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CRASH MAIL continued...

1929-39 Imperial Airways & British Airways Crashes continued...
Lot Symbol Descrip Opening
126 imageBoadicea - Kenya. 1936 (Sep 25) Cover from London to Nairobi, water damaged and the stamp washed off, the reverse with the red four line cachet in French applied in Paris and Officially Sealed labels, the front with the scarce violet "DELAYED SALVED / FROM BOADICEA" applied in Nairobi, arrival c.d.s (Nov 9) on the front. A fine and scarce cover from the first mailbag recovered. Photo on Page 20. (Image1)

Est. £300-350

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
127 Boadicea - Uganda". 1936 (Sep 22) O.H.M.S Cover from London to Entebbe with Official Paid datestamp and an official cachet, water damaged, forwarded within a London Mount Pleasant ambulance envelope with enclosed explanatory slip (faults) stating "Packet was washed ashore on the coast of England", arrival backstamp of Entebbe (Nov 26). Also a similar London R.L.S slip reading "washed ashore on the coast of France". A fine and scarce cover, from the second mailbag recovered at Dymchurch on November 10th.

Est. £200-250

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
128 Boadicea - Australia. 1936 (Sep 23) Cover with enclosed letter from Southsea to Sydney, the stamp washed off, with an accompanying London Returned Letter Section slip stating "packet was washed ashore on the coast of England, was apparently conveyed by Imperial Airways "Boadicea" which left Croydon on 25th September and failed to arrive at Paris". A fine cover, from the second mailbag washed ashore at Dymchurch.

Est. £160-180

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
129 Athena - India. 1936 (Sep 21/22) Covers from England to India franked 6d, all with some fire damage and Calcutta arrival backstamps (Sep 30), from the "Athena" which caught fire while taking off from Delhi on September 29th. Two covers without any cachets, the other with violet "SALVAGED MAIL", this cachet unrecorded by Nierinck. (3).

Est. £150-180

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
130 imageAthena - Philippines / Italy. 1936 (Sep 22) Cover from Genoa to Manila bearing Italy 2L + 1.25L, burnt at lower edge, handstamped "RECEIVED IN BAD ORDER", reverse with the explanatory label "BULLETING OF VERIFICATION / from Singapore to Manila / dated October 3, 1936 / The letters in this bun- / dle of correspondence were / salvaged from the Imperial / Airways aeroplane "Athena" / destroyed by fire at New / Delhi on the 29th Septem- / ber, 1936.", a Philippines Officially Sealed label applied over the edge. A rare origin and destination, the Manila explanatory label with the date altered from September 3. Photo on Page 20. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. £400-500

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
131 Athena - Australia / New Zealand. 1936 (Sep 21) Covers franked 1/3 from England to Australia (2) or New Zealand, a cover to New South Wales handstamped "Salvaged from Air Liner / ATHENA", cover to Queensland unusually endorsed "Damaged in transit by fire" with "DAMAGED IN TRANSIT" on reverse, the cover to New Zealand with red "Received in damaged / condition at Auckland". Also a large front from London to Melbourne with 18 stamps totalling 17/6, endorsed "Athena" in red crayon, all with signs of fire and water damage. (4).

Est. £200-240

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
132 Athena - Australia. 1936 (Sep 22) Cover from London to Adelaide bearing 5/- Seahorse pair, fire and water damaged, reverse with unusual violet "Salvaged From / ATHENA" with an Adelaide c.d.s (Oct 8?) alongside. This Adelaide cachet unrecorded by Nierinck.

Est. £120-150

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
133 Capricornus. 1937 (Mar 23) Cover from London to Baghdad franked KEVIII ½d + 2½d, reverse endorsed by recipient "Received P.M 28/3/37", recovered from the "Capricornus" which crashed on its inaugural flight on March 24th, when it hit a tree on the Mont de Beaujolais in the Rhone Valley during a snow storm, killing five people. Also two contemporary news cuttings about the crash. Fine and scarce.

Est. £150-180

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
134 Courtier - Egypt. 1937 (Sep 29/30) Covers from Egypt to England (4) and an Egypt picture postcard with 26m meter mark to Germany, comprising covers with G.B stamps tied by Paquebot Port Said datestamps (2) and a cover from Alexandria with the stamps washed off all with differing "Damaged by Sea Water" cachets; registered cover from Cairo with the stamps washed off (one 100m stamp from another letter reattached) with "DAMAGED BY / WATER"; the postcard with violet "Aus verunglucktem Flugzeug / durchnasst geborgen". The "Courtier" crashed into the sea when landing at Phaleron Bay on October 1st, three passengers drowning. (5).

