|Crash site||Phaleron Bay, Greece|
|Aircraft||Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat – G-ADVC – Courtier|
|Route||Alexandria – Phaleron Bay – Southampton|
|Crew||5 – 5 survivors|
|Passengers||9 – 6 survivors|
The flying boat “Courtier” was operating an additional flight with mail and passengers from India. The plane approached Phaleron Bay in the morning as planned, but the pilot failed to flatten out the plane which hit the water with great force. The hull was damaged and the plane sank in a few minutes. Rescue attempts were hampered by the propellers, as they continued to turn in the water.
Captain Poole later explained that the reflection of the sun on the still water of the bay, blinded him and he thought the aircraft was touching down on the water, when in fact, it was still 50 feet up.
All the mail was recovered in watersoaked condition, and many varieties of handstamps and labels are known.
The mail for the Nordic countries was forwarded via München, Germany where a handstamp and a resealing label was used. No Nordic crash markings has so far been recorded.
German handstamp used in Munich.
Size: 91 x 12 mm.
German resealing label used in
Type: B 35a V. 2 § 75. (10.29).
Size: 104 x 45 mm.
Examples of mail