task Force 77 & participated in the Battle of Surigao Strait on 25 October. The cruiser was involved in the Battle of Luzon during January 1945 before returning to the Philippines in time for the Japanese surrender of the islands. She then proceeded to Japan & was present at Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945 for the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender.


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