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Airmail June - July 1940 
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Bob

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14/5/2009, 1:14 pm


Hi
To get the board started, I thought that I would show the following cover. When Italy entered World War II on 10 June 1940, mail could no longer be flown between Alexandria (Egypt) and the UK via the Mediterranean. The direct airmail route between New Zealand and the UK via Australia was therefore broken.

Air mail that was in transit was dumped and continued its journey by sea. This cover is postmarked on 7 June 1940 and so was in transit. It was redirected on arrival in London and has an 8 August backstamp.  Assuming  that it was backstamped shortly after arrival, its journey took two months instead of less than two weeks.

 

Mail was not usually backstamped on arrival in the UK and this usually only occurred when the letter was redirected. If you have a New Zealand cover to the UK via Australia posted in June or July 1940 and which was backstamped on arrival,  could you please post it on this thread so that we can build up a picture of transit times.

The Horseshoe Route via Durban was set up with the first mail leaving the UK on 19 June 1940. The first acceptance from New Zealand on the Horseshoe Route was not until 23 July. Again I would love to see any early Horseshoe Route mail from New Zealand (July - August 1940) which has UK backstamps.
Thanks
Bob

My website: "New Zealand Stamp Images" describes New Zealand philately, postage stamps, airmails and postal history.
Edited by user Administrator on 2/6/2009, 5:08 pm
Posted by:
Bob

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3/6/2009, 10:21 am


Another Airmail Cover from June 1940

Hi
This reply is meant to be primarily a further example of using the Board. When posting a 'follow up' to a previous post that should be done in the "Reply to" box. That way a thread on a topic can be built up. You should only start a new thread when you are initiating a completely new topic.

Here is another airmail cover, that was in transit when the airmail route through the Mediterranean was closed and so completed its journey by sea. It is postmarked in New Zealand on 1 June 1940 and then postmarked again when it was redirected in Glasgow 10 weeks later on 10 August.



My article on 'Alternatives to the Horseshoe Route in June and July 1940' in the March 2009 issue of The Kiwi gives more information. However, I am very interested in trying to get more information about air mail sent to and from New Zealand around that time.
Cheers
Bob


My website: "New Zealand Stamp Images" describes New Zealand philately, postage stamps, airmails and postal history.
Edited by user Bob on 3/6/2009, 10:23 am
 

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