Est. £180-200

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
135 Courtier - Palestine. 1937 (Sep 28/30) Covers (4) and a postcard from Palestine to Germany (3), G.B or Holland, handstamped violet "Aus verunglucktem Flugzeug / durchnasst geborgen" (3), boxed "DAMAGED BY / SEA WATER / IN AIRPLANE / ACCIDENT" or "SERVICE POSTAL FRANCAIS / Correspondance retardee par suite / du naufrage d'un Avion / Reconstitue par le service Francais / NE PAS TAXER", three with German or French Officially Sealed labels. (5).

Est. £250-300

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
136 Cygnus. 1937 Covers (5) and a postcard from Australia (3), Ceylon (2) or Singapore, all to England with various "Damaged By Sea Water" cachets (including altered type originally made for S.S Comorin mail), one Australia 1½d postal stationery card with further stamps washed off and bilingual "Postage Stamps Lost in Transit". The "Cygnus" overturned and sank when taking off at Brindisi on December 5th, killing two people. (6).

Est. £150-180

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
137 Cygnus - India. 1937 Covers from India to G.B (3) or France (2) all with some or all the stamps washed off, one registered cover from Jind State Camp P.O with violet "DAMAGED BY / WATER", other covers to G.B with differing "Damaged by Sea Water" cachets (one the altered S.S Comorin cachet), two covers to France with violet "SERVICE POSTAL FRANCAIS / Correspondence retardee / par accident d'Avion / Priere de ne pas taxer", three with French or British Officially Sealed labels. One cover with Llargarh Palace Bikaner c.d.s, another with bilingual "Postage Stamps Lost in Transit". (5).

Est. £200-250

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
138 imageCygnus - India / Holland. 1937 Covers from India to Holland, one franked 2a6p + 6a to Amsterdam with explanatory label Beschadigd ontvangen / van Brindisi", the reverse with a Dutch Officially Sealed label and Rotterdam c.d.s (Dec 14); the second cover with stamps washed off, handstamped "Doorweekt vliegongeval / Brindisi", the reverse endorsed "Zonder zegel te Schev. ontv.". A scarce destination, the label not recorded by Nierinck. (2). Photo on Page 20. (Image1)

Est. £350-400

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
139 imageCygnus - Italy / Holland. 1937 (Nov 27) Registered cover from Calcutta to Amsterdam franked 3a, other stamps missing, reverse with two typed explanatory labels (in black and blue) "Lettre mouillee pour accident / de l'ydravion du 5 decembre" tied by Brindisi datestamps (Dec 11), with a Rotterdam c.d.s and Dutch Officially Sealed label. Also a piece cut from a parcel or packet with similarly worded handwritten label tied by a Brindisi c.d.s, New York and San Francisco arrival datestamps. Two rare Italian labels, both unrecorded by Nierinck. (2). Photo on Page 24. (Image1)

Est. £250-350

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
140 imageCygnus - Palestine / Austria. 1937 Covers from Palestine to Holland, Monaco, Austria or G.B, the first two covers with violet "SERVICE POSTAL FRANCAIS / Correspondance retardee / par accident d'Avion / Priere de ne pas taxer"; the cover to Austria with violet "Bei Flugzeugabsturz / durch Wasser beschadigt" and a Wien Flugpost arrival c.d.s (Dec 11); the registered cover to Scotland with violet boxed "DAMAGED BY / SEA WATER / IN AIRPLANE / ACCIDENT" with "Cygnus" endorsed below. A good group, the Austria cachet very scarce. (4). Photo on Page 24. (Image1)

Est. £350-400

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
141 Calpurnia - Australia. 1938 (Nov 22) Covers from England to Sydney, Melbourne (2) or Adelaide, three with the stamps washed off, one forwarded from Melbourne within an O.H.M.S ambulance envelope, with an accompanying explanatory letter from the Sydney G.P.0 (similar to Nierinck type "l") or explanatory slips from Melbourne (type ou, the other similar to type kk) or Adelaide (not recorded by Nierinck). (4).

Est. £280-320

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
142 Calpurnia - New South Wales. 1938 Covers (3) from G.B, all recovered from the "Calpurnia" which crashed when landing in a storm on Lake Ramadi in Iraq, on November 27th, killing five crew and passengers. All three covers with the stamps washed off, two handstamped red "Received at / SYDNEY, N.S.W /DAMAGED" or boxed "DAMAGED BY WATER / THROUGH ACCIDENT / TO FLYING BOAT", the other without any cachet, two forwarded in O.H.M.S ambulance envelopes with red Dead Letter Office Sydney datestamps. (3).

