GB 1936 SG444,449 Cover - Athena crash cover

Stock Code: P201014037

1936 Crash and wreck mail. Interesting General Electric Company cover to Sydney prepaid by a 1s bistre and 3d violet (perfined GEC/TW), both tied by a Coventry/Warwickshire machine cancel for SP.22.1936. Sent via Imperial Airways from Croydon aboard the HP42 'Heracles', at Karachi the mails were transferred to AW XV Athena. She departed on the 28th and after an overnight stop at Jodpur she arrived at Delhi the following day. However, whilst refueling the engine were started prematurely and she was totally destroyed by fire. The surviving mails continued their journey on AW AX Arethusa to Singapore, DH86 Adelaide to Charleville, Butler Air Transport Co. aircraft to Cootamundra, then finally by train to Sydney. The cover shows the 'Salvaged from the Air Liner/Athena' cachet as used only on the Australian mails. Usual soiling and faults as to be expected with such items, offered complete with the original Sydney General Post Office slip explaining how the letter was damaged. Scarce.


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