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Displaying 15 Lots in Category - Airmail Covers - Flying Boats
C of A - Flight Covers
1930s autographed covers comprising 1931 "C Kingsford Smith" on ANA Christmas Flight from England & "Francis C Chichester" on Japan flight cover, 1935 "J Chapman" & "B Cowan" on Adelaide-Darwin cover with KGV Jubilee 2d tied 'DALY WATERS/NT' d/s and "PL Taylor" & "CH Scott" on cover with 'Holymans Airways Ltd' cachet, 1937 "Jack P Clancy" on 'Around Australia' cover & "Dolores Bonney" on South Africa flight with KGV 2d tied 'DARWIN NT/AUSTRALIA' d/s, 1939 "JW Burgess" and others on 'Aotearoa' cover, plus 1940 "O Garden" on 'Awarua' cover and 1978 Trans-Pacific Flight Anniversary cover signed by 31 aviators including "GU Allan", "Lores Bonney" & "Nancy Bird", a few minor blemishes but generally fine condition.
1942-54 QANTAS labels on flight covers comprising five different 1942-48 'PARACHUTE MAIL/TO MORNINGTON ISLAND' carried by Flying Boat, 1947 Norfolk Island, New Guinea, Rabaul, Japan pair with 'BCOF' overprint and Harbour Bridge & Tower Bridge pair, 1948 South Africa pair & 1949 Hong Kong red & blue pairs including combination frankings plus KGVI 1½d wrapper with 'Second Class' label, 1953 Dutch New Guinea four different & Thailand pair with '.../30 YEARS AS ROYAL/AIR MAIL CARRIERS/...' label, and 1954 North America flights including intermediates, the majority pilot-signed, a couple with minor blemishes but overall fine condition, Cat $4000+.
1946 (Nov 30) First Flight Brisbane-Norfolk Island per "Sunderland" Flying Boat AAMC #1080a, blemishes, Cat $900.
C of A - Postal History
1938 (Aug 1) airmail PPC to Nyasaland with KGV 2d & 3d tied by Brisbane cds paying Empire Air Mail Scheme letter rate on the first day of its introduction , per Qantas/Imperial Airways flying boat service via Cairo with 'LIMBE/15AUG38' arrival cds alongside, a few minor blemishes. [There was - and is - confusion over the Australian EAMS postcard rate: the rate for letters was 5d, the equivalent of the domestic base airmail letter rate. There was no published rate for postcards but Breckon lists the rate at a curious 4½d (ie only ½d less than the letter rate). However, the few we have seen are franked 3d, consistent with the standard "half the letter rate to the nearest penny" rule. Here, the sender was probably instructed to pay the 5d letter rate.
1941 (Jan 30) cover sent airmail to "Mrs Ivor Schofield, c/o B Company, 6th Battalion, Nigeria Regiment, Lagos, West Africa" with 1/6d Hermes tied Adelaide machine cancel paying wartime rate for carriage by 'Horseshoe Route' flying boat service via Cairo to Khartoum and BOAC to Lagos, 'OPENED BY CENSOR' label in black (4 dots) and boxed 'A/18' cachet in violet on face, a few wrinkles.
Pacific Islands airmail covers with Fiji 1930 Suva-Lautoka & Labasa-Suva x3 different, 1933 Suva-Lautoka and return & Suva-Taveuni, 1941 group of TEAL/PanAm covers including one with KGVI 5d 'Blue Canes', 1939 Fiji-Tonga per Flying Boat 'Aotearoa' signed pilot "JW Burgess" also 1927 registered surface mail to Canada with KGV 3d block of 4, Gilbert & Ellice Islands 1948 registered first airmail service Ocean Island-Australia, Tonga 1941 first airmail to Fiji x2 including one signed "DW Naird" with 'Passed by Censor/9' cachet plus 1930s 'Tin Can Mail' x11 including two postcards, then range of 1960s-70s flight covers with some French Pacific also.
1930s Airmail Covers selection noted 1927 'ROYAL AIR FORCE DISPLAY 1927/LAHORE' pictorial cds on KGV 1a brown, 1930 'Around the World' commemorative covers signed "Mildred Bruce" x6 carried on different legs within India, 1932 Wolfgang von Granau cover franked with Canada, Ceylon, India Japan, Netherlands Indies, Phillipines & USA stamps (a few faults), 1933 Rangoon-Sharjah with 'FIRST AIR MAIL' cancel & BAHRAIN' b/s, 1935 with 'QUETTA EARTH QUAKE POSTAGE FREE' cachet, also 1943 QANTAS Catalina 'Vega Star' flown Karachi-Perth with combination franking pilot-signed, a few with minor blemishes but condition generally fine.
PAPUA - 1901-1942 The BNG & Papua Stamps Period - Flight Covers
1935 (Sept) Daru-Port Moresby AAMC #P89 intermediate cover endorsed "Air Mail Daru to Port Moresby per RAAF Southampton Flying Boat A-11-1" with Lakatois 3d 'AIR MAIL' overprint tied 'DARU/-1SE35/PAPUA' cds and 'PORT MORESBY/-5SP35/PAPUA' arrival d/s alongside signed "AE Hempel OIC" (=Officer In Charge) on face, couple of minor blemishes, Cat $400. Although the AAMC values this at 2/3rds the price of items carried onwards to Darwin, the exhibit page on which this is mounted states that "This is the ONE AND ONLY COVER carried on this stage of the flight ...".
