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(Interruptions and Accidents) Interrupted FIRST FLIGHT flight, GB to India, LONDON TO BOMBAY bs 9/4 via Karachi. Carried by Imperial Airways Africa eastbound IE1. Cover posted London 30/3/29 on C.Glasgow, departed Genoa 31/3 on C. Athens and Alexandria 3/4 on C.Jerusalem, departed Baghdad 4/4 but was forced to return by a sandstorm, departed Baghdad again one day late but made up time arriving Karachi 6/4 only 2 hours late, see Wingent, Aircraft Movements n Imperial Airways Eastern Route, 1927-37. Airmail etiquette cover RATED 7 1/2d.

Interruptions and Accidents, 1929, Mar 30
Interrupted FIRST FLIGHT flight, GB to India, LONDON TO BOMBAY bs 9/4 via Karachi. Carried by Imperial Airways Africa eastbound IE1. Cover posted London 30/3/29 on C.Glasgow, departed Genoa 31/3 on C. Athens and Alexandria 3/4 on C.Jerusalem, departed Baghdad 4/4 but was forced to return by a sandstorm, departed Baghdad again one day late but made up time arriving Karachi 6/4 only 2 hours late, see Wingent, Aircraft Movements n Imperial Airways Eastern Route, 1927-37. Airmail etiquette cover RATED 7 1/2d.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) 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, 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.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) 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, 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.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) 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, 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.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) 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, 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.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) Interrupted flight of the first regular service to be extended to Cape Town, UK TO SOUTH AFRICA, LONDON TO BLOEMFONTEIN, carried by Imperial Airways Africa southbound service #47 leaving London 21/1, mail transferred to 'City of Baghdad' at Kisumu 28/1 which then became bogged down at Mpika 30/1 January. Mail then transferred to 'City of Karachi' arriving Johannesburg b/s 1/2 two days late. Plain cover RATED 1/-.

Interruptions and Accidents, 1932, Jan 19
Interrupted flight of the first regular service to be extended to Cape Town, UK TO SOUTH AFRICA, LONDON TO BLOEMFONTEIN, carried by Imperial Airways Africa southbound service #47 leaving London 21/1, mail transferred to 'City of Baghdad' at Kisumu 28/1 which then became bogged down at Mpika 30/1 January. Mail then transferred to 'City of Karachi' arriving Johannesburg b/s 1/2 two days late. Plain cover RATED 1/-.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) 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, 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.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) TRIPLE interrupted commercial FLIGHT SOUTH AFRICA TO UK, JOHANNESBURG TO LONDON by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service #49 which left 11/2 and arrived London two days late on 23/2, and delivered 24/2  (Ministry chop). There were THREE delays on this flight causing the service to operate two days late. he first was at Mpika due to bad weather, low visibility and mechanical trouble; then a diversion to Mbalezi because Mbeya aerodrome unserviceable and finally an unscheduled overnight stop at Malakal (cause unknown). RATED 1/-.  Ref P Wingent pers comm,  and 'Movements of Aircraft on Imperial Airways African Route 1931-1939'.and 'Lloyd's List, Aircraft Movements' 14&15 Feb.

Interruptions and Accidents, 1932, Feb 10
TRIPLE interrupted commercial FLIGHT SOUTH AFRICA TO UK, JOHANNESBURG TO LONDON by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service #49 which left 11/2 and arrived London two days late on 23/2, and delivered 24/2 (Ministry chop). There were THREE delays on this flight causing the service to operate two days late. he first was at Mpika due to bad weather, low visibility and mechanical trouble; then a diversion to Mbalezi because Mbeya aerodrome unserviceable and finally an unscheduled overnight stop at Malakal (cause unknown). RATED 1/-. Ref P Wingent pers comm, and 'Movements of Aircraft on Imperial Airways African Route 1931-1939'.and 'Lloyd's List, Aircraft Movements' 14&15 Feb.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) Commercial  airmail, double interrupted flight KENYA TO NORTHERN RHODESIA, NAIROBI TO  BROKEN HILL Imperial Airways Africa Southbound service #54 ?City of Baghdad? which left Nairobi two days late on ds 18/3 arriving late at Broken Hill bs 20/3. At Brindisi the 'Satyrus' flying boat departure had been delayed for one day (reason unknown), and the 'City of Arundel' was delayed one day at Aswan due to engine trouble. RATED 45cts.

