Airmail Collector Reference Database - World War II

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(World War II) Early World War II censored LATI commercial air cover to Germany, Baade & Baade airmail corner cover, franked 5400R canc Porto Alegre cds, printed "Via (ms) LATI" typed endorsement ", Maubeuge double circle Period 1 "Controle Postal Militaire/Admission WN", sealed Brazil brown/black S.P Censura censor tape with coat of arms, tied by violet Brazil two line "5 Censura/****** Do Sul censor mark verso, blue two line "Retour/A L'Envoyeur" hs on front. Intended for carriage by LATI but was sent, instead, via Transatlantic Clipper to France  where it was censored at Maubeuge on the French-Belgian border, and then returned to sender. Upon the French declaration of war against Germany on 3/9/39 Air France ceased all flights to Germany. So, on reaching Maubeuge, this cover could go no further and was returned to Brazil.  For this reason  Maubeuge mail is much sought after.

World War II, 1939, Sep 16
Early World War II censored LATI commercial air cover to Germany, Baade & Baade airmail corner cover, franked 5400R canc Porto Alegre cds, printed "Via (ms) LATI" typed endorsement ", Maubeuge double circle Period 1 "Controle Postal Militaire/Admission WN", sealed Brazil brown/black S.P Censura censor tape with coat of arms, tied by violet Brazil two line "5 Censura/****** Do Sul censor mark verso, blue two line "Retour/A L'Envoyeur" hs on front. Intended for carriage by LATI but was sent, instead, via Transatlantic Clipper to France where it was censored at Maubeuge on the French-Belgian border, and then returned to sender. Upon the French declaration of war against Germany on 3/9/39 Air France ceased all flights to Germany. So, on reaching Maubeuge, this cover could go no further and was returned to Brazil. For this reason Maubeuge mail is much sought after.

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(World War II) Brazil to Germany, flown by LATI, censored WWII cover double rated 10,800r, canc Rio de Janeiro cds, fine blue/white three line "Via LATI" service etiquette, sealed German black/white OKW censor tape. Carried by LATI all the way from Rio to Rome, thus avoiding the British censorship in the Caribbean.

World War II, 1940, Apr 6
Brazil to Germany, flown by LATI, censored WWII cover double rated 10,800r, canc Rio de Janeiro cds, fine blue/white three line "Via LATI" service etiquette, sealed German black/white OKW censor tape. Carried by LATI all the way from Rio to Rome, thus avoiding the British censorship in the Caribbean.

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(World War II) Wartime airmail, first regular Sydney-Auckland airmail, bs Wellington 3/5, carried in flying boat "Aotearoa", blue/grey TEAL souvenir company cover, rated 8d for air to NZ. When Italy entered the war in June 1949 this service became the first leg of the 'all air' Pacific Clipper Service to GB via Hong Kong, San Francisco, New York and Lisbon. A nice historical item.

World War II, 1940, Apr 30
Wartime airmail, first regular Sydney-Auckland airmail, bs Wellington 3/5, carried in flying boat "Aotearoa", blue/grey TEAL souvenir company cover, rated 8d for air to NZ. When Italy entered the war in June 1949 this service became the first leg of the 'all air' Pacific Clipper Service to GB via Hong Kong, San Francisco, New York and Lisbon. A nice historical item.

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(World War II) WWII censored airmail Paris to Alexandria, via Cairo 3/6, franked 2F50 postage and 5F air, canc Paris cds, censored in Egypt., flown Air France to Athens, then Imperial Airways to Alexandria. Image.

World War II, 1940, May 28
WWII censored airmail Paris to Alexandria, via Cairo 3/6, franked 2F50 postage and 5F air, canc Paris cds, censored in Egypt., flown Air France to Athens, then Imperial Airways to Alexandria. Image.

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(World War II) World War II, London to New York, no arrival ds, carried on BOAC first regular service Heston to Lisbon, cover embossed 'Stanley Gibbons/London' on flap, franked 1/3d, typed 'First British War Time/Service to Lisbon', airmail etiquette.

