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The Knapp Collection of Airmail Flights


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Lot 935

Argentina, 1930 (May 10), letter recovered at sea off Montevideo (Uruguay), from C.G.A. Buenos Aires-Toulouse flight, sent registered from Buenos Aires to London, England; 3-line violet cachet on reverse: "Accident d'Avion/Correspondances recueillies en mer/NE PAS TAXER", give the mail bag its due: minimal water damage, Very Fine.
Nierinck 300510a; SFr 300 ($310).
Estimate $150 - 200

The plane, a Laté 28, was forced to fly low owing to poor visibility. The pilot, Négrin, skimmed the waves and the plane sank, killing the crew and Mr. Pranville, Manager of "Aeropostale in South America". All 1482 letters were recovered.

Current Bid$80
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Lot 936

Australia, 1936 (Aug. 22), Imperial Airways Australia-England cover from crash at Mirabello Bay (Crete), 6d Kookaburra posted at Perth, W.A., with boxed violet straightline "DAMAGED BY WATER" cachet; accompanied by notes and two articles on the "Scipo" crash and its covers/cachets, Very Fine.
Nierinck 360822a; SFr 140 ($140).
Estimate $100 - 150

During the "Scipio"'s forced landing at Mirabello Bay, a sudden cross-wind swung the plane around, causing it to crash and sink within minutes. The 38 postal bags were recovered and dried. This cover is special in that it still retains one of its (originally two) stamps; Nierinck notes that the stamps are missing on nearly all "Scipio" covers.

Current Bid$50
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Lot 937

Austria, 1918 (May 18), crash cover, Vienna - Lemberg, 8h postal card uprated with 4k Airmail (C3) tied by Vienna c.d.s.s, May 2, with May 3 Vienna Airmail c.d.s. below; message is the tragic notation "Nr. 2748, Notlandung, 3. V 1918" (emergency landing), Very Fine. Mailed by pioneering Austrian dealer, R. Friedl.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 938

Belgium, 1955 (Feb. 13), Sabena Brussels-Léopoldville flight, crashed at Rome, registered cover sent from Molenbeek to Matadi, Belgian Congo; front boasts Molenbeek 1/294 Registry label, bright red "recommandée" label and 3 Molenbeek 11-2-55 c.d.s.'s, along with the 3-line violet crash cachet "POSTES ROME GARE AVION/Correspondance recouvrée/dans le desastre d'avion du 13 FEB 1955"; back shows LEOPOLDVILLE-1/14-3-55.16/LEOPOLDSTADT-1 and MATADI-I.E/15-3-55.11 receivers, Very Fine.
Nierinck 550213a; SFr 180 ($190).
Estimate $100 - 150

The DC 6 sent a final radio message 20 minutes before it was due to land; the wreckage was found 8 days later on Mt. Terminillo, 70 km northeast of Rome. All 29 aboard were killed. The mail, as well as a special shipment of diamonds, was recovered.

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Lot 939

Belgium, 1958 (May 18), Sabena Brussels-Léopoldville flight, cover salvaged at Casablanca (Morocco), business-size window envelope meter cancelled at Brussels; bears violet 2-line "SINISTRE/CASABLANCA" cachet; reverse without markings, Very Fine.
Nierinck 580518b; SFr 240 ($250).
Estimate $100 - 150

Over Morocco, one of the DC 7's engines failed, causing the pilot to attempt landing at Casablanca. The plane came down, missed the landing strip and crashed against a military building, catching fire and killing 65. Four people survived, and part of the mail was recovered.

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Lot 940

Brazil, 1939 (Dec. 24), cover from Lati First Return Rio-Rome Flight, crashed at Mogador (Essaouira, Morocco), patterned envelope addressed to Rovereto, Italy, bearing the violet circular "Voo inaugural brasil italia - dezembro 1939 xviii" cachet applied to all mail taken onboard at Rio; unobtrusive bite out of top center and small nip of bottom right corner, Very Fine.
Nierinck 391224; SFr 200 ($210).
Estimate $100 - 150

Having crossed the Atlantic successfully, the Savoia Marchetti SM 83 hit a severe storm over Morocco and crashed. A small part of the mail was recovered.

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Lot 941

British Asia, 1937 (Oct. 1), Imperial Airways Far East-Britain flight lost at Phaleron Bay (Greece), cover cancelled Alexandria, Egypt, 30.IX.37, and addressed to Athens, Greece; front bears the bilingual Greek-French cachet listed in Nierinck (#371001a), but in blue rather than the listed violet; back flaps sealed by 4 Greek Postal Service seals and 2 Athens c.d.s.'s, Very Fine.
Nierinck 371001a var; SFr 750 ($780).
Estimate $400 - 600

While coming in for landing, the "Courtier" seaplane hit the water hard, damaging its hull and sinking in minutes. Three passengers drowned; all the mail was recovered and received different cachets depending on its final destination. This bilingual cachet was used for mail addressed to Greece.

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Lot 942

British Asia, 1937 (Dec. 5), 2 covers from Imperial Airways Cygnus Far East-England flight lost at Brindisi (Italy), 1 cover to England, 1 to France; British cover (bearing a Malaya Straights Settlements stamp cancelled "Butterworth S.S.") fronting 2 clear strikes of the boxed 2-line "DAMAGED BY SEA/WATER" cachet in black with flap sealed by 2 strips of "G. [crown] R./Found open or damaged/and officially secured" P.O. paper tape (bilingual English/French); cover to France bears "SERVICE POSTAL FRANÇAIS/Correspondance retardée/par accident d'avion/Prière de ne pas taxer." cachet in violet with French PTT Seal (No. 509) securing the flap on reverse, French cover exceptionally fresh; English cover worse for wear along full height of right side, nonetheless Very Fine.
Nierinck 371205b & 371205e; SFr 320 ($330).
Estimate $150 - 200

The "Cygnus", a seaplane, left Karachi on December 2, arriving at Brindisi on December 4. When taking off, the plane overturned and sank, killing one crew member and one passenger. The mail (120,000 pieces from the Far and Near East) was recovered; numerous cachets were applied.

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Lot 943

Ceylon, 1943 (June), Ceylon-England crash cover, bearing 3 King George VI Indian stamps, sent from Bombay to New York (Nierinck notes only "[d]amaged mail posted in Ceylon, Aden or China and addressed to Great Britain is known"); front carries the 2-line typed "[S]alvaged air mail Cairo-Karachi/despatch No.65" label, along with a "Passed" censor upper left and purple straightline "DHB/50" at lower right; reverse shows two square boxed "D.[H.B.]/BOMBAY" strikes, one dated 24 AUG 43, the other 31 AUG 43; top left, left and bottom of envelope sealed with P.O. paper tape; includes the original correspondence, Very Fine, an interesting piece on many counts.
Nierinck 430600a; SFr 260 ($270).
Estimate $150 - 200

Per Nierinck, amazingly, information about a crash is not available. He also notes the "wrong-way" route on the label (West-East rather than East-West), noting it "[p]ossibly an error."
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Lot 944

Chile, 1929 (Aug. 11), letter recovered from Oued Ocaale (Morocco) crash of C.G.A. Santiago de Chile-Toulouse flight, eye-catching red-bordered "Par Avion" cover sent from Senegal to France with lovely blue and ultramarine franking; black boxed 2-line boxed "Correspondance aérienne/ouverte en «Mauritanie»" handstamp in black on front, Very Fine.
Nierinck 290811a; SFr 260 ($270).
Estimate $150 - 200

The plane, a Laté 26, was forced down by engine trouble 90 km outside Tiznit, Morocco, at Oued Ocaale, where the plane was set alight and the mail pillage. The flight held 20,000 letters from Chile, Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, French West Africa (A.O.F.) and Sudan. The boxed handstamp is found on opened covers (such as this one) in multiple colors.