Interruptions and Accidents, 1932, Mar 16
Commercial airmail, double interrupted flight KENYA TO NORTHERN RHODESIA, NAIROBI TO BROKEN HILL Imperial Airways Africa Southbound service #54 ?City of Baghdad? which left Nairobi two days late on ds 18/3 arriving late at Broken Hill bs 20/3. At Brindisi the 'Satyrus' flying boat departure had been delayed for one day (reason unknown), and the 'City of Arundel' was delayed one day at Aswan due to engine trouble. RATED 45cts.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) Interrupted flight, UK to South Africa, LONDON TO CAPE TOWN, by Imperial Airways Africa southbound AS69 which left London 22/6, arrived Cape Town one day late on 4/6 , and delivered Cape Tech College 5/7 (college chop hs). Plain airmail etiquette cover RATED 1/-. Carried Scipio flying boat to Cairo, C.Arundel to Khartoum, C.Stonehenge to Mbeya via Malakal (one day late, cause unknown) and C. Cape Town/C.Jodhpur to Cape Town, arriving one day late.

Interruptions and Accidents, 1932, Jun 21
Interrupted flight, UK to South Africa, LONDON TO CAPE TOWN, by Imperial Airways Africa southbound AS69 which left London 22/6, arrived Cape Town one day late on 4/6 , and delivered Cape Tech College 5/7 (college chop hs). Plain airmail etiquette cover RATED 1/-. Carried Scipio flying boat to Cairo, C.Arundel to Khartoum, C.Stonehenge to Mbeya via Malakal (one day late, cause unknown) and C. Cape Town/C.Jodhpur to Cape Town, arriving one day late.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) Interrupted flight,  JOHANNESBURG to LEIPZIG, delayed one day at Khartoum due to breakdown of City of Glasgow  causing a Short Calcutta flying boat to be employed from Khartoum to Alexandria. Cover datestamped Johannesburg 29/6 and backstamped Berlin 10/7, red Berlin C2 'Mit Luftpost' receiver and typed 'Per Airmail Via Cairo'. It was flown by service AN69 which departed to schedule on 29/6 and arrived Khartoum on 4/7. The AW Argosy City of Glasgow also arrived at Khartoum on 4/7 operating service AS70. It should have departed the next day operating service AN69 but this service did not depart until 6/7 and was operated by Short Calcutta City of Swanage flying boat, which must have been the only aircraft available as it flew right through, one day late, to Alexandria 7/7 and on by Satyrus to Athens also arriving one day late on 9/7. Then flown to Berlin by DLH.

Interruptions and Accidents, 1932, Jun 29
Interrupted flight, JOHANNESBURG to LEIPZIG, delayed one day at Khartoum due to breakdown of City of Glasgow causing a Short Calcutta flying boat to be employed from Khartoum to Alexandria. Cover datestamped Johannesburg 29/6 and backstamped Berlin 10/7, red Berlin C2 'Mit Luftpost' receiver and typed 'Per Airmail Via Cairo'. It was flown by service AN69 which departed to schedule on 29/6 and arrived Khartoum on 4/7. The AW Argosy City of Glasgow also arrived at Khartoum on 4/7 operating service AS70. It should have departed the next day operating service AN69 but this service did not depart until 6/7 and was operated by Short Calcutta City of Swanage flying boat, which must have been the only aircraft available as it flew right through, one day late, to Alexandria 7/7 and on by Satyrus to Athens also arriving one day late on 9/7. Then flown to Berlin by DLH.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) 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.

