|Crash site||Holl-Holl, French Somaliland|
|Aircraft||Farman F.192 (gift from France)|
|Route||Addis Ababa – Djibouti|
|Crew||2 – both survived|
During the years 1931-1933 the Ethiopian Government opened an air mail route from Addis Ababa to Djibouti in French Somaliland.
The 6th flight took off from the Jan Meda airfield, Addis Ababa on 13 February 1932 at 14:30. Strong headwind and sand storm made the flight difficult. At 17:50 sand in the engine caused the engine to stop and the plane crashed 9 km from Holl-Holl. Both the crew members were injured as they were thrown out of the plane. An hour after midnight a rescue team found the wreck, and the crew and the mail were brought into Djibouti.
Nierinck mention that the aircraft was a Farman 190 reg.no. F-AJRV, but this aircraft crashed in November 1930.
The need for airmail from Ethiopia in the early 1930es was very limited. Most of the air mail during 1932-1934 was sponsored by Adrian Zervos, the Ethiopian Director of Posts in Addis Ababa who prepared the covers with his own name and address.
The mail from the crashed aircraft was recovered and transported to Djibouiti where it was postmarked on the back with the postmark “COTE FSE DES SOMALIS * DJIBOUTI * 14 FEV 32”. From Djibouti the mail for Europe was forwarded by boat.
I have recorded two covers addressed to Sweden – both sent to the well-known Swedish philatelist Thor Allard, Linköping.
Examples of mail
|Cover from “ADDIS-ABEBA R.P. 13 II 32” to Sweden. On front also arrival postmark “LINKÖPING 1 6 32” and on the back arrival postmark “COTE FSE DES SOMALIS * DJIBOUTI * 14 FEV 32”.|
|Similar cover as above.|