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Displaying 1 - 20 of 46 Lots in Category - Airmail Covers - Flying Boats




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Lot

Type

Quality

Description

Estimate

Realised




2362

CL

B

INDIAN OCEAN SURVEY FLIGHT PER 'GUBA II': 1938 (May 24) Archbold Expedition cover from New York to Hollandia overprinted to commemorate that flight & the 1939 return via Australia, the Indian Ocean & Africa, with Dutch Indies 10c tied by 'HOLLANDIA/10.5.39' cds, Australian 5d Ram tied by 'ROSE BAY EAST/3JE39/NSW-AUST' cds, superb 'C&W LTD/12JUN39/COCOS' b/s & uncancelled Seychelles 6c, autographs of "Richard Archbold", "Russell R Rogers Pilot" & three other crew members, a bit stained on the reverse.

The Australian Government contracted the flying boat 'Guba II' to undertake a survey flight from Australia across the Indian Ocean to Africa to assess the feasability of such a route in the event of disruption to the London-Singapore- Sydney route. After having spent a year flying in and around New Guinea, 'Guba' left Port Moresby 12.5.1939 for Sydney & Melbourne for an overhaul of the plane's systems. On 3.6.1939 it flew non-stop Sydney-Port Hedland (WA), then on towards Cocos & beyond.

1000.00

$1,250.00T






2363

CL

B

INDIAN OCEAN SURVEY FLIGHT PER 'GUBA II': 1939 (May 12) Archbold Expedition cover from Papua to New York via Australia, the Indian Ocean & Africa, with Papua 1/- Air tied by Port Moresby cds, Australian 5d Ram tied by 'ROSE BAY EAST/3JE39/NSW-AUST' cds, 'C&W LTD/12JUN39/COCOS' b/s, Seychelles 2c x3 tied by VICTORIA/JU17/39/SEYCHELLES' cds, KUT 15c tied by 'KISUMU/23JU/39/KENYA' cds, Belgian Congo 50c tied by 'COLQUIHATVILLE/24-6-39' cds & USA 2c tied by New York arrival cancel of AUG4/1939, faint blemishes & small closed tear at top clear of the stamps. [Kim Dwyer's similar cover - with the Cocos cds on the face - sold for $2300]

1500.00

$1,150.00T






2364

CL

B

INDIAN OCEAN SURVEY FLIGHT PER 'GUBA II': 1939 unaddressed Archbold Expedition cover with map of the Trans-Indian Ocean Flight & small photograph of the crew affixed, with Australian 1d tied by 'PORT HEDLAND/4JE39/WA' cds, Dutch Indies 5c tied by 'BATAVIA/6.6.39' cds, superb 'C&W LTD/8JUN39/COCOS' b/s & John Clunies-Ross' monogram on the face, initialled at Chagos (no post office), Seychelles 6c & 'VICTORIA/JU18/39/SEYCHELLES' cds & KUT 15c tied by 'MOMBASA/23JU39/ KENYA' cds, light even soiling. Only 6 such covers have been recorded. [Kim Dwyer's similar cover sold for $1322]

1000.00

$1,000.00T






2365

C

B

INDIAN OCEAN SURVEY FLIGHT PER 'GUBA II': 1939 unstamped advertising cover for Soper Bros Estate Agents (Katoomba NSW) to a family member on Cocos endorsed "Per Guba" & with superb 'CABLE AND WIRELESS LIMITED/COCOS/("7")JUN1939/BRANCH/...' cachet on the reverse, roughly opened with damage to the flap, subsequently endorsed "This envelope was carried from Port Hedland to Cocos Island on the flying-boat Guba...It was handed to me, on arrival at Cocos Island by captain PG Taylor on the 7th June 1939/CH Soper/Manager Cable and Wireless Ltd/Cocos Island", the flap with the cachet opened-out for display. [An important item, being the only non-philatelic cover to Cocos carried on this flight]

1000.00

$5,250.00T






2366

C

B

INDIAN OCEAN SURVEY FLIGHT PER 'GUBA II': 1939 cover to New York with appropriate stamps & postmarks of Australia, Seychelles (obscuring a superb strike of the 'C&W LTD/COCOS' cds), KUT, Belgian Congo & the USA, minor soiling.