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.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) Interrupted flight, South Africa To USA, CAPE TOWN TO NEW YORK by Imperial Airways Africa Northbound service AN90 which left CapeTown 23/11 on C.Karachi arriving Croydon 4/12, then by sea to New York, 14/12 private dated receiver. Plain cover, airmail etiquette annulled by red double bar Jusqu'a applied in London, RATED 1/3. The City of Stonehaven flying boat, having departed Juba to schedule on 28/11 should have arrived at Khartoum the same day. However, she made an unscheduled overnight stop at Kosti (reason unknown) and did not reach Khartoum until the following morning. Here the service was taken over by the AW Argosy City of Arundel, arriving at Wadi Halfa on 30/11 and on to Cairo 30/11. Thereafter Scipio continued the service to schedule.

Interruptions and Accidents, 1932, Nov 23
Interrupted flight, South Africa To USA, CAPE TOWN TO NEW YORK by Imperial Airways Africa Northbound service AN90 which left CapeTown 23/11 on C.Karachi arriving Croydon 4/12, then by sea to New York, 14/12 private dated receiver. Plain cover, airmail etiquette annulled by red double bar Jusqu'a applied in London, RATED 1/3. The City of Stonehaven flying boat, having departed Juba to schedule on 28/11 should have arrived at Khartoum the same day. However, she made an unscheduled overnight stop at Kosti (reason unknown) and did not reach Khartoum until the following morning. Here the service was taken over by the AW Argosy City of Arundel, arriving at Wadi Halfa on 30/11 and on to Cairo 30/11. Thereafter Scipio continued the service to schedule.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) Interrupted flight, Austria to South Africa, VIENNA TO JOHANNESBURG via Trieste and Alexandria 2/1/33 transit cds. Carried by Imperial Airways Africa southbound AS92. Cover posted Vienna 30/12/32, departed Athens 4/12 on Sylvanus flying boat via service AS92 at 07.20 on 4 Dec. and arrived Jo'burg. 4 hours late on the 10th. The service departed Brindisi one day late due to bad weather and was further delayed at Mirabella, resulting in arrival at Cairo being two days late. There, further delay was caused by the need to re-sort the European mails which resulted in a letter of complaint from I.A. to the G.P.O., London, (a copy is included in this lot ). Airmail etiquette cover RATED S.2.90 for 50dr ordinary and  S2.40 double air fee. Scarce item, hard to find.

Interruptions and Accidents, 1932, Dec 30
Interrupted flight, Austria to South Africa, VIENNA TO JOHANNESBURG via Trieste and Alexandria 2/1/33 transit cds. Carried by Imperial Airways Africa southbound AS92. Cover posted Vienna 30/12/32, departed Athens 4/12 on Sylvanus flying boat via service AS92 at 07.20 on 4 Dec. and arrived Jo'burg. 4 hours late on the 10th. The service departed Brindisi one day late due to bad weather and was further delayed at Mirabella, resulting in arrival at Cairo being two days late. There, further delay was caused by the need to re-sort the European mails which resulted in a letter of complaint from I.A. to the G.P.O., London, (a copy is included in this lot ). Airmail etiquette cover RATED S.2.90 for 50dr ordinary and S2.40 double air fee. Scarce item, hard to find.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) Interrupted flight, Austria to South Africa, VIENNA TO JOHANNESBURG via Trieste and Alexandria 7/1/33 transit cds. Cover datestamped Vienna 6/1/33, departed Croydon the 4/1 via service AS 97. It flew to schedule until Assuit 8/1, there after arriving one day late at Khartoum 10/1 (cause unknown), at Kisumu 12/1on C.Swanage flying boat , and at Cape Town 16/12 on C.Delhi. Airmail etiquette cover RATED S.2.70 for 30dr ordinary and  S2.40 double air fee.

