|Crash site||Frankfurt airport, Germany|
|Airline||KLM Royal Dutch Airlines|
|Aircraft||Douglas DC- 6 – PH-TPJ – Koningin Juliana|
|Route||Johannesburg – Brazzaville – Rome – Frankfurt/M – Amsterdam|
|Crew||10 – 1 survivor|
|Passengers||37 – 1 survivor|
The plane took off from Rome/Ciampino airport early in the morning. There were no signs of any problems during the flight, and at 10:45 the crew reported approaching the “Offenbach” beacon and descending to 750 m. This was the last radio contact. At 10:50 the plane crashed in a forest 7 km north-east of the airport and caught fire.
The reason for the crash was never determined.
A part of the mail and 500 kg of gold was recovered from the wreckage. So far no mail from Afrika has been recorded. So most likely all the African mail was destroyd in the crash. During the stop in Rome mail from Italy, Asia and South America was loaded on board the plane. Some of this mail was recovered. As to Nordic mail I have seen items addressed to Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
Number of items in my records:
|From||To Denmark||To Norway||To Sweden|
The Danish Reexpedition Post Office in Copenhagen produced labels to be used with mail that was forwarded to the recipients. The text was in Danish language and can be translated to “Damaged in the air accident at Frankfurt (Main) on 22. March 1952.”.
The size of the labels varies as they were printed on large size paper and later cut from the sheets.
Even if the text in general is the same I have recorded 7 variations in the arrangement of the text.
Break between ”d. 22.marts”.
”K” in KØBENHAVN start under ”R”
”København” in small lettering.
Different text font.
”K” in KØBENHAVN start under ”T”
”K” in KØBENHAVN start under ”E”.
First line shift after ”ved”.
Enclosed item has been damaged in the crash of airplane Kl-592 at Frankfurt a/M on 22/3-52.
Oslo Arr. foreign
Enclosed item which was damaged in an air accident at Frankfurt am Main on 22.3.52 is hereby forwarded. / Royal General Postboard / Complaints Office
As most of the mail was more or less damaged by fire the items were usually forwarded to the recipients in a service cover. Danish and Swedish service covers are known:
Denmark type J. 6 (2-50) – size: 211 x 149 mm.
Denmark type J 7 (6-51) – size: 271 x 159 mm.
Sweden type Bl. 299 a. (Febr. 50) 1951 – size: 199 x 141 mm.
Examples of mail