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Lot 945

Chile, 1932 (Feb. 27), 3 covers recovered from CGA Chile-France flight at Setiba (Brazil), in varying condition; the first, addressed to Brazil, carries a violet 3-line cachet "CORRESPONDENCIA SALVA/DO ACCIDENTE/DO __________" and "Late 28" added in manuscript on front (Nierinck #320227c); the second shows the French 3-line handstamp "Accident d'Avion/Correspondances recueillies en mer/NE PAS TAXER" on reverse Nierinck #320227a), and the third appears to be an unlisted 2-line violet "RETARDÈE PAR/ACCIDENT DE SERVICE" handstamp on both recto and verso of cover to Dresden, Very Fine.
Nierinck 320227 vars; SFr 540+ ($560).
Estimate $300 - 400

The flight was caught in a storm over the Atlantic and struck by lightning, crashing off the beach of Setiba. Mail bags were found on the beach of Sarita; 1482 covers were recovered, with various handstamps or markings used depending on final destination.

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Lot 946

Chile, 1935 (Nov. 3), Air France Chile-France flight cover from crash at Aracaju (Brazil), with violet "COURRIER ACCIDENTÉ AU BRÉSIL/LE 3 NOVEMBRE 1935" cachet on front; accompanied by an article by W. Dudley Edwards in Air Mail News about the crash, Very Fine.
Nierinck 351103a; SFr 220 ($230).
Estimate $150 - 200

Seventeen mail bags were discovered on a small beach near Aracaju. The mail was carried to Bahia by car and then by plane to Natal and to Toulouse, where it arrived November 13.

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Lot 947

Chile, 1938 (June 19), Panagra Santiago-Antofugasta crash cover from Los Erizos, addressed to New York, the cover is crumpled at left with small tear at bottom; violet 5-line cachet on front at upper right; accompanied by April 22. 1941, typewritten notice from Albert Goldman, Postmaster in New York City (Nierinck #380619f); note is unpriced in Nierinck, Very Fine.
Nierinck 380619a & 380619f; SFr 440+ ($460).
Estimate $250 - 350

Radio contact with the "Santa Lucia" was lost an hour after its departure from Santiago. The wreckage was discovered more than 2 years later, with mail recovered forwarded to addressees through the Santiago Post Office.

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Lot 948

Ecuador, 1932 (Aug. 19), recovered from the Ecuador's First Guayaquil-Latacunga-Manta Flight, lovely cover with pictorial cachet telling the story of the crash, Very Fine.
Nierinck 320819a; SFr 200 ($210).
Estimate $100 - 150

The plane, on a military first flight, crashed at Mombrillo, killing the pilot. Part of the mail was recovered and received this cachet.

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Lot 949

Egypt, 1933 (Mar. 4), Imperial Airways Cairo-Athens cover from Cap Sunion (Greece) forced landing, pretty franking addressed to Athens, with bilingual "Barid Jawwi/Par Avion" label and airplane handstamp on front; reverse shows Athens 5 March 33 postmark, Very Fine.
Nierinck 330304; SFr 520 ($540).
Estimate $250 - 350

The seaplane "Satyrus" had to make a forced landing on heavy sea near Gaidouronisi (Crete), off Cape Sunion, due to lack of petrol. The plane was towed into Phaleron Bay and mail was taken to Athens where it was postmarked.

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Lot 950

Europe, 1938 (May 22), Europe-South America Condor cover from Santos (Brazil) crash, purple envelope posted from Austria to Argentina, with red "Deutsche Luftpost/Europe-Sudamerika" Zeppelin & Airplane cachet; with manuscript German notice of crash location and date on reverse; not listed in Nierinck, who only references a manuscript note (in Spanish) for mail destined for Uruguay, Very Fine.
Nierinck 380522 var.
Estimate $200 - 300

Mail from Europe was brought to Natal by a DHL flight, whence it was taken to Rio de Janeiro by Condor flight. At Rio, the seaplane "Guaracy" left for Santos in bad weather, and was forced down shortly into its flight when an engine failed. The plane sank in rough seas. Mail was recovered on June 5 and forwarded with a special cachet or marking.

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Lot 951

France, 1920 (Oct. 5), recovered at Onteniente (Spain) from L.A.L. Toulouse-Morocco flight, large part of envelope wrapped in cellophane; singed along right side though address intact, with only "Casablanca" bisected by envelope loss at bottom; manuscript "Détérioré par accident d'avion" notation in blue on reverse, Very Fine.
Nierinck 201005b; SFr 3,000 ($3,100).
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000

Piloted by Genthon with mechanic Benas, the Bréguet 14 left Toulouse for Alicante in the morning. Encountering strong headwinds between Valencia and Alicante, Genthon decided to return to Valencia. Forced to land at Onteniente due to poor visibility, the plane struck a rock and caught fire, killing the crew. Some letters were recovered from the badly burnt mail bag.

Current Bid$750
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Lot 952

France, 1925 (July 23), letter recovered from C.G.E.A. Toulouse-Dakar flight, in excellent condition, with top fully repaired/sealed by P.T.T. label 509; from the stash of letters turned in at Dakar 8 months after the crash, with double-circle "Dakar/Clon de Dakar & Depces/30/Mars/26" strikes and 5-line stamped cachet in blue reading "Courrier tombé aux/mains des Maures le/23.7.25 Correspondance/rapportée à Dakar le/30 mars 19Z6", Very Fine.
Nierinck 250723b; SFr 1,400 ($1,450).
Estimate $750 - 1,000

Forced down at Playa Blanca, south of Oued Draa, the Bréguet 14 was attacked and plundered (the pilots escaped in another plane). Some letters were immediately recovered and taken to Agadir, more were found and forwarded from Agadir 2 months after the flight, and more still (from which this cover comes) were handed over at Dakar 8 months after the crash.

Current Bid$375
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Lot 953

France, 1929 (Feb. 19), 2 covers from the crash of the "Dragon d'Annam" at Bondy (France), from the first postal liaison attempted by the Dragon d'Annam; both in great shape and with violet 3-line "RAID INTERROMPU/PAR ACCIDENT/Retour à l'envoyeur" cachet. Each has its own charm:

The first was one of 542 pieces of mail (of the 10,000 carried) that erroneously received a standard c.d.s. postmark instead of the commemorative "POSTE AÉRIENNE/18 */19-2/29/* FRANCE-INDO-CHINE *" postmark; the original stamps were handstamped "ANNULÉ" and new postage added (on reverse) receiving the commemorative strike; meaning the cover bears 41 Francs postage total (including some lovely Mersons) - which probably helped offset it odyssey back to sender: cover front has "PYRENEES PARIS 29/16-2/29" c.d.s. and multiple "PARIS VI/4 III 29" c.d.s.'s; reverse bears "BIARRITZ/1640/16-2/29/Bses PYRENEES" and "CIBOURE/1145/1-3/29/Bses PYRENEES" c.d.s.'s; so sent from Ciboure, intended for Hanoi, returned to Paris, forwarded to Biarritz, then tio Ciboure and then back to Paris where the sender was staying.