World War II, 1940, May 31
World War II, London to New York, no arrival ds, carried on BOAC first regular service Heston to Lisbon, cover embossed 'Stanley Gibbons/London' on flap, franked 1/3d, typed 'First British War Time/Service to Lisbon', airmail etiquette.

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(World War II) Rio de Janeiro to Milan, no arrival ds, flown by LATI, uncensored WWII airmail cover franked 5400R, fine strike violet framed diubke line "Via L.A.T.I." directional handstamp, ms 'Via L.A.T.I.'.

World War II, 1940, Jun 6
Rio de Janeiro to Milan, no arrival ds, flown by LATI, uncensored WWII airmail cover franked 5400R, fine strike violet framed diubke line "Via L.A.T.I." directional handstamp, ms 'Via L.A.T.I.'.

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(World War II) F/F, Auckland to San Francisco, cachet, b/s,  air cover, Pan Am. Image.

World War II, 1940, Jul 19
F/F, Auckland to San Francisco, cachet, b/s, air cover, Pan Am. Image.

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(World War II) GB to New York, two WWII censored covers, both correctly rated 1/3d and typed 'Atlantic Clipper', and sealed with Bermuda censor tape, #'s 1527 and 1153. See scan

World War II, 1940, Aug 2
GB to New York, two WWII censored covers, both correctly rated 1/3d and typed 'Atlantic Clipper', and sealed with Bermuda censor tape, #'s 1527 and 1153. See scan

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(World War II) Brazil to Vichy France, bs Villefranche-de-Rouergue 18/10, flown by LATI, censored WWII cover franked 5400R, canc Rio de Janeiro cds, also canceled French 30c postage due, fine strike violet framed "Por Aviao/via L.A.T.I." directional handstamp, sealed Italian black/white 'Verificato per censur' and tied my Italian censor mark. Carried by LATI all the way from Rio to Rome, thus avoiding the British censorship in the Caribbean. This cover was correctly rated 5400R, so the 30c postage due is unusual. Significant bottom edge tear.

World War II, 1940, Sep 19
Brazil to Vichy France, bs Villefranche-de-Rouergue 18/10, flown by LATI, censored WWII cover franked 5400R, canc Rio de Janeiro cds, also canceled French 30c postage due, fine strike violet framed "Por Aviao/via L.A.T.I." directional handstamp, sealed Italian black/white 'Verificato per censur' and tied my Italian censor mark. Carried by LATI all the way from Rio to Rome, thus avoiding the British censorship in the Caribbean. This cover was correctly rated 5400R, so the 30c postage due is unusual. Significant bottom edge tear.

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(World War II) Censored airmail Gibraltar to England, correctly rated 6d, sealed Gibraltar red/cream 'E B Gibraltar/Posta Censor 4'.

World War II, 1940, Dec 9
Censored airmail Gibraltar to England, correctly rated 6d, sealed Gibraltar red/cream 'E B Gibraltar/Posta Censor 4'.

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(World War II) World War II uncensored airmail cover, Buenos Aires to Portugal, bs Lisbon 28/12, dark green/grey Condor envelope, franked 1P45, typed endorsement "(Por Condor) -LATI".  Mail from all over South America was flown, mainly by Syndicato Condor, to Brazil to connect with LATI. LATI mail to Portugal is uncommon.

World War II, 1940, Dec 18
World War II uncensored airmail cover, Buenos Aires to Portugal, bs Lisbon 28/12, dark green/grey Condor envelope, franked 1P45, typed endorsement "(Por Condor) -LATI". Mail from all over South America was flown, mainly by Syndicato Condor, to Brazil to connect with LATI. LATI mail to Portugal is uncommon.

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(World War II) World War II censored airmail cover, Buenos Aires to Holland, no arrival ds, dark blue/grey Condor envelope, franked 1P45, typed endorsement "Por Condor-LATI", sealed black on white OKW censor tape (code e = Frankfurt) tied by purple circular eagle and swastika censor mark. Mail from all over South America was flown, mainly by Syndicato Condor, to Brazil to connect with LATI.