Est. £120-150

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
143 Calpurnia - Tasmania. 1938 Covers from England to Hobart, franked ½d + 1d or with two 1½d meters, both handstamped large "SALVAGED / EX "CALPURNIA"", one with a further strike of the cachet applied to brown tape used to seal the cover. (2).

Est. £140-160

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
144 imageCalpurnia - Victoria. 1938 (Nov 22) Cover from London to Melbourne, the stamp washed off, both sides handstamped "Received Water Damaged / Ex. Flying Boat "Calpurnia".", also accompanied by an explanatory slip from the Melbourne Post Office (Nierinck type kk), this cachet not recorded by Nierinck, very scarce. Photo on Page 24. (Image1)

Est. £180-220

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
145 Calpurnia - Western Australia. 1938 (Nov 21/22) Covers from G.B to Western Australia with the stamps washed off, one cover registered from Neath, the other cover from Preston with a "T" handstamp, with differing explanatory labels from the Perth Post Office applied to the reverse (Nierinck q, qq), one tied by Perth Registered datestamps (Jan 6). (2).

Est. £160-180

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
146 Calpurnia - New Zealand. 1938 (Nov 21/23) Covers from G.B to New Zealand, two franked 1½d, the others with the stamps washed off, handstamped violet "RECEIVED IN DAMAGED CONDITION / EX FLYING BOAT CALPURNIA" (2), "RECEIVED IN / DAMAGED CONDITION / ex CALPURNIA" (2), "RECEIVED AT / WELLINGTON / IN DAMAGED CONDITION" or red boxed "DAMAGED BY WATER IN / TRANSIT FROM LONDON", three with "T" marks applied in London, one from Northern Ireland. Also two contemporary news cuttings. (6).

Est. £240-280

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
147 Challenger. 1939 Covers from England (5), USA or Germany (registered) to South Africa, all recovered from "Challenger" which struck a boat and sank when landing at Mozambique on May 1st with the loss of two crew. Four covers with bilingual boxed "FLYING BOAT CORRESPONDENCE DAMAGED BY SEA WATER" (three having Officially Sealed labels bearing a Durban c.d.s), the USA cover with scarce "DAMAGED BY SEAWATER / SEAPLANE "CHALLENGER"", one cover endorsed "Per flying boat Challenger crashed at Mozambique 1.5.39", the other with similar typed inscription. Also a news cutting. A good lot, USA and Germany both scarce origins. (7).

Est. £240-280

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
148 Centurion - Australia. 1939 Covers from Australia to England, two registered, all recovered from the "Centurion" which sank whilst landing on the Hoogly River near Calcutta on June 12th, two franked 5d, the others all with their stamps washed off. Nine handstamped "SALVAGED MAIL / EX. CENTURION" in red, various cachet varieties include no "S" and inverted "V" for "A" in "Salvaged" and missing "M" in "Mail", or reversed "D" in "Salvaged"; the other cover with violet boxed "DAMAGED BY SEA-WATER". (10).

Est. £350-400

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
149 Centurion - Malaya. 1939 (June 9/11) Covers from Kuala Lumpur (2) or Singapore to G.B, all with the stamps washed off, the Singapore cover with red "SALVAGED MAIL / EX. CENTURION" and violet boxed "DAMAGED BY / SEA WATER / IN AIRPLANE / ACCIDENT", the other two with red "SALVAGED MAIL / EX. CENTURIA" with error of name in the cachet. (3).

Est. £200-240

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
150 Lockheed G-AFGN - Switzerland. 1939 (Aug 10) Covers (2) and postcards (2) from G.B to Switzerland, all fire damaged, recovered from the August 11th London to Zurich flight which made a forced landing at Luxeuil in France, caught fire and was destroyed, part of the mail being salvaged in damaged condition. The covers handstamped red "Endommagee lors de l'accident / Parvenu a l'avion postal a Luxeuil" or "Beim Flugzeugunfall in Luxeuil / am 11 August 1939 beschadigt", the postcards forwarded in ambulance envelopes bearing a similar printed explanation or the red cachet "Angebrannte Postsendung / Flugzeugenfall". A good group, one from Northern Ireland. (4).

Est. £220-260

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.

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