The second cover originally received the correct commemorative postmark, is noted 'par "Dragon d'Annam"/France-Indochine" manuscript upper left front, while back flap has, in the same hand, "Bon voyage pour les/Aviateurs/Prière conserver enveloppe", with a fourth commemorative strike bottom center and an indistinct roller cancel at top.

Accompanied by contemporary photo post card of Costes (one of the Dragon's pilots) and Rignot, and an official French press release photo of the plane getting ready to leave for Saigon, noted on back in pencil "Depart de Coste pour Saigon" with blue double-circle "AGENCE PHOTOGRAPHIQUE FRANÇAISE/27, Fg Montmartre/PARIS-IXe", Very Fine, simply a magnificent pair of covers with collateral material, all working together to tell a great story.
Nierinck 290219a & 290219b; SFr 650 ($670).
Estimate $400 - 600

The Bréguet 284T left Le Bourget but developed engine troubles shortly after take-off, forcing it to land on the outskirts of Bondy station. The plane was completely destroyed, and its crew of 3, Costes, Codos and Bellone, were lightly injured. Mail was returned to senders with the special violet cachet applied to these two covers.

Current Bid$200
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Lot 954

France, 1929 (Feb. 26), cover from Moulmein (Burma) crash of Istria-Indochina flight, pristine cover from the first airmail flight between France and French Indochina; no cachet regarding crash, but with Saigon Sept. 3 receiver on reverse; accompanied by the letter from Lucien Niel, stamp dealer, to friends in Saigon (Mr. & Mrs. Boy-Landry, wine merchants): "We are taking advantage of the 1st postal connection by air between Marseille and Indo-China to send you our best wishes and warmest regards….", a lovely 3-color franking, Extremely Fine.
Nierinck 290226.
Estimate $150 - 200

Having left Istria on Feb. 19, the Bernard 197GR, piloted by Paillard, Le Brix and Jousse, was forced down in Moulmein (Mawlamyine), Burma, 120 miles outside Rangoon, due to engine trouble. Landing in a swamp, the plane turned over, badly injuring Jousse. Local villagers saved the 30 Kg of mail and the 12 newspapers on board, which was then carried by Le Brix to Phnom Penh by train and onward by plane to Saigon, where it arrived September 3 at 10 a.m.

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Lot 955

France, 1929 (Dec. 14), 3 registered covers from France-Indochina flight lost at Sirte (Tripolitania), one addressed to Saïgon, Cochinchine (from Toulon sur Mer); one to Saïgon, Indo-Chine (from Marseille), and one to Shanghaï via Saïgon (from Paris); all bearing the straightline black "COURRIER ACCIDENTÈ" cachet; each reverse shows the Marseille St. Charles 3-1/30 receiver following recovery, and "Saigon Central/28-1/30/Cochinchine" or bilingual "Shanghai/5 Feb 19 [=1930]" receiver, a pretty grouping, Very Fine.
Nierinck 291214a; SFr 540 ($560).
Estimate $250 - 350

The plane, a Nieuport Delage 641, was caught in a storm and crashed on a sandhill not far from Sirte in today's Libya. The three aviators were killed. Around 30 kg of mail was recovered and returned to Marseille, arriving January 3, 1930, where the cachet was applied.

Current Bid$130
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Lot 956

France, 1932 (Aug. 13), 2 envelopes recovered at Beirut from Air Orient's Marseille-Saigon flight, each carrying the 2-line black "Lettre Parvenue DèterIorée/Suite Accident Courrier Avion" handstamp (with inverted "i" in "Courrier" and other misspellings), both Very Fine.
Nierinck 320813a; SFr 340 ($350).
Estimate $150 - 200

The seaplane "Liban", a CAMS 53, capsized on wrecking in Beirut harbor. Mail was recovered and forwarded without delay by another plane and arrived in Saigon on August 19.

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Lot 957

France, 1936 (Oct. 26), Paris-Saigon air race cover, interrupted at Karachi (Pakistan), "special mail" cover with violet black "Voyage interrompu/le 26-10-1936 à Karachi" handstamp; signed by two of the aviators (Arnoux, Jappy & Micheletti); note in pencil on front "Rare sans le cachet violet-R.F.R." - referring to the triangular "Cours Aérienne Paris Saigon" cachet normally found on the commemorative covers, Very Fine, The plane, "Goéland", had to interrupt its flight at Karachi due to an accident. 278 special covers, as well as ordinary mail, was flown.
Nierinck 361026a; SFr 220 ($230).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 958

France, 1938 (Feb. 9), Air France Marseille-Tunis cover, recovered at Marseille, 2-color franking from Pecquencourt, France, to Sousse, Tunisia, with 3-line "Accident d'Avion/Correspondances recueillies en Mer/NE PAS TAXER" black cachet on front; Sousse 11-2 38 receiver on reverse; accompanied by Air Mail News article by Ian Nutley, Very Fine.
Nierinck 380209a; SFr 160 ($170).
Estimate $100 - 150

Taking off from Marseilles in thick fog, the "Ville de Bône" was blown off course by a strong cross wind and crashed into a breakwater. The plane caught fire and sank, with recovered mail sent to Marseille where the special cachet was applied.

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Lot 959

France, 1942 (July 2), France-Senegal flight cover salvaged at Port Etienne (Senegal), sent registered from Lyon to Conakry, French Guinea; heavily burned and chipped along top edge, sealed with Postes & Téléphones tape (not noted or illustrated in Nierinck), with 3-line manuscript notation on reverse "lettre brulée par suite de/l'accident de l'avion postal/à Port Etienne" in black, along with Dakar 3 July and Conakry 14 July receivers, Very Fine.
Nierinck 420702b; SFr 250 ($260).
Estimate $150 - 200

The plane, a Lockheed 18, was forced to land shortly after take-off. It was completely destroyed, but a part of the mail was recovered and forwarded by a relief plane.

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Lot 960

France, 1946 (Feb. 5), Air France Marseille-Algiers, recovered at St. Louis de Mahon (Spain), cover addressed to Madagascar with black boxed 2-line "AVION/ACCIDENTE" cachet; reverse shows Fianarantsoa, Madagascar, 10 Oct receiver and Madagascar slogan roller cancel at top; reduced at left, otherwise Very Fine.
Nierinck 460205b; SFr 200 ($210).
Estimate $150 - 200

Engine trouble forced the Dewoitine 338 down at Minorca in the Balearic Islands. Mail was held by Spanish authorities until the end of September. This handstamp, one of many found on these "liberated" covers, was used only on pieces destined for Madagascar.

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Lot 961

France, 1947 (Mar. 14), cover from Air France Dakota Nice-Paris flight lost at Vercors, cover with light water damage to lower left, sporting the newsprint-like label applied to all recovered mail from the flight, this being the "DAKOTA" variety; also included is a second envelope, without label, that was mailed at the same time and may have come from the same flight, Very Fine.
Nierinck 470314b; SFr 800 ($830).
Estimate $400 - 600

The airplane crashed in the early afternoon on the Grande Moucherolle massif, near Château Bernard, killing all aboard. The mail was recovered a month later (April 13, per the label) and forwarded with the explanatory note attached.

