|Crash site||Lihesten mountain, Hyllestad, Norway|
|Airline||DNL (Det Norske Luftfartselskap)|
|Aircraft||Junkers Ju 52 – LN-DAE – Havörn|
|Route||Bergen – Ålesund – Molde – Kristiansund – Trondheim – Brönnöysund – Sandnessjöen – Bodö – Svolvær – Narvik – Harstad – Tromsö|
|Crew||4 – 0 survivors|
|Passengers||3 – 0 survivors|
DNL opened the route Bergen-Tromsö in 1935. On 16 June 1936 the plane “Havörn” left Bergen at 06:30 in good weather. At Sognefjord low clouds and fog set in and the plane turned west hoping to follow the firth out to the coast line. For unknown reasons the pilot turned northwards 15-20 km too soon. At 07:00 the plane struck right into the 777 m high mountain Lihesten about 50 m from the top. The wreckage was scattered down the hillside and the rescue operation was very complicated.
Personel from the Norwegian Post arrived at the crash site the same afternoon. The plane carried 13 bags of around 50 kg mail. A large part of this mail was salvaged.
Local mountain climbers brought down a large amount of mail in the evening. Two mail bags marked for delivery to Brönnöysund and Kristiansund were found in relatively good condition. In addition a quantity of letters and other postal items addressed to Trondheim were found strewn about, probably blown around by the wind when the mail bag was ripped up.
The next day an attempt was made to climb down the mountain from the top. The operation took ten hours and the climbers could only salvage two mail bags.
On 18 June another group managed to reach the main shelf where the wreck lay. After 6½ hours they brought down another 4 or 5 mail bags.
The last mail was brought down on 20 June.
All the salvaged mail was brought back to the Bergen Post Office where it was sorted out. Most of the mail show the handstamp type A. I have seen several covers where the handstamp A-a is struck on the front of the cover and A-b is on the back.
Relatively much mail was returned to the senders with a manuscript marking type B. Many of the returned items are in good condition, so it is quite a mystery why these were returned.
So far I have only seen mail which was sent from Bergen. No mail from other parts of Norway or from foreign countries has been recorded.
Size: 68 x 18 mm.
Recovered mail / from Havörn.
Size: 68 x 18 mm.
As A-a but f in fra starts below j.
Manuscript note + handstamp used at the Bergen Post Office on mail which was returned to the sender.
Cover returned to sender
Bergen Post Office
Manuscript note used at the
Bergen Post Office.
BANKOAVD. is the department of
registered or insured mail.
The cover has been on bord the plane “Havörn” which crashed on 16/6-36 + signature
Examples of mail