By Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Lot Number: 385
Date: 1932, Jan 19
Est. price: £44.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: 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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Lot Number: 386
Date: 1932, Feb 10
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: 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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Lot Number: 387
Date: 1932, Mar 16
Est. price: £65.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: 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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Lot Number: 388
Date: 1932, Jun 21
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: 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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Lot Number: 389
Date: 1932, Jun 29
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: 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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Lot Number: 390
Date: 1932, Nov 23
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: 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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Lot Number: 391
Date: 1932, Dec 30
Est. price: £85.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: 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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Lot Number: 392
Date: 1933, Jan 2
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: 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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Lot Number: 393
Date: 1933, Jan 11
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: 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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Lot Number: 394
Date: 1933, Jun 15
Est. price: £85.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: 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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Lot Number: 395
Date: 1934, Nov 12
Est. price: £85.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: 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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Lot Number: 396
Date: 1938, Jul 18
Est. price: £100.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: 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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Lot Number: 397
Date: 1939, Mar 8
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: 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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