Current Bid$200
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Lot 962

France, 1949 (Nov. 29), Air France Paris-Tunis cover, charred and chipped sent from Chateauroux to Bizerte, Tunisia, still containing its equally charred contents; back carries a boxed handstamp in violet "34e Bataillon du Genie/COURRIER/Arrivée Le [3-12-49 in manuscript]/No [7603 manuscript]/Départ [without dates]"; 2-line violet cachet "Accident d'avion/PARIS TUNIS de 29 Nov 49" on front of PTT Service Cover used to forward the original envelope (no markings on reverse), Very Fine.
Nierinck 491129a; SFr 400 ($410).
Estimate $200 - 300

This was a special flight from Paris to Tunis. Fog prevented the pilot from finding his way to land at Lyon airport, and he crashed at Saint-Just-Chaleyssin, with the plane catching fire. Part of the mail was recovered in the wreckage.

Current Bid$100
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Lot 963

France, 1969 (May 28), Postal Night Flight Paris-Bordeaux, 3 covers salvaged at Orly Airport, one dirty but near sound and without marking, one with right edge burned away and 2-line black "COURRIER ACCIDENTÉ/en COURS de TRANSPORT" cachet (Type b) on reverse, and one PTT Service Cover with 2-line red "CORRESPONDANCE ACCIDENTÉE/EN COURS DE TRANSPORT", Very Fine group.
Nierinck 690528b-c; SFr 240 ($250).
Estimate $100 - 150

Taking off from Orly airport for the postal night flight Paris-Poitiers-Bordeaux-Toulouse-Pau, the DC 4 caught fire. The 3 crew members were unhurt, but a large part of the mail aboard was destroyed.

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Lot 964

French Colonies: Algeria, 1933 (Jan. 11), recovered from CGA's Algiers-Paris flight at Agha (Algeria), cover addressed to Bressuire, France, with 3-line black "Accident d'Avion/Correspondances recueillies en Mer/NE PAS TAXER" handstamp on front; despite the notice, the cover still received a due "T" marking (though no additional postage was collected), Very Fine.
Nierinck 330111a; SFr 230 ($240).
Estimate $150 - 200

Carried aboard a seaplane that hit a wall of water on rough seas, the mail was loaded on a boat leaving for France later the same morning.

Current Bid$80
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Lot 965

French Colonies: Algeria, 1942 (Sept. 27), Air France Algeria-Senegal flight cover fragment with Service envelope (Ameur El Ain, Algeria, crash), burnt cover fragment with 4-line manuscript notation, "trouvé dans le wagon postal/détruit par incendie/survenu à Taourirt le/1e octobre 1942.", enclosed in Moroccan PTT Service envelope postmarked Dujda, Morocco, 5 October 1942, with violet "Courrier Accidente/Le _________" handstamp at lower left and faint second handstamp (illegible) at right; accompanied by contemporary newspaper articles and photo of the crash, Very Fine.
Nierinck 420927b var; SFr 300 ($310).
Estimate $150 - 200

After take-off from Algiers for Dakar, the Dewoitine D 342 caught fire and crashed near Ameur El Ain, near Blida. A small part of the mail was recovered and returned to Algiers. All recovered mail bears a handwritten note; the inscription here is much fuller than either noted and imaged in Nierinck.

Current Bid$150
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Lot 966

French Colonies: French Morocco, 1927 (Mar. 20), cover from crash at Rabat on C.G.E.A. Oran-Casablanca route, demi-letter envelope (a mourning cover, ironically) heavily burned and wrapped in cellophane; address is completely visible; forwarding envelope (Service Cover No. 819) with Rabat 21-3 c.d.s. and 2-line "Avion d'ORAN/du 20 Mars 1927 BRULE" handstamp on front, Very Fine.
Nierinck 270320; SFr 600 ($620).
Estimate $300 - 400

The Bréguet 14 on which this cover was carried crashed not far from Rabat. A part of the mail was recovered and forwarded under service cover. This mourning cover was addressed to Mme Chiville, an artist in Paris; in Paris it was forwarded to Besançon, where Mme was then playing.

Current Bid$300
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Lot 967

French Colonies: French Morocco, 1928 (Oct. 4), recovered cover from Girona (Spain), from C.G.A. Casablanca-Toulouse flight, addressed to "Magasins 'Aux Galeries LaFayette'" in Paris; wrapped in cellophane; bottom edge singed with burns running up both left and right sides; 2-line handstamp cachet in black reading "ENVELOPPE DÉTÉRIORÉE/ACCIDENT D'AVION", Very Fine.
Nierinck 281004a; SFr 320 ($330).
Estimate $150 - 200

Shortly after departing Barcelona in the afternoon, the Bréguet 14 crashed in flames on a mountain, killing the pilot and two passengers. Part of the recovered mail was forwarded with this black cachet.

Current Bid$150
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Lot 968

French Colonies: French Morocco, 1928 (Dec. 15), recovered from C.G.A. Casablanca-Toulouse flight crash at Malgrat, Spain, lightly browned along right edge, otherwise in remarkable shape; 4-line black handstamp on front (incomplete due to loss of stamp): "CORRESPONDANCE AVION/[retardé] et déteriorée/[par suit]e de l'accident aérien/[survenu] le 15 DEC 1929" with rubber-stamped date, Very Fine.
Nierinck 281215a; SFr 250 ($260).
Estimate $150 - 200

The Laté 25 was forced to land at Malgrat da Mar, near Barcelona, due to fog and poor visibility. The landing went badly, as the plane's fuel tanks burst and were losing fuel. Locals were helping, and it is thought that a smoker may have started the fire. Of the 130 Kg of mail carried, 30 Kg were destroyed; recovered mail carries either this handstamp or a typed note on a label.

Current Bid$80
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Lot 969

French Colonies: French Morocco, 1933 (May 9), CGA Casablanca-Toulouse line cover from Viladrau (Spain), badly burned remnants of cover, with 4-line "CORRESPONDANCE AVION/retardée et déterio[r]ée/par suite de l'accident aérien/survenu le ________" handstamp with "9 MAI 1933" date-stamped, Very Fine.
Nierinck 330509a; SFr 220 ($230).
Estimate $150 - 200

Shortly after take-off, the radio operator signaled that the plane was climbing above the clouds for better visibility and requested a weather forecast; this was the last contact from the plane. Soon thereafter, the plane struck a house in the village of Viladrau (altitude 1700 m), near Villa Grande. It seems probably that someone smoking started the fire.

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Lot 970

French Colonies: French Morocco, 1938 (Mar. 23), 2 covers from Cinq Croix crash of Air France Ville de Toulouse Morocco-France flight, 1 sent registered from Senegal, the other regular air from the Ivory Coast; both bearing the violet "CORRESPONDANCE AVION/retardée et déteriorée/par suite de l'accident aérien/survenu le 23 MARS 1938" cachet, with the Senegal cover's cachet tending more to the black; backstamps on each unclear, Very Fine.
Nierinck 380323a; SFr 360 ($370).
Estimate $150 - 200

The mail plane struck Cinq Croix mountain, turning over and plunging down a ravine. A search party arrived the following day and found the 7 aboard dead. The recovered mail consisted of 11 sacks: 4 intact, 7 broken open.