Interruptions and Accidents, 1933, Jan 2
Interrupted flight, Austria to South Africa, VIENNA TO JOHANNESBURG via Trieste and Alexandria 7/1/33 transit cds. Cover datestamped Vienna 6/1/33, departed Croydon the 4/1 via service AS 97. It flew to schedule until Assuit 8/1, there after arriving one day late at Khartoum 10/1 (cause unknown), at Kisumu 12/1on C.Swanage flying boat , and at Cape Town 16/12 on C.Delhi. Airmail etiquette cover RATED S.2.70 for 30dr ordinary and S2.40 double air fee.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) Interrupted flight, South Africa to Germany, JOHANNESBURG TO WURZEN. By Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN97 which left Johannesburg 12/1 and arrived, one day late in London, on 23/1. Then flown to Berlin the same day (23/1 arrival ds). Plain cover, typed 'per Air Mail/via Cairo/Imperial Airways', RATED 1/- for air rate. After departing Kisumu to schedule at 12.05 on the 15th, the Calcutta flying boat City of Swanage landed at 16.55 at the emergency landing ground at Masindi, Uganda, and remained there overnight. The reason for the call is not known. The service then operated one day late, arriving Croydon on the 23rd.

Interruptions and Accidents, 1933, Jan 11
Interrupted flight, South Africa to Germany, JOHANNESBURG TO WURZEN. By Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN97 which left Johannesburg 12/1 and arrived, one day late in London, on 23/1. Then flown to Berlin the same day (23/1 arrival ds). Plain cover, typed 'per Air Mail/via Cairo/Imperial Airways', RATED 1/- for air rate. After departing Kisumu to schedule at 12.05 on the 15th, the Calcutta flying boat City of Swanage landed at 16.55 at the emergency landing ground at Masindi, Uganda, and remained there overnight. The reason for the call is not known. The service then operated one day late, arriving Croydon on the 23rd.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) Netherlands to Belgian Congo via London, ELST GELDERLUND to COSTERMANSVILLE,  Amsterdam 9/3 to London, transferred to Imperial Airways AFRICAN southbound service AS107 which departed Croydon 15/3 on 'Horatius', reached Alexandria 18/3 cds on 'Sylvanus', arriving Kampala 22/3 cds on C.Delhi'.  On 500km by surface via Rutshuru 26/3 transit cds to Costermansville 28/3 arrival cds., delivered 29 March (b/s). Airmail cover, 3/4 cm trim lh edge, FRANKED 27 ½ cts for 12 ½ UPU and 15c air fee.  This service departed Brindisi ONE DAY LATE: 18th instead of 17th, due to the late arrival of the train from Paris which arrived Modane 95 minutes late, thus missing the connection with the train to Brindisi. Thus lost time was made up en route to Alexandria and the schedule then maintained, Wingent  pers. comm. A delayed cover, uncommon origin/destination, great routing, ex Proud. One to catch the judge's eye!.

Interruptions and Accidents, 1933, Mar 9
Netherlands to Belgian Congo via London, ELST GELDERLUND to COSTERMANSVILLE, Amsterdam 9/3 to London, transferred to Imperial Airways AFRICAN southbound service AS107 which departed Croydon 15/3 on 'Horatius', reached Alexandria 18/3 cds on 'Sylvanus', arriving Kampala 22/3 cds on C.Delhi'. On 500km by surface via Rutshuru 26/3 transit cds to Costermansville 28/3 arrival cds., delivered 29 March (b/s). Airmail cover, 3/4 cm trim lh edge, FRANKED 27 ½ cts for 12 ½ UPU and 15c air fee. This service departed Brindisi ONE DAY LATE: 18th instead of 17th, due to the late arrival of the train from Paris which arrived Modane 95 minutes late, thus missing the connection with the train to Brindisi. Thus lost time was made up en route to Alexandria and the schedule then maintained, Wingent pers. comm. A delayed cover, uncommon origin/destination, great routing, ex Proud. One to catch the judge's eye!.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) BANKIPORE TO LONDON, 1800km by surface to Karachi then by IMPERIAL AIRWAYS flight IW204 by Helena to Athens, Satyrus to Brindisi, rail to Paris, then Heracles to London, registered (label) bank cover franked 10 1/2 annas and intact wax seal verso. Flying from Egypt Satyrus ran out of petrol an had to make a force landing on the sea at Cape Sunion. A launch wa sent out from the air force base at Phaleron and the seaplane and eight passengers towed back to base where it was refuelled and continued on its way with minimum delay. See Wingent, p94