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1935 (Sept) Daru-Port Moresby-Darwin AAMC #P90a cover endorsed "First Flight Daru-Port Moresby-Port Darwin per RAAF Southampton Flying Boat A-11-1" with Lakatois 3d 'AIR MAIL' overprint tied 'DARU/-1SE35/PAPUA' cds and 'PORT MORESBY/26SP35/PAPUA' transit d/s alongside signed "AE Hempel OIC" (=Officer In Charge) on face with 'DARWIN NT/27NO35/AUSTRALIA' arrival b/s, fine condition, Cat $600.
While conducting survey flights over the York Peninsula, Hempel was tasked to search for Stuart Campbell (ex-RAAF) missing in the Fly River Valley and located him at the Madiri Plantation on 27.7.35; after waiting five weeks for a replacement engine at Daru the plane left for Port Moresby on 1.9.35, but further engine trouble there delayed departure for Australia until 27.9.35. The plane was forced down at Mapoon in the Gulf of Carpentaria and suffered tail damage, further delaying arrival in Darwin.
1935 (Sept) Port Moresby-Daru AAMC #P89X (unlisted) intermediate cover endorsed "Port Moresby to Daru per RAAF Southampton Flying Boat A-11-1 Piloted by Squadron Leader A Hempel" with Lakatois 3d 'AIR MAIL' overprint tied 'PORT MORESBY/-7SP35/PAPUA' cds, another '26SE35' strike alongisde and 'DARU/28SE35/PAPUA' arrival b/s. The plane flew from Port Moresby to Darwin via Kikori, Daru & Thursday Island, but AAMC does not list any intermediates; the exhibit page on which this is mounted states that only twelve items were carried on this leg.
1935 (Sept) Port Moresby-Darwin AAMC #P90 cover endorsed "First Flight Port Moresby to Darwin per RAAF Southampton Flying Boat A-11-1 Piloted by Squadron Leader A Hempel" with Lakatois 3d 'AIR MAIL' overprint tied 'PORT MORESBY/7SP35/PAPUA' d/s and another '26SP35' strike alongside signed "AE Hempel" on face with 'DARWIN NT/27NO35/AUSTRALIA' arrival b/s, plus postcard-size photo of three "Southamptons" in flight, fine condition, Cat $600. The flight was delayed by engine trouble and did not leave Port Moresby until 27.9.35.
1935 (Sept) Port Moresby-Darwin AAMC #P90 registered cover endorsed "First Flight Port Moresby to Darwin per RAAF Southampton Flying Boat A-11-1 Piloted by Squadron Leader A Hempel" with Lakatois 3d 'AIR MAIL' overprint & 2d Jubilee tied 'PORT MORESBY/7SP35/PAPUA' cds signed "AE Hempel" on face and 'DARWIN NT/27NO35/AUSTRALIA' arrival b/s, Cat $600. Of the fifty covers carried only thirteen were registered.
1935 (Sept) Port Moresby-Darwin-England AAMC #P90X (unlisted) registered cover endorsed "All Air Papua to England/Port Moresby to Darwin per RAAF Southampton Flying Boat A-11-1/Thence Australia-England-Singapore Services" with Lakatois 3d 6d & 1/- 'AIR MAIL' overprints tied 'PORT MORESBY/7SP35/PAPUA' cds and another '26SE35' strike alongside on face, 'DARWIN NT/27NO35/AUSTRALIA' transit & 'LEE-ON-THE-SOLENT/ 10DE/35/HANTS' arrival b/s, fine condition, Cat $600+. AAMC does not list any continuation flights; the exhibit page on which this is mounted states that a mail was made up for Britain which consisted of only four items.
1939 (Jan) Port Moresby-Samarai AAMC #P141aX (unlisted) Burns Philp Line cover endorsed "By Air Mail per 'Guba'-Pt Moresby to Samarai" with Jubilee 2d tied 'PORT MORESBY/14JA39/PAPUA' cds, light fold & minor blemishes. The Archbold Expedition Flying Boat 'Guba' arrived in Port Moresby from Hollandia on 12 January - flown covers listed as AAMC #P141a (Cat $1750) - but AAMC does not list any other 'Guba' flights until another incoming flight from Hollandia arriving 30 March. The exhibit page on which this item is mounted states "On the 15th [January] she conveyed a party to Samarai, returning next morning, and also taking a small mail."
Airmail covers including 1925 Geneva-Basel postcard with triangular 'Suisse-Europe Centrale' 30c & 50c semi-postals, 1926 Africa flight & 1938 to Australia per Swissair Le Lochle-Zurich flight with Airmails '1938/PRO AERO/75' overprint, also inwards covers with 1928 Latvia-Luzern, 1930 Liechtenstein-St Gallen registered cover with red cachet, 1931 Stockholm-Davos & 1933 Germany per flying boat with 'PASSAU/FLUGSHIFF Do.X/SCHWEIZ' cachet, also 1870s-1980s mostly used Postal Cards with some postmark interest including TPOs, a few mint envelopes & 1939 illustrated lettersheet, condition generally fine.