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Lot 971

French Colonies: Indochina, 1931 (June 7), recovered at Akyab (Burma), from Air Orient Saigon-Marseille flight, pretty cover from Saigon to Périgneux, with 2-line black "COURRIER ACCIDENTÉ/LE 7 JUIN 1931" handstamp applied on arrival in Paris; flap sealed with PT tape on reverse, with 3 "Marseille-Gare-Avion/2-7/31" c.d.s.'s, Very Fine.
Nierinck 310607a; SFr 180 ($190).
Estimate $100 - 150

The Fokker VII went down in the Sandoway River at Akyab on June 7, with the mail recovered several days later and forwarded to France, where it was repaired by the postal authorities after its time in the water.

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Lot 972

French Colonies: Indochina, 1933 (Mar. 28), Air Orient Indochina-Marseille flight, recovered at Crotone (Italy), pretty picture post card addressed to Belgium with black boxed "Saigon-Marseille" and straightline "COURRIER ACCIDENTÈ" handstamps on reverse, Very Fine.
Nierinck 330328; SFr 1,500 ($1,550).
Estimate $750 - 1,000

The Lioré Olivier 242 seaplane broke its moorings at Crotone in Calabria during a storm and was stranded on the beach, soaking the mail. Only after the plane was refloated did Italian authorities dry out the mail, which was delivered to Marseille by the relief plane F-AJLJ.

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Lot 973

French Colonies: Indochina, 1933 (Apr. 23), recovered from Air Orient Saigon-Marseille flight at Saracena (Italy), upper right and lower left corners damaged, reduced at right, with "Marseille-Gare-Avion/Bches du Rhone/2 V/1933" and "Paris VIII/Distribution/3 VI/1933" receivers on reverse; accompanied by copies of report of the incident and photos of the crash and the pilot, Very Fine.
Nierinck 330423; SFr 290 ($300).
Estimate $150 - 200

Piloted by André Corouge, the seaplane hit a snow storm over Castrovillari, where an air pocket caused it to lose 1000 m in altitude. The plane struck the only tree on top of a mountain, with wreckage recovered near Saracena (140 km from Cosenza). Mail was found around the wreckage and partly recovered; no special markings for the crash, but postmarked Marseille.

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Lot 974

French Colonies: Madagascar, 1929 (Dec. 7), recovered at Juan de Nova, west of Madagascar, on first Madagascar-France return flight, a very pretty franking with Malagasy Registry and bright red "Par Avion" labels, with 4-line "Première Liaison Postale/Aérienne/MADAGASCAR-FRANCE/4 Décembre 1929" handstamp on front; Aubervilliers Seine receiver on reverse dated 10 January 1930, Very Fine.
Nierinck 291207.
Estimate $150 - 200

This first return mail flight left Tananarive on December 7, but was forced to land shortly thereafter on the island of Juan de Nova, possibly because of engine trouble. The mail (523 letters and a few parcels) was unloaded and taken by ship to France, arriving at Paris on January 10, 1930.

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Lot 975

French Colonies: Madagascar, 1930 (Jan. 13), letter recovered at Dibaya (Belgian Congo), from Madagascar-France flight, right and bottom edges lightly nibbled, small section missing at upper left corner; addressed to Morocco, with reverse showing violet 4-line cachet in capital letters "RAID/MADAGASCAR FRANCE/ACCIDENT DU/13 JANVIER 1930" and Casablanca receiver dated 21 June 30, Very Fine.
Nierinck 300113a; SFr 280 ($290).
Estimate $150 - 200

The flight of the Farman 197 originated in Tananarive on January 10, crashing along the Kisaï River in the Belgian Congo on January 13, 15 km from Brazzaville. Belgian officials found the flight on March 13 and struck a violet handstamp (either in all capital letters or with lower-case letters) on the 738 pieces of recovered mail.

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Lot 976

Germany, 1927 (Sept. 23), Death of Baron Ago von Maltzan, German Ambassador to U.S., in Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Munich flight, article and photo from The Detroit News, Friday, September 23, 1927, headlined "GERMAN ENVOY TO U.S. KILLED: Baron and 4 Others Die When Berlin-to-Munich Plane Crashes", along with a clipping "By Cable to Free Press and Chicago Tribune" titled "Baron Von Matzan, German Ambassador to U. S., Is Aviation Victim.", plus a letter datelined Seattle, Wash., May 11th., 1927, signed by Maltzan to Wm. J. Callanan thanking him for his "kind letter of April 27th., 1927"; Detroit News clipping includes two other articles, "Dempsey Lays His Defeat To a 'Slow Count'" and "Capt. Giles in Chicago on New Zealand Flight", remarkably well preserved, Very Fine, lovely collateral material.
Estimate $150 - 200

Von Maltzan, an aviation enthusiast, was killed with 5 others when the Dornier Merkur "Puma" crashed on its Leipzig-Beyreuth leg due to a fault in a wing.

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Lot 977

Germany, 1931 (Sept. 11), recovered at Natal (Brazil), on Condor Hamburg-Porto Alegre flight, missing its stamps (crash at sea), with 3-line violet cachet reading "CORRESPONDENCIA SALVA/DO ACCIDENTE/DO __________" with 'hydroaviaõ "Olinda"' entered in manuscript, Very Fine.
Nierinck 310911a; SFr 530 ($550).
Estimate $250 - 350

The Dornier seaplane Olinda took off for Rio de Janeiro from the Rio Potengy in Natal but struck an unknown floating object, causing an explosion. One postal bag was recovered and sent to Rio immediately without any special marking for the accident; mail recovered later bears one of two special cachets.

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Lot 978

Germany, 1934 (May 3), recovered from Condor Tapajoz flight, Natal to Rio de Janeiro, in Rio, a registered printed matter cover to Brazil posted in Stockholm, Sweden, 25.4.34, with front showing black oval Berlin-Sassnitz Bahnpost cancel and red "Deutsche Luftpost/Europa-Sudamerika" Zeppelin/Airplane circular cachet (tying one of the stamps), along with 2-line purple "correspondencia salva/do accidente/do _________" handstamp with "Tapajoz" added in manuscript, Very Fine.
Nierinck 340503a; SFr 400 ($410).
Estimate $200 - 300

Having safely landed at Guanabara Bay, the Junkers W-34 inexplicably capsized and sank as it taxied to its mooring at Caju. The mail onboard was recovered, but most of it was illegible as a result of being submerged.

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Lot 979

Germany, 1937 (Mar. 12), cover from Lufthansa's Rostock Germany-South America flight, recovered at Bathurst (Gambia), cover, without adhesives, mailed to Rio, bearing red circular "Deutsche Luftpost/Europa-Sudamerika" Zeppelin & Plane cachet, and a Nierinck-unlisted variety straightline crash cachet in black, "ACCIDENT d'AVIATION" (Nierinck's cachets are either in Spanish or Portuguese, not French); no transits, receivers or other markings on reverse; close wrapped in cellophane (open at the back), Very Fine.
Nierinck 370312 var.
Estimate $200 - 300

Coming from Las Palmas, the plane circled the supply ship "Ostmark" on the Gambia River, then disappeared. The wreck was found in a swamp 3 miles away, with all 4 crew members dead. The entire load of 20 mail bags was recovered. It is reported that this mail was forwarded to South America via Air France plane service.

