|Crash site||Calcutta, India|
|Aircraft||Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat – G-ADVE – Centurion|
|Route||Sydney – Darwin – Singapore – Calcutta|
|Crew||4 – all survived|
|Passengers||4 – all survived|
When the flying boat came in for landing at the Bally Air Base, Hoogly River south of Calcutta a severe gust of wind caught the tail, lifting it suddenly and causing the airplane to nose into the water. The aircraft slowly began to sink. The crew and passengers were rescued by launches within 16 minutes after the crash.
Later when attempts were made to raise the wreck it broke into two because chains were used.
On board was mail from Australia, New Zealand and Eastern Asia. Most of the mail (about 40 bags) was recovered, but a few bags were lost during the salvage work.
The mail was brought to Calcutta GPO. Here several handstamps with the text “SALVAGED MAIL / EX. CENTURION” were used. These were made up from so-called “John Bull” rubber stamp kits where the individual letters were inserted. Many varieties exist – wrong spelling, inverted letters etc.
Other handstamps, labels and mimeo explanations are known used in different countries on arrival.
As to Nordic mail I have only seen the cover illustrated below which probably was addressed to Denmark and another cover to Iceland.
Examples of mail