|Crash site||Glen Esk, Scotland, Great Britain|
|Airline||BOAC (British Airways Overseas Corporation)|
|Aircraft||De Havilland Mosquito – G-AGGF|
|Route||Leuchars/RAF – Stockholm/Bromma|
|Crew||2 – 0 survivors|
The plane took off from the airbase at Leuchars at 20:16. The crew soon experienced difficulties with the orientation, and they requested several times for bearing and distance information. As they had no response they decided to return to Leuchars. At 21:30 the plane crashed when it hit a mountain near Glen Esk more than 60 km north of the airbase.
The wreck was located on 8 September by a local gamekeeper – 3 weeks after the crash.
The crash investigators suspected that the airplane suffered a major instrument or compass systems failure, hence the many requests for directions. The plane was on wrong course right from the start. The report criticized Air Traffic Control at several airfields for failing to recognize an emergency situation and not answering the air crew’s pleas for directional information.
The plane carried 608 kg of mail which according to the the records was lost in the crash. I have recorded 5 items, which I think very well may come from this crash (see illustrations below). All these items were processed by the Returned Letter Section, Mount Pleasant, London which usually handled British crash mail. This office used different handstamps, labels and service covers.
Examples of mail