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Lot 980

Great Britain, 1936 (Sept. 29), Imperial Airways Athena Britain-Singapore cover, from fire at Delhi (India), lightly singed around the edges; handwritten note on reverse not matching Nierinck #360929a; Singapore 3 OC 1936 receiver backstamp; accompanied by newspaper clipping with Delhi, Sept. 29 dateline, "Another British Air Liner Lost By Fire", Very Fine.
Nierinck 360929; SFr 100 ($100).
Estimate $100 - 150

The "Athena" caught fire at Delhi preparing to take off. The plane was completely destroyed, along with a large part of the mail it carried.

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Lot 981

Great Britain, 1938 (Nov. 27), Imperial Airways England-Australia cover from crash at Baghdad (Iraq), sent from Sussex to New Zealand with a cheerful metallic "Merry Xmas" label at upper left; 2-line purple cachet reading "RECEIVED IN DAMAGED CONDITION/EX FLYING BOAT CALPURNIA" above address; accompanied by an undated newspaper clipping, "Explanatory slips accompany mail from Australian crash" by Brian R. Peace of the Oceania Philatelic Society, Very Fine.
Nierinck 381127a; SFr 140 ($140).
Estimate $100 - 150

The "Calpurnia" was wrecked while attempting to land on Lake Ramadi during a severe storm. Most of the mail was salvaged—80 bags—and recuperated by the R.A.F. Mail bears evidence of water damage, with stamps missing in many cases (as here).

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Lot 982

Great Britain, 1939 (May 1), 3 covers from the Lumbo (Mozambique) crash of Imperial Airways "Challenger" flight from England to South Africa, each bearing the 2-line bilingual violet boxed "FLYING BOAT CORRESPONDENCE DAMAGED BY SEAWATER" cachet; one with later manuscript notation on reverse, two with bilingual South African Post Office Seals postmarked Durban May 6 and May 7, each Very Fine.
Nierinck 390501a; SFr 450 ($470).
Estimate $200 - 300

The "Challenger" crashed when it struck a small boat while landing at Mozambique. The mail was recovered and forwarded by the "Canopus", with that destined for Transvaal and Capetown (as here) taken by train at Lourenço Marques.

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Lot 983

Great Britain, 1939 (Aug. 11), Imperial Airways London-Zurich crash, picture post card with Swiss Service envelope, heavily burned picture post card of Trafalgar Square along with the Swiss PTT cover (No. P 4406) used to forward it, both bearing the 2-line red "Angebrannte Postsendung/Flugzeugunfall" cachet; with Air Mail News article on the crash by W. Dudley Edwards, "Fire in the Air", Very Fine.
Nierinck 390811a; SFr 400 ($410).
Estimate $200 - 300

The Lockheed L-14 Super Electra had to make a forced landing at Saint Sauveur near Luxeuil. The pilot landed safely, but the plane caught fire and was destroyed. Only part of the mail was salvaged in damaged condition.

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Lot 984

Hong Kong, 1947 (Aug. 23), BOAC "Portland", Hong Kong-England, salvaged from crash in Bahrain, airmail cover sent "via London" from HSBC in Hong Kong to Chemical Bank &Trust Co. on Broadway, with light violet straightline "BY AIR TO OFFICE OF EXCHANGE ONLY" handstamp; missing stamps due to submersion, but carrying the violet left-, top- and right-bounded 2-line "DAMAGED BY/SEA WATER" cachet, along with a partial, illegible red handstamp at upper right; no markings on reverse, Very Fine.
Nierinck 470823a; SFr 160 ($170).
Estimate $100 - 150

The "Portland" was on the "Dragon Route" from Hong Kong to Great Britain, when it crashed into the sea landing at Bahrain. Mail, coming from various countries of Southeast Asia, was partially saved. A number of cachets were used.

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Lot 985

Hong Kong, 1953 (May 2), BOAC "Comet" Hong Kong-London cover salvaged outside Calcutta, a business-size, meter-cancelled cover sent from the IATA office in Singapore to Aer Lingus headquarters in Dublin; violet boxed "Second class/Air Mail" cachet at left, with "SALVAGED MAIL/"Comet" Crash, Near Galcutta./2nd. MAY 1953" cachet with "Calcutta" misspelt; red Aer Lingus Traffic Registry timed receiver dated 11 May 1953 as well; reverse bears a second Aer Lingus Central Post Section timed receiver in violet also dated 11 May 1953; wrapped in cellophane, Very Fine.
Nierinck 530502b; SFr 180 ($190).
Estimate $100 - 150

Radio contact was lost with the Comet DH 106 six minutes after its departure from Calcutta's Dum Dum airfield. The wreck was recovered 45 km away, at Jangipara, having been caught by a hurricane. All 43 aboard were killed. Mail was taken on another plane after a special cachet had been applied (3 different, per Nierinck).

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Lot 986

Hong Kong, 1966 (Mar. 4), CPA Hong Kong-Canada flight, salvaged at Tokyo, Hong Kong registered meter-cancelled cover from The Chartered Bank, Hong Kong, to the Royal Bank of Canada in Montréal; with Hong Kong Registry label, boxed purple "REGISTERED/AIR MAIL" handstamp and black 2-line "Damaged in Air Crash/At Tokyo 1" cachet on front; back without markings, Very Fine.
Nierinck 660304a; SFr 240 ($250).
Estimate $100 - 150

Thick fog at Tokyo's Haneda airport obscured visibility, and the plane crashed, killing 64 of its 72 passengers and crew.

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Lot 987

India, 1930 (Feb. 4), 2 registered covers from Girier-Weiss Pondicherry-France flight, recovered at Rome, 2 colorfully franked covers (with French India overprints), each with a black boxed "R" and "PAR AVION", bearing the boxed violet "Liaison Aérienne/GIRIER-WEISS/avec l'INDE FRANÇAISE" cachet; one with "Gouvernement Pondichéry" address corner; the other, addressed to a Mr. Guy Spielmann", has a manuscript "Ecriture de Girier" (Girier being one of the pilots) on reverse; "PARIS-GARE-P.L.M.-AVION/10 2/30" receiver on reverse of each, Very Fine.
Nierinck 300204; SFr 680 ($700).
Estimate $300 - 400

The crew left India hoping to reach Paris in a record time, but bad weather forced them to land in Fome, damaging the plane and ending the flight. Mail was forwarded by train. There was no special cachet for the accident, and only some of the letters bear the boxed flight cachet found here.

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Lot 988

India, 1951 (Nov. 21), cover from Deccan Airways Nagpur-Calcutta flight, large envelope heavily damaged by fire; Registry label upper left (Stock Exchange/Bombay) and 2-line violet "SALVAGED NIGHT AIR MAIL/DUM DUM CRASH 21ST NOV '51." cachet, Very Fine.
Nierinck 511121a; SFr 200 ($210).
Estimate $150 - 200

Landing at Calcutta's Dum Dum aerodrome, the plane was forced to fly low due to poor visibility, striking a tree and crashing. Only 1 of the 17 crew and passengers survived.