World War II, 1941, Feb 14
World War II censored airmail cover, Buenos Aires to Holland, no arrival ds, dark blue/grey Condor envelope, franked 1P45, typed endorsement "Por Condor-LATI", sealed black on white OKW censor tape (code e = Frankfurt) tied by purple circular eagle and swastika censor mark. Mail from all over South America was flown, mainly by Syndicato Condor, to Brazil to connect with LATI.

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(World War II) British Prisoner of War Post/Kriegsgefangenenpost/Service des Prisonniers de Guerre, unused air letter sheet, blue tablet "Air Mail/Par Avion", important warning about the POW number, blue/white, franked imprint 2 1/2d KGVI, bottom flap.

World War II, 1941, Apr 21
British Prisoner of War Post/Kriegsgefangenenpost/Service des Prisonniers de Guerre, unused air letter sheet, blue tablet "Air Mail/Par Avion", important warning about the POW number, blue/white, franked imprint 2 1/2d KGVI, bottom flap.

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(World War II) Wartime airmail, Pacific Clipper services up to the attack on Pearl Harbour, the 'air all the way' trans Pacific and trans Atlantic clipper service, Sydney to London, imprint etiquette airmail cover franked 5/10d, typed "Aus-NZ-UK Air Mail", sealed red/white Australian OBC censor tape tied by violet  two line 'Passed By Censor/S.109' hs, violet 'California Clipper' hs. Correctly rated 5/10 for the two ocean clipper service to the UK, carried by TEAL to New Zealand, Pan Am FAM19 to San Francisco, then US internal air service to link with Pan Am FAM18 trans Atlantic service to Lisbon. This service opened on 3/7/40 when Italy entered the war on June 10th 1940 and closed Mediterranean section of the long established Empire (Kangaroo) route through Europe and across the Indian Ocean. The Pacific Clipper service ceased after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on 11/12/41. An attractive and important item in the study of wartime airmails.

World War II, 1941, Apr 24
Wartime airmail, Pacific Clipper services up to the attack on Pearl Harbour, the 'air all the way' trans Pacific and trans Atlantic clipper service, Sydney to London, imprint etiquette airmail cover franked 5/10d, typed "Aus-NZ-UK Air Mail", sealed red/white Australian OBC censor tape tied by violet two line 'Passed By Censor/S.109' hs, violet 'California Clipper' hs. Correctly rated 5/10 for the two ocean clipper service to the UK, carried by TEAL to New Zealand, Pan Am FAM19 to San Francisco, then US internal air service to link with Pan Am FAM18 trans Atlantic service to Lisbon. This service opened on 3/7/40 when Italy entered the war on June 10th 1940 and closed Mediterranean section of the long established Empire (Kangaroo) route through Europe and across the Indian Ocean. The Pacific Clipper service ceased after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on 11/12/41. An attractive and important item in the study of wartime airmails.

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(World War II) Horseshoe Route World War II censored air cover to Manchester, no arrival ds, franked 1G 75c canc Batavia cds, typed 'Per Luchtposts Via Durban', sealed brown "Door Censur Geopend" NEI censor tape tied by black circle "Censur  20/6/41"censor mark, also fine strike red  oval 'Ec.C' NEI censor mark and Egypt black censor hs Likely KLM to Cairo then BOAC over the "Horseshoe" route, see Boyle p 820-828. Non invasive ironed vertical crease and little rough opening verso, does not detract, see scan.

World War II, 1941, Jun 20
Horseshoe Route World War II censored air cover to Manchester, no arrival ds, franked 1G 75c canc Batavia cds, typed 'Per Luchtposts Via Durban', sealed brown "Door Censur Geopend" NEI censor tape tied by black circle "Censur 20/6/41"censor mark, also fine strike red oval 'Ec.C' NEI censor mark and Egypt black censor hs Likely KLM to Cairo then BOAC over the "Horseshoe" route, see Boyle p 820-828. Non invasive ironed vertical crease and little rough opening verso, does not detract, see scan.

