The US Postal Service issued its second commemorative sheet of ten 29-cent stamps, marking the fiftieth anniversary of World War II, August 17, 1992, in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) national convention. This was the second in a series of five to issued annually from 1991 through 1995.
Each full pane of twenty stamps yields two identical miniature sheets when torn along the perforations dividing them. Each miniature sheet features ten individual commemorative stamps that recall a series of key events from America's second year into the war. The stamps are positioned horizontally in two rows of five, one above and below a Mercator-projection world map entitled "1942: Into the Battle." The map has text, arrows, and color shadings to depict theaters of war and historical events of 1942.
The stamp designs recalling war scenes of 1942 include B-25's take-off to raid Tokyo on April 18; ration coupons; dive bomber and deck crewman during the Battle of the Coral Sea in May; prisoners of war at the fall of Corregidor on May 6; Dutch Harbor buildings on fire in June, when Japan invaded Aleutian Islands; headphones and coded message symbolizing Allies' deciphering secret enemy codes; Yorktown lost and the victory at Midway; woman with drill commemorating the millions of women who joined war effort; marines landing on Guadalcanal on August 7; and Allies landing in North Africa in November.
William H. Bond of Arlington, Virginia, designed the stamps, and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing printed the stamps in the offset/intaglio process.
Postal Bulletin, (July 23, 1992).