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Lot 989

Italy, 1948 (Aug. 29), Milan-Basel IMABA cover salvaged at Locarno (Switzerland), multicolor Italian franking with Basel/29.VIII.48-13/IMABA exhibit cancel, red "VOLO POSTALE/MILANO-BASILEA/PER «IMABA»/Aer Macchi B - 308/Agosto 1948" flight cachet and red 2-line "Volo Interrotto/a Locarno" handstamp; reverse shows a second IMABA cancel and sender's address handstamped in purple on flap, Very Fine.
Nierinck 480829a; SFr 160 ($170).
Estimate $100 - 150

This special Milan-Basel flight carried souvenir covers for the Swiss IMABA Exhibition. The flight was interrupted when the plane was forced to land at Locarno.

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Lot 990

Italy, 1956 (Nov. 23), LAI Rome-New York flight, recovered at Orly (France), heavily damaged envelope repaired (contemporaneously, it appears) with multiple pieces of tape, mailed from Genoa to San Francisco; the envelope was damaged enough to warrant French authorities to use a Service Cover, which received the 2-line violet "CORRESPONDANCE ACCIDENTÉE/EN COURS DE TRANSPORT" cachet measuring 61 c 14 mm; both covers enclosed together in cellophane pocket, Very Fine.
Nierinck 561123a; SFr 280 ($290).
Estimate $100 - 150

Unable to gain altitude after take-off, the DC 6B struck some houses 600 meters from the airfield, crashed and caught fire. 34 were killed. Part of the mail was recovered and a cachet applied.

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Lot 991

Italy, 1960 (Feb. 26), Alitalia Rome-New York flight, recovered at Shannon (Ireland), long airmail cover sent from Milan to New York City, with 3-line black cachet "SALVAGED FROM/PLANE CRASH AT/SHANNON AIRPORT"; back unmarked, Very Fine.
Nierinck 600226a; SFr 260 ($270).
Estimate $150 - 200

The DC 7C crashed into a cemetery shortly after take-off due to a lack of power. Of the 42 aboard, 27 survived. Part of the mail was recovered in bad condition and a cachet applied. This, then, is the primo cover of this accident, as it is only slightly wrinkled at top right with a half-inch tear and small nick on left margin.

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Lot 992

Netherlands, 1928 (Oct. 3), recovered at Cawnpore (India) from K.L.M. Netherlands to Netherlands Indies flight, near pristine, franked with two ½a India King Edward VII and addressed to Rangoon, Burma; boxed violet "3RD PLANE CRASHED AT COWNPORE/CARRIED BY:-/4TH OFFICIAL MAIL PLANE/H ---N. A. O. F." handstamp; reverse shows repeated handstamp, along with "Rangoon G.P.O./16 Oct/1928/8-Hrs/Delivery" receiver lower left, purple "BCM/F…" (unclear) straightline upper right, and "Guaranteed by/Stephen A. Smitt" handstamp lower right, a lovely cover, Very Fine.
Nierinck 281003b; SFr 250 ($260).
Estimate $150 - 200

K.L.M.'s third official mail flight to the East Indies was going swimmingly, until the plane touched down at Cownpore, India, where it struck a bale of hay that had not been moved from the end of the airstrip. The plane's undercarriage was damaged, and the mail (196 Kg; 14,893 pieces) was forwarded to Batavia.

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Lot 993

Netherlands, 1934 (Dec. 20), 2 covers salvaged at Rutbah Wells (Iraq) from KLM Netherlands-Netherlands Indies Uiver flight, 2 covers bearing the faint red "Amsterdam_/Batavia/De Uiver/19 december 1934" flight cachet (both largely washed away when mail was submerged), plus label from Bandoeng PTT office (Nierinck #341220f); additional material includes the original enclosure, the Service Cover used to return one of the damaged pieces of mail, plus a photo of the pilot and crew (appears contemporaneous), a photo post card of a KLM DC-2, and an article on the flight's legacy for postal historians, covers are enclosed in cellophane, Very Fine.
Nierinck 341220 & 341220f; SFr 360 ($370).
Estimate $150 - 200

Having left on its Cairo-Baghdad leg, the "Uiver" hit bad weather that turned into a storm over the Syrian desert. The pilot tried to land on a runway at Rutbah Wells, but crashed 16 km away. Everyone on board was killed. Of the 350 kg of mail carried, 208 kg were recovered and forwarded on the "Rijstvogel."
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Lot 994

Netherlands, 1952 (Mar. 23), KLM "Venlo" Netherlands-Australia flight, cover salvaged at Bangkok, a business-size airmail envelope meter cancelled 50¢ New York, NY, addressed to Djakarta, Indonesia; reverse bears violet boxed "DITERIMA DALAM/KEADAAN BEGINI" cachet, Very Fine.
Nierinck 520323a; SFr 280 ($290).
Estimate $150 - 200

A large part of the mail was destroyed when, 8 km from Bangkok airport, a blade from propeller 3 snapped and fire broke out on board.

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Lot 995

Netherlands, 1954 (Sept. 5), KLM Amsterdam-New York flight cover from crash at Shannon (Ireland), sent from Amsterdam to Rutland, Vermont; front bears black straightline "SALVAGED FROM K.L.M. CRASH AT SHANNON." cachet applied by An Post; back shows strip of blank P.O. paper tape used to reseal the flap, Very Fine.
Nierinck 540905a; SFr 190 ($200).
Estimate $100 - 150

Within 1-2 minutes of leaving Shannon airport, the tail of the plane touched the water. Crashing in the mud, 25 were killed. 20 of the 26 postal bags were recovered.

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Lot 996

Netherlands East Indies, 1931 (Dec. 6), recovered at Bangkok from KLM Netherlands Indies-Netherlands Ooievaar flight, two covers, actually; the first marked by the black straightline cachet found on mail for 's Gravenhage; the second (with flap open and missing 2 of 3 stamps) was forwarded without any markings of the crash; on exhibit pages, with a (non-contemporary) 4¾ x 5-3/8 inch picture of the correct Fokker model (though not the Ooievaar itself, whose call letters differed), both Very Fine.
Nierinck 311206 & 311206a; SFr 260+ ($270).
Estimate $150 - 200

The Ooievaar was unable to gain altitude at take-off from Dong Muang Airport (20 km from Bangkok), and its undercarriage struck a wall and was completely wrecked in the ensuing crash. The plane may have been overloaded with mail. Of the 209 kg of mail on board, 183 kg were recovered and carried by the Valk, arriving in Amsterdam on Dec. 21. The vast majority of the recovered mail was forwarded without special markings.

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Lot 997

Netherlands East Indies, 1932 (Oct. 1), cover from KLM Ibis Netherlands Indies to Netherlands flight forwarded from Khao Lak (Thailand), multicolor franking cancelled Soerabaia 28.9.32; no special cachet, but back flap is sealed with small blue "Hooger/Reisgenot/Vliegt per K.N.I.L.M." label; backstamps incomplete; accompanied by photo (non-contemporary) of what appears to be the Ibis, Very Fine.
Nierinck 321001.
Estimate $150 - 200

The plane developed mechanical trouble on its return flight to the Netherlands and landed at Khao Lak. Mail was taken aboard the "Duif" and arrived at Amsterday on November 27.

