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Lot No. 1432

Auction No. 27
Category Crash Mail
    Airmails
Est. $180
Status Auction Pending

 

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1935 (31st Dec) England to Australia. Carried on Imperial Airways flight IE405 "City of Khartoum" when, only two kilometres from Alexandria harbour, experienced a total engine failure for lack of fuel. It plunged into the sea killing the nine passengers & three crew. Much of the mail badly damaged with nearly all stamps soaked off. This example also has the stamps missing but the Denton Manchester 21 DEC 35 slogan is still evident on this "Oldham & Son Ltd, Electrical & Mechanical Engineers & Storage Battery makers Denton, Manchester England" company env. Includes the Deputy Director of Posts & Telegraphs original letter dated 17th Jan 1936 plus the covering OHMS "Re-Enclosed Letter" envelope with "Commonwealth of Australia Postmaster General's Department Dead Letter Office, Sydney, NSW" address & notes with Sydney 22 18 JA 36 cds. An attractive trio rarely seen together. AAMC 575, Cat. $325+