South Africa 1941 SAAF Malakal Crash Cover, 6 Survive

  • Somewhat charred censored Active Service Air Letter form franked SA large wars 4d & pair Groote Schuur 3d's all tied Egypt 78 cds 5 NO 41.
  • Addressed to Natal and, ultimately being undeliverable,
  • accompanied by the OHMS "ambulance" envelope, APO 2 cds 16 XI 41, in which it was returned to APO 30 (Cairo) on 17 I 42.
  • Also with Army Postal Service notice advising "The accompanying letter was unfortunately partially destroyed by fire after the mail had been handed over by this Service for conveyance to its destination. PJ Pyper. LtCol. Army Postal Service, HQ, EA Command. 15 Nov '41"
  • A superb example of this very rare crash mail of which there are only six recorded surviving items,
  • of which only three have the accompanying Postal Notice.
  • A crash mail showpiece.
  • Ex Jeidel & Polakow.
  • On 12th November 1941, an SAAF Lodestar piloted by Eric Carrol and carrying mail for the Union crashed at Malakal. Salvaged mail was dealt with at the Base PO, Nairobi, from whence identifiable mail was forwarded. Anecdotally Major General F H Theron recovered a mail bag from the flaming aircraft and this was sent on to Nairobi. Only 6 items could be sufficiently identified for delivery.

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