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Lot 998

Netherlands East Indies, 1935 (July 17), cover from KLM "Maraboe" flight from Netherlands Indies to Netherlands, crashed at Bushire (Iran), original cover damaged right and top margins, with burns and loss along left; Service Cover with 3-line typed message postmarked 's Gravenhage 1 VIII 1935; accompanied by non-contemporaneous photo of a DC-2, Very Fine.
Nierinck 350717d; SFr 260 ($270).
Estimate $150 - 200

Hitting an uneven part of the runway at Bushire, a fuel pipe caught fire, completely destroying the plane. Of the 180 kg of mail carried, only 23 kg were recovered and taken on the "Rietvink".

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Lot 999

Netherlands East Indies, 1949 (June 23), Official Mail cover from KLM Jakarta-Amsterdam flight lost at Bari (Italy), addressed from Batavia to the Ministry of Overseas Departments (Bureau of Monetary Administration) in 's Gravenhage, marked with "DIENST/vrij van port" handstamp at upper left, "DIENST ALGEMENE PERSONELE ZAKEN" upper right and "D.A.P.Z./Batavia/Exp." lower left; no markings on reverse; housed in cellophane wrapper, Very Fine.
Nierinck 490623.
Estimate $200 - 300

Steering problems caused the flight to turn over twice and crash into the sea 1.5 km off the coast from Bari. It was originally believed there was no mail on the plane, but some (including this Official) was found 2 weeks later and forwarded.

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Lot 1000

New Zealand, 1939 (June 12), 2 envelopes recovered from Imperial Airways "Centurion" crash at Calcutta (India) on New Zealand-to-England route, each presenting a variety of the red 2-line cachet applied to recovered mail; the first reading "SALVAGED MAIL/EX. CENTURION" with E under A, the second "SALVAGED MAIL/EX. CENTURIA"; accompanied by Dudley Edwards' Air Mail News article, "The Centurion Crash", each Very Fine; "Centurion" cover pristine, "Centuria" open top, left and bottom.
Nierinck 390612b & 390612c; SFr 300 ($310).
Estimate $150 - 200

Having left Sydney, the "Centurion" met with an accident and sank during landing on the Hooghly River near Calcutta. Crew and passengers were rescued, as were 40 bags of mail.

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Lot 1001

Peru, 1937 (Sept. 15), letter recovered from Faucett plane crash on Cuzco-Lima route at Chilca, original cover in very dirty condition (as nearly always) bearing striking blue "Servicio Aereo" straightline, plus Peruvian Service Cover used to forward the mail, with violet 2-line "Recuperada del accidente del/avion FAUCETT-15.9.937" [sic] cachet; reverse of Service envelope bears 2 Lima 18 SEP 37 backstamps, a 23 SEP (illegible) dater, plus a double-circle violet "Correos del Peru/Oficina/Servicio Aereo" handstamp, Very Fine.
Nierinck 370915A; SFr 350+ ($360).
Estimate $250 - 350

The plane "met with an accident," in Nierinck's words, flying from Cuzco to Lima.

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Lot 1002

Philippines, 1954 (Jan. 14), Philippine Airlines Manila-London cover salvaged at Rome, singed to a half-circle on left, long airmail cover posted from Tokyo to London, bearing 3 Nierinck-listed cachets on front: black "Corrispondenza recuperata in seguito/incidente aereo del 14 GEN 1954" applied in Italy (Type a), black 2-line "DAMAGED IN/PAL-AIRCRAFT CRASH" applied in London (Type f) and 2-line "DAMAGED IN P.A.L. AIRCRAFT CRASH" on mail for Britain, but in blue rather than the Nierinck-listed black (Type i var); reverse free of markings, Very Fine.
Nierinck 540114a, 540114f & 540114i var; SFr 560+ ($580).
Estimate $300 - 400

After leaving Beirut, the "Cloud Master", a DC 6, arrived near Rome where it had to land, as its 2 right-side engines were burning, making it impossible to reach Ciampino airport. Attempting a forced landing, it exploded 20 meters above the ground. 18 died; part of the mail was recovered.

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Lot 1003

Singapore, 1954 (Jan. 10), BOAC Singapore-London Comet flight, cover salvaged at Elba (Italy), long envelope slogan meter cancelled in Singapore 8 Jan 54, addressed to Benson (Oxon.), England; front carries 2 strikes of the red 2-line "Damaged by seawater/Comet Mail" cachet with wide space between "by" and "seawater"; back shows British P.O. paper tape sealing flap and 3 strikes of London receiver, Very Fine.
Nierinck 540110a; SFr 160 ($170).
Estimate $100 - 150

The plane crashed at Elba shortly after taking off from Rome, killing all aboard. Postal bags were recovered the next day and taken to Genoa by the steamer "Persia".

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Lot 1004

South Africa, 1931 (Nov. 13), Union Airways Port Elisabeth-Capetown flight cover salvaged at Sir Lowry's Pass, original letter posted in Durban on November 12, Official "In Diens Van Sy Majesteit/On His Majesty's Service" envelope cancelled Capetown Nov. 19, with typed and signed letter from The Department of Posts & Telegraphs of the Union of South Africa, Very Fine.
Nierinck 311113a; SFr 800 ($830).
Estimate $400 - 600

The Springbok, a DH80 Puss Moth, hit a storm and crashed on a mountainside 30 km from Capetown. Some of the mail was recovered and forwarded under Service cover with a typewritten letter (as here); about 600 pieces of mail were salvaged.

Current Bid$200
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Lot 1005

Sweden, 1944 (Aug. 29), BOAC Sweden-England flight, cover salvaged at Kinnekulle (Sweden), with Stockholm 25.8.44 c.d.s., addressed to New York City with manuscript "Via England" added; bears purple boxed 3-line "Damaged through an air-/plane accident in course/of conveyance." cachet on front; "EXAMINED BY/5297" Censor tape seals left side, while back shows clear "Stockholm 1/1-9-447/AVG UTR A" c.d.s. strike, Very Fine.
Nierinck 440829b; SFr 380 ($390).
Estimate $200 - 300

Due to wartime conditions, the BOAC flight avoided the more direct route over the Skagerrak (the strait of water to the west of Sweden between Norway and Denmark's Jutland Peninsula), flying instead over central Sweden, where it crashed on Kinnekulle Mountain in Västergötland. Recovered mail was forwarded, with a number of special marks.

Current Bid$100
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Lot 1006

Worldwide, 1927-83, crash covers, from a forced landing at Rutbah Wells, Iraq, on the last day of 1927, to a 1983 balloon crash at Clare Oval, South Australia, this lot offers a quick overview of what can go wrong in the sky; note a Dec. 1928 crash of the first Pan-American Airways flight from Costa Rica northbound, where the pilot failed to clear a palm tree; a Jan. 1931 crash at sea; a 1932 cover that survived two crashes; delays due to weather; salvaged mail, and mail "received in damaged condition", Very Fine overall, great variety from around the globe.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$130
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Lot 1007

Worldwide, 1941-45, WWII era crash covers, 9 covers, includes 1944 Kansas City MO to APO listed in Eisendrath p. 170, 1944 Nov 15 cover from Hawaii to mainland, with "Damaged in Transit", 1942 from Indonesia to Lagos, crashed at sea, 1942 cover from Griffin GA to APO 871, 1944 Vancouver to England with "Salvaged From/Air Crash", 1944 APO 526 to New York with crash label, 1945 from Lebanon to New York, censored, and 1945 Texas to New York with"Damaged in Plane Crash", Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$250
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