850.00

$850.00T






2367

C

A-

INDIAN OCEAN SURVEY FLIGHT PER 'GUBA II': 1939 (June 3) Sydney-KUT-Sydney boomerang cover with superb 'C&W LTD/12JUN39/COCOS' cds on the reverse, registered for the return flight per Imperial Airways with KUT 50c tied by 'KISUMU/23JU/39/KENYA' cds, Sydney arrival b/s of 6JY39, minor stains on the reverse. [Kim Dwyer's long registered cover sold for $1092]

1000.00

$750.00T






2368

C

B

INDIAN OCEAN SURVEY FLIGHT PER 'GUBA II': 1939 cover with Seychelles 12c tied by 'VICTORIA/ JU17/39/SEYCHELLES' cds & KUT 20c tied by 'KISUMU/ 23JU/39/KENYA' cds, most unusually to India with 'AHMEDABAD CANTONMENT/28JUN39' arrival b/s, minor spotting on the reverse. [The only way to account for five days delivery to India is that the cover connected with Imperial Airways to Egypt, then to Karachi]

600.00

$460.00T




2369

C

A-

INDIAN OCEAN SURVEY FLIGHT PER 'GUBA II': 1939 cover with uncancelled Australia 3d blue & sender's Sydney return address on the flap, to Holland with KUT 15c & 30c x2 tied by 'MOMBASA/23JU/39/KENYA' cds for the Imperial Airlines route to Egypt & on to London. [This apparently commercial cover was presumably carried per favor of PG Taylor: see also Lot 2365]

750.00

$1,300.00T




2385

C

C

INWARDS MAIL: 1944 (July 29?) cover from GB with 2d meter to "35th British General Hospital/RAMC/South East Asia Command", redirected to "Operation Wilcox", although paid for surface only it was flown to Cocos per Catalina flying boat, opened a bit roughly & stained at the top from a 'sticky' tape repair. [Following the Japanese bombardment in 1944, use of the word "Cocos" in communications was suppressed. Various coded military addresses were used including 'Operation Wilcox', 'Island X' and 'Fortress Brown'. Use of such addresses on mail is very rare & the only the examples we have seen are from Colin Riddell's collection]

400.00

$3,600.00T






2386

PS

B

INWARDS MAIL: 1944 (Nov 24) civilian 6d aerogramme from GB to "35th British Gen Hosp/RAMC/South East Asia Command", redirected to "Island X/oc tps/Brown" (= Occupying Troops) & flown to Cocos per Catalina flying boat, stained at the base from 'sticky' tape reinforcement. [NB: West Island was sometimes referred to as 'Brown's West Island']

600.00

$26,000.00T






2387

C

C

INWARDS MAIL: 1945 (Jan 12) stampless Forces cover from Ceylon with 'UNIT CENSOR/X209' h/s used at Mount Lavinia & Indian-pattern No 9 ABPO b/s, to "13th Indian Coast Battery/Brown/SEAC", corner fault at upper-right.

300.00

$1,100.00T




2388

C

A-

INWARDS MAIL: 1945 (Apr 5) airgraph with photograph of the addressee's wife from GB to "129 Staging Post/RAF/SEAC", usual horizontal fold (which is clear of the photo). Believed to be the only recorded airgraph addressed to Cocos. [129 Staging Post was a postal unit at the West Island Airfield that processed incoming mails between -.4.1945 & -.3.1946]

500.00

$6,000.00T








2389

PS

A

129 STAGING POST: Undated Forces Air Letter with printed 'RAFPOST/AIR COMMAND/SOUTH EAST ASIA' at upper-right & instructions within for addressing mail completed with "129 Staging Post" & 'CEYLON AIR FORCES' h/s in violet, sent to GB with 'RAFPOST/ 2 /SOUTH EAST ASIA/ 2 ' cds with the dateline removed. There must have been thousands of these pro forma air letters but this is the only example we have seen from Ceylon. [In 1944, logistical & construction units of the XIVth Army were sent to Cocos for Operation 'Pharos', to construct a heavy bomber airfield on Brown's West Island. South-East Asia Command (SEAC) intended Cocos to be a Forward Strategic Operating Base for retaking Malaya & the Dutch Indies]