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(World War II) Censored WWII airmail, Pacific Clipper services up to the attack on Pearl Harbour, Sydney to New York, imprint etiquette cover. correctly rated 4/- per 1/2oz for carriage to US, sealed red/white OBC Australia censor tape tied by two line 'Passed By Censor/S83' censor mark, black 'California Clipper' hs. Flown by Pan Am FAM19 to San Francisco, then US internal air service to destination. The Pacific Clipper service ceased after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on 11/12/41.

World War II, 1941, Jun 28
Censored WWII airmail, Pacific Clipper services up to the attack on Pearl Harbour, Sydney to New York, imprint etiquette cover. correctly rated 4/- per 1/2oz for carriage to US, sealed red/white OBC Australia censor tape tied by two line 'Passed By Censor/S83' censor mark, black 'California Clipper' hs. Flown by Pan Am FAM19 to San Francisco, then US internal air service to destination. The Pacific Clipper service ceased after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on 11/12/41.

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(World War II) World War II North Atlantic service, dual censored registered cover, Havana to Bohemia-Moravia, via Miami 16/9 and Lisbon, correctly rated 55c, sealed British censor 1608, also brown German censor tape tied by red censor mark. Non invasve top lh corner nibble, otherwise fine. See image.

World War II, 1941, Jul 7
World War II North Atlantic service, dual censored registered cover, Havana to Bohemia-Moravia, via Miami 16/9 and Lisbon, correctly rated 55c, sealed British censor 1608, also brown German censor tape tied by red censor mark. Non invasve top lh corner nibble, otherwise fine. See image.

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(World War II) Censored WWII airmail, Pacific Clipper services up to the attack on Pearl Harbour, Sydney to New York, imprint etiquette cover. franked 4 x1/- Lyre bird, correctly rated 4/- per 1/2oz for carriage to US, violet diamond Australia 1103 censor mark, black 'California Clipper' hs. Flown by Pan Am FAM19 to San Francisco, then US internal air service to destination. The Pacific Clipper service ceased after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on 11/12/41.

World War II, 1941, Oct 2
Censored WWII airmail, Pacific Clipper services up to the attack on Pearl Harbour, Sydney to New York, imprint etiquette cover. franked 4 x1/- Lyre bird, correctly rated 4/- per 1/2oz for carriage to US, violet diamond Australia 1103 censor mark, black 'California Clipper' hs. Flown by Pan Am FAM19 to San Francisco, then US internal air service to destination. The Pacific Clipper service ceased after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on 11/12/41.

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(World War II ) World War II double censored airmail cover, Curacao to London, pale grey airmail cover franked 120c, sealed PC90 OBE 6267 Bermuda censor tape overlying plain brown, likely Miami US censor tape.

World War II , 1942, May 23
World War II double censored airmail cover, Curacao to London, pale grey airmail cover franked 120c, sealed PC90 OBE 6267 Bermuda censor tape overlying plain brown, likely Miami US censor tape.

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(World War II ) British early Airgraph design, with address panel at  bottom,
sent from civilian to civilian, Hampshire England to Ottawa Canada Canada during World War II. 
Complete with delivery envelope POA with fine Canada GPO delivery cds..

World War II , 1942, Aug 12
British early Airgraph design, with address panel at bottom, sent from civilian to civilian, Hampshire England to Ottawa Canada Canada during World War II. Complete with delivery envelope POA with fine Canada GPO delivery cds..

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(World War II ) Royal Navy printed 'honour' air letter ms 'Air Mail, posted from a Royal Marine, Royal Marine Auxiliary Battalion' Lyness naval camp on Hoy, Orkney to army colleague MEF Forces, franked GB 1/3d, returned address unknown hs,  verso boxed Infantry /20 Nov 1942/Base Depot hs, FPO 12 No 42 dr cds and purple circular Army/Post Office hs tying Bermuda OBE 6336 censor tape, and also sealed with 'Officially Sealed in the Army Post Office' tape. See scan.

World War II , 1942, Nov 12
Royal Navy printed 'honour' air letter ms 'Air Mail, posted from a Royal Marine, Royal Marine Auxiliary Battalion' Lyness naval camp on Hoy, Orkney to army colleague MEF Forces, franked GB 1/3d, returned address unknown hs, verso boxed Infantry /20 Nov 1942/Base Depot hs, FPO 12 No 42 dr cds and purple circular Army/Post Office hs tying Bermuda OBE 6336 censor tape, and also sealed with 'Officially Sealed in the Army Post Office' tape. See scan.

