|Crash site||Piz Cengalo, Switzerland|
|Aircraft||Junkers Ju 52 – D-AVFB – Otto von Beaulieu-Marconay|
|Route||Frankfurt/Rhein-Main – Milano|
|Crew||3 – no survivors|
|Passengers||10 – no survivors|
The plane left the Frankfurt/Rhein-Main airport at 12:25 and was last spotted around 14:45. From here there was no more contact. The plane had crashed into the Piz Cengalo mountain in the Bernina Alps in the southern Swiss canton Grisons (Graubünden). Search and rescue teams worked for several weeks but without success. On 9 July 1939 a mountain climber found small debris from the plane. The following days some more small parts were located, but the main wreck has never been found.
On 14 July 1952 a local mountain guide found a mail bag from the crashed plane in the same area where the debris was found in 1939. The bag contained 150 letters – including some registered letters with cheques.
The Swiss Post returned this mail to the countries from which they originated. I have seen a few items from the Netherlands from this bag, and they were returned to the senders with an explanatory letter. It seems as if further mail was returned from Switzerland to the Nethelands during the years 1953-1955.
On 29 July 1958 another mountain guide found some mail – including a few letters sent from Denmark to Italy. These were returned to the Danish Post, and in December 1958 the Danish Post returned the letters to the original senders – more than 20 years after!
Examples of mail