Interruptions and Accidents, 1933, Apr 25
BANKIPORE TO LONDON, 1800km by surface to Karachi then by IMPERIAL AIRWAYS flight IW204 by Helena to Athens, Satyrus to Brindisi, rail to Paris, then Heracles to London, registered (label) bank cover franked 10 1/2 annas and intact wax seal verso. Flying from Egypt Satyrus ran out of petrol an had to make a force landing on the sea at Cape Sunion. A launch wa sent out from the air force base at Phaleron and the seaplane and eight passengers towed back to base where it was refuelled and continued on its way with minimum delay. See Wingent, p94

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(Interruptions and Accidents) Germany to Tanganyika, HAMBURG TO MOSHI, carried by DLH to Berlin bs 16/6 and Athens bs 16/6. where it transferred to the Imperial Airways AS120 Africa service, thereby avoiding the 2 day delay of this service at Brindisi (see Wingent p43). It arrived in Moshi bs 22/5 only one day late because the AS120  'Satyrus' caught up one day by omitting the usual overnight stay in Athens. Airmail etiquette cover correctly rated RM1.05 for 25pf UPU plus 4x 20pf air fee. A rare item with superb routing marks and in fine condition. Ex the late Ted Proud's collection.

Interruptions and Accidents, 1933, Jun 15
Germany to Tanganyika, HAMBURG TO MOSHI, carried by DLH to Berlin bs 16/6 and Athens bs 16/6. where it transferred to the Imperial Airways AS120 Africa service, thereby avoiding the 2 day delay of this service at Brindisi (see Wingent p43). It arrived in Moshi bs 22/5 only one day late because the AS120 'Satyrus' caught up one day by omitting the usual overnight stay in Athens. Airmail etiquette cover correctly rated RM1.05 for 25pf UPU plus 4x 20pf air fee. A rare item with superb routing marks and in fine condition. Ex the late Ted Proud's collection.

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(Interruptions and accidents) F/F, Broken Hill to Mozambique, bs 3/8, French feeder service SNAM to Madagascar, typed endorsement "Via Broken Hill " & "Per French Aviator flying/to Tananarive Madagascar", etiquette cover franked 1/- Leopard. Flown by Assolant and Lefevre, flight interrupted by accident between Broken Hill and Tete. Cover autographed by Major H.E.Green designer of the Leopard type stamps.Very fine and scarce. Map route photo enclosed.

Interruptions and accidents, 1934, Jul 31
F/F, Broken Hill to Mozambique, bs 3/8, French feeder service SNAM to Madagascar, typed endorsement "Via Broken Hill " & "Per French Aviator flying/to Tananarive Madagascar", etiquette cover franked 1/- Leopard. Flown by Assolant and Lefevre, flight interrupted by accident between Broken Hill and Tete. Cover autographed by Major H.E.Green designer of the Leopard type stamps.Very fine and scarce. Map route photo enclosed.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) F/F, Broken Hill to Quelimane, bs 2/8, French feeder service to Madagascar, typed endorsement "Via Broken Hill Air Mail 2/8/34" plain Robertson cover, franked 10d, Service de la Navigation de Madagascar.  Flown by Assolant and Lefevre, flight interrupted by accident between Broken Hill and Tete. Scarce.

Interruptions and Accidents, 1934, Aug 1
F/F, Broken Hill to Quelimane, bs 2/8, French feeder service to Madagascar, typed endorsement "Via Broken Hill Air Mail 2/8/34" plain Robertson cover, franked 10d, Service de la Navigation de Madagascar. Flown by Assolant and Lefevre, flight interrupted by accident between Broken Hill and Tete. Scarce.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) Iraq to England delayed flight, blue/grey printed 'Air Mail/Baghdad-London' air cover, franked 23fls tied by scarce Baghdad Cantonment cds.  Departed one day late from Baghdad 10/8 due to change of aircraft at Kuwait (reason unknown, see Wingent p121) on IMPERIAL AIRWAYS WESTBOUND SERVICE IW279 arriving Alex 11/8 on Satyrus, Brindisi 11/8 on Scipio, and Croydon 13/8 on Heracles. Fine large red/white/blue 'Europe, India,Africa' vignette verso, see scan.