300.00

$1,450.00T








2390

C

B

129 STAGING POST: 1945 (Apr 17) Forces Air Letter with letter headed "129 Staging Post/RAF/Ceylon Air Forces", tsent to GB with unnumbered 'RAF POST/25APR45/COLOMBO' cds, minor internal repair. [The letter states "...if I could only disclose my actual whereabouts you would indeed have a rarity to add to your collection...I hope to get a choir going soon"]

300.00

$400.00T






2391

PS

A-

129 STAGING POST: 1945 (May 3) use of Forces Air Letter from a member of 7136 Servicing Echelon with 'RAF/CENSOR/575' cachet in violet - ERD on Cocos - over signature of Flying Officer Guthrie, to GB with partial 'RAFPOST/10MAY45/COLOMBO' cds & private arrival cachet. [Operations Record Book for 129 Staging Post shows F/O Guthrie arrived at Cocos on 29.4.1945 by Catalina, which flew the outgoing mail to Colombo]

400.00

$440.00T






2392

CL

B

INDIAN ARMY FPO 46: 1945 (Nov 3) envelope front affixed to previously used Indian OHMS cover registered to "GHQ/New Delhi" with exceptional franking of Indian 1a x3 paying 4a registration fee tied by 'FPO/No 46/ 3NOV45' cds, transit backstamp of No 9 ABPO in Colombo & 'NEW DELHI GHQ APO/10NOV45' arrival b/s, minor blemishes. The only recorded usage of Indian stamps on Cocos.

1500.00

$4,800.00T








2393

PS

B

INDIAN ARMY FPO 46: 1945 (Apr 9) Forces 'Blue Triangle' Air Letter with letter headed with '37 Ind HAA Bty IA' h/s in violet, Indian-pattern 'FPO/No46/13APR45' cds & 'UNIT CENSOR/R722' cachet in violet used at Cocos, despite completed honour certificate on reverse reopened at Colombo & resealed with 'OPENED BY EXAMINER' label tied by triangular 'FIELD - CENSOR/170' cachet in violet, minor defects. The ERD for both the FPO 46 cds & Unit Censor h/s on Cocos: Ted Proud notes usage of FPO 46 between 13APR45 & 10JAN46. [The record book of the 37th Indian HAA Battery states "...completed disembarkation on Fortress Brown on 4.4.1945..."]

500.00

$600.00T








2394

C

B

INDIAN ARMY FPO 46: 1945 (June 7) Forces Air Letter with letter headed "HQ 352 Petroleum Ptn RASC", to "Nuseirat/MEF" with Ceylon 20c tied by 'FPO/No46' cds & 'UNIT CENSOR/X53' cachet in violet (earliest date used at Cocos), triangular 'FIELD - CENSOR/45' cachet in violet, minor aging. [Nuseirat is on the Gaza Strip, Palestine. Today it is a United Nations Refugee Camp with more than 77,000 inhabitants]

500.00

$380.00T








2395

PS/L

C/A

INDIAN ARMY FPO 46: 1945 (Aug 6) usage of Forces black/white 'GREEN ENVELOPE' to GB with 'FPO/No 46/7AUG45' cds & 'UNIT CENSOR/R851' cachet in violet used on Cocos, some soiling & peripheral defects; with the enclosed letter on RAF stationery that states "...everything is free here so why not have a sample...I have certainly not said anything in this letter that is taboo...". A rare "Green Envelope" usage on Cocos: we know of only one other example. Ex Kim Dwyer: acquired for $920. (Qty 2 items)

500.00

$1,200.00T




2396

C

A

INDIAN ARMY FPO 46: 1945 (Sep 24) usage of printed OAS 'This parcel of Cigarettes...' card, to Australia with superb 'FPO/No 46/ 25SEP45' cds. Letter of thanks states "...can you imagine me on the Cocos Islands enjoying them in the shade". [Japan surrendered 2.9.1945. Censorship was ended & "Cocos" could again be used in correspondence]

500.00

$1,100.00T




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