By Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Lot Number: 285
Date: 1930, Feb 19
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: F/F, Buenos Aires to Miami, and on to Texas, franked 25c canc "Aeropostale BA" machine cancel, red/black boxed NYRBA cachet, green "Via/NYRBA(in arrow)/Aerea" hs, no b/s, NYRBA. Involved in all three crashes of this flight. The first was at Porto Alegre. The second was on landing at Santos where mail from Argentina, Uruguay, Porto Alegre had to be unloaded and, together with mail from Santos, rushed 200 miles by car, over mountain roads to Rio. Here it was transferred, along with the Rio mail, to a third machine which took off for Bahia, chased by the Rio harbour police who had a warrant to impound NYRBA's mail because of an unsettled legal dispute with ETA. The third crash occurred on take off at Bahia following a stop to load further mail. This item is also an 'outlaw' cover because NYRBA had no FAM contract with the USPO guaranteeing that their mail would receive continuing air mail service once it had cleared th first US port of entry.
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Lot Number: 286
Date: 1931, Aug 26
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: 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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Lot Number: 287
Date: 1932, Feb 10
Est. price: £65.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: 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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Lot Number: 288
Date: 1932, Sep 16
Est. price: £60.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: 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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Lot Number: 289
Date: 1933, Aug 29
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: South Africa to Germany. By flight leaving 30 August, Imperial Airways Africa Northbound service AN130 which arrived Athens 7 September. On by Lufthansa, delivered 9 September (firms chop). Franked 6d for air rate. DELAY. Service AN 130 delayed one day at Athens . It was flown by service AN 130, operated by the HP42 Horsa, which departed Khartoum 06.00 on 5 Sept. and arrived Cairo 6th where the service was taken over by the Short Kent Sylvanus which departed Alexandria to schedule on the 7th and should have arrived Brindisi the same day. However, she made an unscheduled overnight stop at Athens (reason unknown) and so did not reach Brindisi until the 8th.
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Lot Number: 290
Date: 1934, Jul 31
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: 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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Lot Number: 291
Date: 1934, Aug 1
Est. price: £65.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: 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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Lot Number: 292
Date: 1943, Feb 6
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: Egypt to France, CAIRO to PARIS, Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN152 which left 8 February (delayed) and arrived Brindisi 9 February. On by rail, arrived Paris 12 February (b/s), delivered 13 February (b/s). Plain cover franked 57mils for 20mil UPU, 20mil registration, 13 mil air fee, 4 mil excess. DELAY. Cover was carried by service AN 152 which departed Cairo on 8/2 having arrived Cairo to schedule at 11.00 on 6 Feb. in the 1-1P42 Hanno. From there it should have been flown to Alexandria the following morning but instead, it was sent by train b/s Turin TPO 10/34 (reason unknown). The Short Kent flying boat Sylvanus should have departed at 11.00 the same day but instead she left at 08.30 on 8 Feb. (one day late). The reasons for the delays are shown as "miscellaneous" on the I.A. movement chart. The service arrived Croydon at 11.45 on 11 Feb. - still one day behind schedule. Ex Proud.
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