Interruptions and Accidents, 1934, Aug 9
Iraq to England delayed flight, blue/grey printed 'Air Mail/Baghdad-London' air cover, franked 23fls tied by scarce Baghdad Cantonment cds. Departed one day late from Baghdad 10/8 due to change of aircraft at Kuwait (reason unknown, see Wingent p121) on IMPERIAL AIRWAYS WESTBOUND SERVICE IW279 arriving Alex 11/8 on Satyrus, Brindisi 11/8 on Scipio, and Croydon 13/8 on Heracles. Fine large red/white/blue 'Europe, India,Africa' vignette verso, see scan.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) India to Tanganyika, BOMBAY to DAR ES SALAAM, departed Karachi 14/11 on Imperial Airways westbound service IW293 arriving Cairo bs 16/11 where it transferred to IAW Africa southbound service AS194 one day late because flying boat Sylvanus was delayed at Athens by headwinds. Printed commercial cover datestamped Bombay 12/11, backstamped Cairo 16/11 and Dar es Salaam 21/11.The AS194 Brindisi-Cairo section was scheduled to be flown in one day, but after Sylvanus arrived at Athens her departure was delayed by headwinds until next morning. The service continued to run one day late until departure from Salisbury on 22/11. The cover was off-loaded at Kisumu on the 20th and was then flown to Dar es Salaam the next day by Wilson Airways' Coastal Service. A truly rare three airline item with fantastic routing, refs Wingent ,and ex the Ted Proud 
collection.

Interruptions and Accidents, 1934, Nov 12
India to Tanganyika, BOMBAY to DAR ES SALAAM, departed Karachi 14/11 on Imperial Airways westbound service IW293 arriving Cairo bs 16/11 where it transferred to IAW Africa southbound service AS194 one day late because flying boat Sylvanus was delayed at Athens by headwinds. Printed commercial cover datestamped Bombay 12/11, backstamped Cairo 16/11 and Dar es Salaam 21/11.The AS194 Brindisi-Cairo section was scheduled to be flown in one day, but after Sylvanus arrived at Athens her departure was delayed by headwinds until next morning. The service continued to run one day late until departure from Salisbury on 22/11. The cover was off-loaded at Kisumu on the 20th and was then flown to Dar es Salaam the next day by Wilson Airways' Coastal Service. A truly rare three airline item with fantastic routing, refs Wingent ,and ex the Ted Proud collection.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) Interrupted flight, Penang to London by Imperial Airways westbound service # IW319 which left 10/3 on Astraea to Karachi arriving one day late,  then to Alexandria on Hanno arriving two days late, Satyrus to Brindisi two days late, and arriving  at Croydon 20/3 two days late aboard Heracles. Printed commercial cover correctly rated 25c (w.e.f 13/11/1934), fine strike 'By Imperial Airways' hs front and verso, see scan. Because of the 2 day delay, by the time this service reached the Mediterranean the Greek rebellion was over and this service had resumed the normal routing via Athens instead of diverting via Malta. See Wingent p139. Nice item

Interruptions and Accidents, 1935, Mar 7
Interrupted flight, Penang to London by Imperial Airways westbound service # IW319 which left 10/3 on Astraea to Karachi arriving one day late, then to Alexandria on Hanno arriving two days late, Satyrus to Brindisi two days late, and arriving at Croydon 20/3 two days late aboard Heracles. Printed commercial cover correctly rated 25c (w.e.f 13/11/1934), fine strike 'By Imperial Airways' hs front and verso, see scan. Because of the 2 day delay, by the time this service reached the Mediterranean the Greek rebellion was over and this service had resumed the normal routing via Athens instead of diverting via Malta. See Wingent p139. Nice item

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(Interruptions and Accidents) Scipio crash at Mirabella Bay en route from India to London on flight IW470 which left Karachi on Aug 19th, stamps washed off, residual Cairo postmark, good strike black framed Type i "Damaged by Immersion/In Sea Water" cachet. Cover identified by crash cachet  Ni 360822i.

