Prestige Philately Auction 232 CatalogueCOMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA - Postal History - Military - World War II
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Displaying 10 Lots in Category - COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA - Postal History - Military - World War II
Mostly World War II covers including scarce postmarks & cachets including naval types, Forces in Palestine Malaya & Papua including two with 'PASSED/BY UNIT CENSOR' h/s, POW mail including with scarce 'MIL PO TATURA No 4', hand-illustrated RAAF cover, etc; then registered covers from 'MIL PO BENDIGO', '...FISHERMEN'S BEND', '...MONA VALE', '...WATSONIA' & '...WERRIBEE' plus commercial from '...SEYMOUR/No 3' & OHMS from '...ROYAL PARK N2'; BCOF/Korea including HMAS Shropshire & Shoalhaven covers, & a rare PPC usage by air to GB; a few WWI, Viet-Nam & Rwanda items; also peacetime including 1947 with rare 'RAAF TOTTENHAM' cds & huge 'POSTAGRAM/...' cachet, 1950 with rare 'UNKNOWN AT/ROYAL PARK/MILITARY CAMP' h/s & 1957 with the only recorded example of boxed 'Field Post Office/14JAN1957/Scrub Hill Vic' d/s & Mil PO Puckapunyal slogan, etc, generally fine to very fine. A very desirable lot for development or resale.
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1941 large-part distressed airmail cover-front to England with KGVI 3d x2 - singed, a third missing - tied by 'AIF FIELD PO/NO 24' cds in use at Hama in Lebanon (Proud "Not Seen), endorsed "Accidentally Burned/ in Transit/28.12.41 [initials]", remnants of four British PO repair labels. [On 27.12.1941, a bag of mail was damaged in transit between FPO 24 & FPO 21 at Rayak in Syria. This new discovery is believed to be the only recorded mail from this incident]
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1941-45 Military Air Mail Letter Cards with wide variety of types, printings and FPO & censor markings, noted 1943 unfranked from Dobodura to Buna endorsed "Island Mail", 1943-45 'POSTAGE/1d/PAID' imprints x6 including two with 'ACF' logo (one naval usage; front only), 1944 to USA with 1d tied 'AIF FIELD PO/No16' at Lae (used for 11 days only) and taxed as concessional rate did not apply to foreign destinations, 1945 from Morotai (Dutch New Guinea) x3 one with Melbourne civilian censor & others with RAAF censors plus from Lutong (Sarawak) with 'AUST UNIT POSTAL STN/443' d/s, 1946 Indian type with 'PASSED FREE/OF POSTAGE' cachet, etc, generally fine to very fine. [This & the next six lots are Ex Neil Russell]
1941-45 Military Air Mail Letter Cards usages from Australian Forces in Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Syria & Lebanon on display pages with variety of types, printings and FPO & censor markings, noted per favor 'AIF FIELD PO/15JY41/NO11' endorsed "First day of service", another with 'MISSENT TO/ALBERT PARK' cachet, Mosque illustrated types x13 with either 'AIF' or 'Forces' inscriptions - one used England with GB KGVI 3d - plus one of each unused, most to Australia but other destinations include India, New Zealand & South Africa, generally fine to very fine.
1941-45 Military Air Mail Letter Cards Northern Territory usages including registered x2 one with blank blue R label tied 'FIELD POST OFFICE/4AU42/072' at Adelaide River, the other with 'R/AIR FORCE PO 28' cachet at Fenton, 1942 with typed 'OPENED BY CENSOR' label tied boxed 'AMF' cachet from FPO '0136' at 66½ Mile Camp, 1943 special Christmas issue with 'POSTAGE/1d/PAID' imprint and 'AUST ARMY PO/231' d/s at Batchelor, 'UNIT POSTAL STATION' rubber handstamps of '106' at Darwin, 'S78' at Noonamah, 'W14' & 'W15', etc, generally fine to very fine.
1941-45 Military Air Mail Letter Cards 1942-43 'POSTAGE/1d/PAID' indicia to NSW with message dated "March 4th"  uncancelled but with Unit censor label & tape & another to Victoria from US serviceman at "15th Weather Squadron/APO 929" with US APO cancel & 'ARMY EXAMINER' censor cachet, also one from the remainder stock re-distributed for Christmas 1943 sent to SA with 'AUST FPO/16DE43/182' cds, plus a 1943 reprint with 'ACF' logo at left used to WA with 'AIR FORCE PO/236' cds & 'RAAF CENSOR' cachet, also very scarce later version with ungummed 'slit-flap' unused, condition generally fine.
1944 Forces Air Mail Letter Card sent to US Virgin Islands (!) with 1d tied 'AUST FPO/27NO44/190' used at Darwin and 'RAAF CENSOR' cachet alongside, 'FREDERIKSTED/FEB10/1945/V.I.' duplex b/s where re-addressed with 'CHRISTIANSTED, ST CROIX, VI' h/s on face.
1944-45 KGVI 7d Air Letters to serviceman c/- Australian Red Cross in Ceylon re-directed to Kandy, to Australian Red Cross Superintendents at Colombo & London, to Bangalore (b/s) with Indian censor cachet and to Australian serviceman in Canada with 'BATTLEFIELD MPO 312/ONT' & 'KINGSTON MPO 311/ONT' b/s all with Sydney '2/Opened by Censor' red/yellow labels, also to Dublin with Adelaide red/yellow label and to Durban with 'AVOCA' (Vic) cds with South African label & cachet, plus British formular Air Letter from nurse at RN Hospital, Sydney to "CMF" [Central Mediterranean Forces] serviceman with 'BRITISH FLEET PO/12' cds with red/white label removed & covered by red/yellow label and 'EGYPT/55' FPO b/s, condition mostly fine.
1944-45 KGVI 7d Air Letters military usages from New Guinea x3 one with 'AUST UNIT POSTAL STATION/405' cds, from Darwin x2 and from WA mostly with military censor markings, group to servicemen in England with civilian censor labels including Melbourne red/white labels x2 & red/yellow x2 and Sydney red/yellow labels x2, some with 'RAAF/BASE PONo4' b/s & one to "CMF" [Central Mediterranean Forces], plus 1945 wartime form to Gp/Cpt CF Gordon UK with KGVI 2½d x3 tied Perth cancel & 'IAFF' [Indian] 'AIR LETTER' from cadet on board SS Fort Nisqually at Fremantle with Peace 3½d pair to UK, plus GB Air Letters x4 including KGVI 1½d (half) to "RAAF Pacific" re-directed with 'AIR FORCE PO/24NO45/No236' b/s at Finschhafen, New Guinea, 1949 US 10c Aerogramme from Australian Military Mission in Germany, 1976 United Nations formular Aerogramme 'AUST FPO/1' from UN Emergency Force at Ismalia, Egypt, etc, condition generally fine.
1946 Netherlands Indies Government Medical Services (Sydney) envelopes x2 to liberated POW c/- Royal Netherlands Navy HQ, Batavia the earlier franked with KGVI 3d x6 (one faulty), the other with Hermes 1/6d, neither cancelled and no Australian postal markings so presumably carried in closed bag by Recovery of Allied Prisoners of War and Internees (RAPWI) taskforce, both with 'RAPWI/POSTKANTOOR/BATAVIA' arrival b/s (19 & 21 Feb respectively) & 'MARINE POSTKANTOOR BATAVIA/No.6' censor cachets, the first additionally with '.../No.25' censor cachet on face, the latter with 'Voor spoedige bezorging:/ONDERELL/Nauwkeurig vermelden' boxed cachet on back, couple of minor blemishes.