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(World War II ) British early Airgraph design, with address panel at top,
sent during World War 2 from a gunner serving with a Light A.A.Battery, MEF, North Africa to England.

World War II , 1943, Feb 7
British early Airgraph design, with address panel at top, sent during World War 2 from a gunner serving with a Light A.A.Battery, MEF, North Africa to England.

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(World War II ) British early Airgraph design, with address panel at top, sent during World War 2 from a gunner serving with a Light A.A.Battery, MEF, North Africa to England, signed 'Passed by Censor' hs..

World War II , 1943, May 28
British early Airgraph design, with address panel at top, sent during World War 2 from a gunner serving with a Light A.A.Battery, MEF, North Africa to England, signed 'Passed by Censor' hs..

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(World War II ) Christmas 1943 Airgraph Illustrated with spitfires flying over palm trees, sent from the Desert Air Force, CMF to England, black boxed RAF censor 12, and Dickinsons logo on cover . Nice item with envelope.

World War II , 1943, Jun 28
Christmas 1943 Airgraph Illustrated with spitfires flying over palm trees, sent from the Desert Air Force, CMF to England, black boxed RAF censor 12, and Dickinsons logo on cover . Nice item with envelope.

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(World War II ) Illustrated Christmas Greetings airgraph with shield with St George's Cross, a palm tree and an olive tree, sent the Eighth Army, Italy, to England, passed by censor 8261 hs. Complete with delivery envelope.

World War II , 1943, Nov 28
Illustrated Christmas Greetings airgraph with shield with St George's Cross, a palm tree and an olive tree, sent the Eighth Army, Italy, to England, passed by censor 8261 hs. Complete with delivery envelope.

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(World War II ) Scarce 'NAVAL ISSUE' air letter from RN barracks, Colombo, Ceylon to England, franked 3d canc 'PO Maritime/Mail, blue boxed censor hs signed by censor.

World War II , 1943, Dec 28
Scarce 'NAVAL ISSUE' air letter from RN barracks, Colombo, Ceylon to England, franked 3d canc 'PO Maritime/Mail, blue boxed censor hs signed by censor.

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(World War II ) Scarce 'NAVAL ISSUE' air letter from RN barracks, Colombo, Ceylon to England, franked 3d canc 'PO Maritime/Mail, red boxed censor hs signed by censor.

World War II , 1944, Feb 14
Scarce 'NAVAL ISSUE' air letter from RN barracks, Colombo, Ceylon to England, franked 3d canc 'PO Maritime/Mail, red boxed censor hs signed by censor.

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(World War II ) A 1944 Christmas greetings airgraph  with pictorial map of the Arabian Sea sent from one theatre of war to another, from CMF (Central Mediterranean Force which was the main battle group in North Africa and Italy in 1944 and 1945)  to The 1st Battalion, King's Own Regiment, India.

World War II , 1944, Dec 25
A 1944 Christmas greetings airgraph with pictorial map of the Arabian Sea sent from one theatre of war to another, from CMF (Central Mediterranean Force which was the main battle group in North Africa and Italy in 1944 and 1945) to The 1st Battalion, King's Own Regiment, India.

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(World War II ) Censored Honour Air Mail Letter franked GB 3d with scarce printed blue triangle from from CMF (Central Mediterranean Force which was the main battle group in North Africa and Italy in 1944 and 1945)  to The 1st Battalion, King's Own Regiment, India. Also crown over shield ' Passed By Censor/No 12860 'hs.

World War II , 1945, Feb 27
Censored Honour Air Mail Letter franked GB 3d with scarce printed blue triangle from from CMF (Central Mediterranean Force which was the main battle group in North Africa and Italy in 1944 and 1945) to The 1st Battalion, King's Own Regiment, India. Also crown over shield ' Passed By Censor/No 12860 'hs.

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