Interruptions and Accidents, 1936, Aug 22
Scipio crash at Mirabella Bay en route from India to London on flight IW470 which left Karachi on Aug 19th, stamps washed off, residual Cairo postmark, good strike black framed Type i "Damaged by Immersion/In Sea Water" cachet. Cover identified by crash cachet Ni 360822i.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) Singapore to London by Imperial Airways westbound service # IW 485 which left on Aurora 6/10 for Karachi ,  then 10/10 to Alexandria on Hengist, arriving 1 day late (cause unknown) at Marseilles on City of Stonehenge, departing 15/10  and arriving London 15/10 on Denebola. Plain cover correctly rated 25c (w.e.f 13/11/1934), canc Singapore cds, Slight rough opening rear to edge only, see scan

Interruptions and Accidents, 1936, Oct 3
Singapore to London by Imperial Airways westbound service # IW 485 which left on Aurora 6/10 for Karachi , then 10/10 to Alexandria on Hengist, arriving 1 day late (cause unknown) at Marseilles on City of Stonehenge, departing 15/10 and arriving London 15/10 on Denebola. Plain cover correctly rated 25c (w.e.f 13/11/1934), canc Singapore cds, Slight rough opening rear to edge only, see scan

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(Interruptions and Accidents) PILOT SIGNED 'CASTOR' Interrupted FIRST FLIGHT flight, SOUTHAMPTON TO ALEXANDRIA bs 10/2. Carried by IMPERIAL AIRWAYS AFRICA EASTBOUND SERVICE IE 521. Cover posted London 5/2/37, departed Southampton 6/2 on 'CASTOR' but returned after 10 mins with oiled up spark plug; unable to depart next day due to gales. She then encountered bad weather in the Rhone valley  which required a deviation to Hourtin and again at Marseilles from where she departed 2 days late, arriving Alexandria 1 day late, see Wingent p191. plain cover franked KE VIII 1/2d, 1d, 2 1/2d, typed ''1st Regular Flying Boat/Service by Castor', and signed by the pilot commander H.W.C.ALGER. Also  original unused Tuck's B&W PPC of 'Castor' taking off. SCARCE item in exhibition condition

Interruptions and Accidents, 1937, Feb 5
PILOT SIGNED 'CASTOR' Interrupted FIRST FLIGHT flight, SOUTHAMPTON TO ALEXANDRIA bs 10/2. Carried by IMPERIAL AIRWAYS AFRICA EASTBOUND SERVICE IE 521. Cover posted London 5/2/37, departed Southampton 6/2 on 'CASTOR' but returned after 10 mins with oiled up spark plug; unable to depart next day due to gales. She then encountered bad weather in the Rhone valley which required a deviation to Hourtin and again at Marseilles from where she departed 2 days late, arriving Alexandria 1 day late, see Wingent p191. plain cover franked KE VIII 1/2d, 1d, 2 1/2d, typed ''1st Regular Flying Boat/Service by Castor', and signed by the pilot commander H.W.C.ALGER. Also original unused Tuck's B&W PPC of 'Castor' taking off. SCARCE item in exhibition condition

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(Interruptions and Accidents) Penang to London by Imperial Airways westbound service # IW534 which left on Atlanta 28/3 for Karachi ,  then 31/3 to Alexandria on Horsa. Left  Alexandria 4/4, one day late DUE TO STRIKE OF LOCAL IMPERIAL AIRWAYS' WIRELESS OPERATORS (see Wingent p4).  Onward by Centaurus arriving one day late at Southampton 5/4.  Plain cover correctly rated 25c (w.e.f 13/11/1934), canc Penang cds, closed flap tear, see scan.. A most uncommon cause of delay, and very difficult to find.

