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Lot No. 749

Auction No. 30
Category Airmails - Australia
Est. $5000
Status SOLD $5500



1919 (12th Nov) England to Australia cover flown by Ross & Keith Smith, Jim Bennett & Wally Shiers on their winning flight with the vignette tied by one of the two strikes of the oval cachet appearing on the front. Endorsed at top right with O.A.S (On Active Service). Addressed to Mrs H. McDowell, "Campsie" Whitehouse Road, Canterbury, Vic Australia" & endorsed bottom left by her son, Sapper Gordon Maxwell McDowell, an Australian wireless operator at Basra, a landing point on the flight. This was one of the 26 letters collected en route from Australian serviceman on active service in the Middle east after WWI supporting British military forces in the area following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Reverse signed by JM Bennett, Darwin 12.12.19. The cover is accompanied by background research including photos of McDowell & pictures of his Casualty Form & Service Record. Listed in "The Ross Smith Stamp & It's Postal History Reference Guide" by Tom Frommer as No.212. A magnificent cover. AAMC 27, Cat. from $5250


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