Interruptions and Accidents, 1931, Jul 20
Interrupted flight, Kenya To France, NAIROBI TO SAINT MARS DE CUTAIS by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN20 which left Kisumu 22 July, arriving Athens 26 July (b/s), then on by surface, delivered 31 July Saint Mars de Cutais (b/s). Plain etiquette cover RATED 75c (5c, 10c,20c x3), bears a rare Type 13 Kenya/Uganda instructional handstamp 'Air Fee Prepaid/To Europe' (Colley reports only ever having seen one, used in 1947, p65). Flight interrupted because the mail for Europe had to be sorted again in Athens as well as Alexandria. Thereafter, for all future flights, it was arranged that all correspondence for Europe would be in a direct mail for
Athens. One other cover is known.
Athens. A copy of an explanatory letter from PO included with this item. No
other mail is known.
Interruptions and Accidents, 1931, Aug 26
Interrupted flight, Kenya To UK, JERICHO TO LONDON posted 17/8 then by surface to Kisumu to catch Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN25 ( 'City of Alexandria') leaving Kisumu 26/8 where mail was transferred to 'City of Glasgow', but engine trouble caused her to remain overnight at Atbara. She departed 29/8, one day late, but flew through to Cairo that day, omitting the overnight stop at Wadi Halfa, and thereby arrived Cairo on schedule on 29/8. The service was then further delayed awaiting the arrival of the India service IW125, which was running one day late. The African and Indian mail departed Alexandria on 31/8 and arrived Croydon one day late on 2/9 (see Post Office Daily List Tuesday, September 1, 1931). Also the first northbound Africa service by Satyrus. Two other covers are known.
Interruptions and Accidents, 1931, Oct 5
Interrupted flight, Kenya To Sudan, NAIROBI TO PORT SUDAN by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN31 which left Kisumu 6 October arriving Juba ds 7/10. Flight interrupted because mail was put in the wrong bag, then carried via Atbara (transit cds) to Port Sudan. Plain etiquette cover RATED 65C instead of 40c. Copy of explanatory letter from PO included with this item.
No other mail is known.
Interruptions and Accidents, 1932, Jan 13
Interrupted flight of the first regular service to be extended to Cape Town, UK To Northern Rhodesia, LONDON TO MPIKA, carried by Imperial Airways Africa southbound service AS47 leaving London 21/1, mail transferred to 'City of Baghdad' at Kisumu 28/1 which then became bogged down at Mbeya 29/1. Mail then forwarded by Rhodesian Aviation Puss Moth, arriving Mpika b/s 30/1 two days late. Registered (label) cover franked 2/6 SEAHORSE, 1/- and 3d, RATED 3/9d, 3d registration and 3/5d for 2 ½ oz rate (9d for 1st ½ oz and then 8d per ½ oz), and 1d overpaid. Flight delayed for 2 days. See Wingent 'Movements of Aircraft on Imperial Airways African Route 1931-1939'. Light crumpling along edges, see scan.
Interruptions and Accidents, 1932, Feb 10
Interrupted flight, Kenya To Northern Rhodesia, KISUMU TO BROKEN HILL, Imperial Airways Africa southbound service AS49 departed Nairobi 13/2 two days late because the Brindisi flight departed one day late on 6/2 (reason unknown), and the ongoing flight by Short Calcutta 'City of Swanage' suffered a mechanical breakdown causing an unscheduled overnight stop at Malakal thus causing the City of Coventry and the City of Baghdad to arrive two days late at Mbeya and at Broken Hill bs 14/1 respectively. Plain airmail etiquette cover RATED 45c (15c, 30c). One other cover is known.
Interruptions and Accidents, 1932, Sep 16
Interrupted flight, South Africa To USA, DURBAN TO NEW YORK, Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN79 left Jo'burg one day late on 8/9 and arrived London 19/9, and then on by sea to New York 28/9 (dated private arrival hs). A further day was lost at Beaufort West because of very bad weather but the City of Jodhpur had made up time when it arrived at Kisumu and thereafter, by only making a 'one night stop' (at Broken Hill) instead of the normal two (by overflying Salisbury and Mbeya), the schedule was regained and the cover arrived in London on schedule. Capt Wilson flew Jo'burg to Broken Hill then Capt Caspareuthus took over to Kisumu (ref
The Cape Argus, date unknown). Corner cover RATED 2/6 (6d, 1/- x2), airmail
etiquette annulled by red double bar Jusqu'a applied in London. One other cover is known.