Interruptions and Accidents, 1937, Mar 23
Penang to London by Imperial Airways westbound service # IW534 which left on Atlanta 28/3 for Karachi , then 31/3 to Alexandria on Horsa. Left Alexandria 4/4, one day late DUE TO STRIKE OF LOCAL IMPERIAL AIRWAYS' WIRELESS OPERATORS (see Wingent p4). Onward by Centaurus arriving one day late at Southampton 5/4. Plain cover correctly rated 25c (w.e.f 13/11/1934), canc Penang cds, closed flap tear, see scan.. A most uncommon cause of delay, and very difficult to find.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) Flying boat "Cygnus" accident at Brindisi, left Karachi en route India to England, no arrival ds, stamps washed off, black boxed cachet "Damaged By Sea Water". Identified by cachet Ni 371205b and verso sealed black/brown GB GPO 'Found open or damaged and officially secured' tape, see scan.

Interruptions and Accidents, 1937, Dec 5
Flying boat "Cygnus" accident at Brindisi, left Karachi en route India to England, no arrival ds, stamps washed off, black boxed cachet "Damaged By Sea Water". Identified by cachet Ni 371205b and verso sealed black/brown GB GPO 'Found open or damaged and officially secured' tape, see scan.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) Tanganyika to Germany, OLDEANI to DRESDEN. By road to Mombasa (160 miles) via Arusha bs 19/7 and Moshi bs 21/7 where it transferred to Imperial Airways Durban northbound flying boat service DN111 (Caledonia) which left Mombasa 23/7. At Khartoum Ceres took over from Caledonia at Khartoum 25/5, but met with an accident at Wadi Halfa on 24/7 when she collided with a floating dock. Load transferred to Caledonia which then operated as a relief and flew on to Athens arriving 26/7 one day late. Transferred to DLH Athens-Berlin service arriving Dresden 26/7. Registered (label) printed commercial cover franked S1.05 for 30c registration and 75c air rate. Superb item, ex Ted Proud collection.

Interruptions and Accidents, 1938, Jul 18
Tanganyika to Germany, OLDEANI to DRESDEN. By road to Mombasa (160 miles) via Arusha bs 19/7 and Moshi bs 21/7 where it transferred to Imperial Airways Durban northbound flying boat service DN111 (Caledonia) which left Mombasa 23/7. At Khartoum Ceres took over from Caledonia at Khartoum 25/5, but met with an accident at Wadi Halfa on 24/7 when she collided with a floating dock. Load transferred to Caledonia which then operated as a relief and flew on to Athens arriving 26/7 one day late. Transferred to DLH Athens-Berlin service arriving Dresden 26/7. Registered (label) printed commercial cover franked S1.05 for 30c registration and 75c air rate. Superb item, ex Ted Proud collection.

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(Interruptions and Accidents) Kenya to Madagascar, KILINDIN (MOMBASA) to TAMATIVE. By Imperial Airways Durban southbound flying boat service DS176 (Cambria) which left Mombasa 8/3 March. During a gale over Kroosi Bay (Northern Mozambique) all four engines cut out and Cambria forced landed. The fault was rectified and it flew on the next day arriving Mozambique Lourenco Marques airport one day late on 9/3. Transferred to Air Afrique and flown to Tananarive (Madagascar) arriving b/s 20/3, offloaded ,and on by surface to Tamative bs 21/3. Messageries Maritimes company cover with logo on flap franked 85ct for air rate. Super IAW/Air Afrique flying boat item with great routing, ex Ted Proud collection.

Interruptions and Accidents, 1939, Mar 8
Kenya to Madagascar, KILINDIN (MOMBASA) to TAMATIVE. By Imperial Airways Durban southbound flying boat service DS176 (Cambria) which left Mombasa 8/3 March. During a gale over Kroosi Bay (Northern Mozambique) all four engines cut out and Cambria forced landed. The fault was rectified and it flew on the next day arriving Mozambique Lourenco Marques airport one day late on 9/3. Transferred to Air Afrique and flown to Tananarive (Madagascar) arriving b/s 20/3, offloaded ,and on by surface to Tamative bs 21/3. Messageries Maritimes company cover with logo on flap franked 85ct for air rate. Super IAW/Air Afrique flying boat item with great routing, ex Ted Proud collection.

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