1932 – First Regular Mail Service to London (From Fort Jameson)

First Regular Mail Service to London

From Fort Jameson

Fort Jameson to Sudan (Via Salisbury)

1933 – First Regular Mail Service to Calcutta

First Regular Mail Service to Calcutta

1 July 1933

From 1 July 1933, the Imperial Airways London – Karachi – Delhi airmail service was extended to Calcutta via Cawnpore and Allahabad.

A special rectangular postmark (Karachi-Calcutta 7 Jly First Airmail) was applied to covers. Mail arrived in Calcutta on 8 July.

First Flight Covers

From Broken Hill to Calcutta
From Bulawayo to Calcutta
From Salisbury to Calcutta

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1932 – First Regular Mail Service to London

First Regular Mail Service to London

27 January 1932

On the return flight to London, the City of Delhi crashed at Broken Hill. The City of Baghdad was borrowed from the northbound service and carried mail from Broken Hill to Nairobi.

Arriving in Nairobi on 3 February, it missed the weekly northbound flight from Kisumu, delaying the mail for another week. The mail was flow to Khartoum and then forwarded by rail to Wadi Halfa.

First Flight Covers

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1932 – First Regular Mail Service to Cape Town (From Broken Hill)

First Regular Mail Service to Cape Town

From Broken Hill

 

From Broken Hill to Bulawayo
From Broken Hill to Cape Town
From Broken Hill to Johannesburg
From Broken Hill to Pretoria
From Broken Hill to Salisbury
From Broken Hill to Transvaal

1932 – First Regular Mail Service to Cape Town (From Mpika)

First Regular Mail Service to Cape Town

From Mpika

 

From Mpika to Broken Hill
From Mpika to Cape Town
From Mpika to Keetmanshoop
From Mpika to Pietersburg

1932 – First Regular Mail Service to Cape Town (Flight Plan)

1932 – First Regular Mail Service to Cape Town

 

DateDep. CityViaArr. CityPlanePilot
20.01.1932Croydon, UKParis, FranceHelenaA Youell
20.01.1932 - 22.01.1932Paris, FranceBrindisi, ItalyBy train *
22.01.1932Brindisi, ItalyAthens, GreeceScipioF J Bailey
23.01.1932Athens, GreeceAlexandria, EgyptScipioF J Bailey
23.01.1932Alexandria, EgyptCairo, EgyptBy train *
24.01.1932Cairo, EgyptAssuit, Egypt
Aswan, Egypt
Wadi Halfa, SudanCity of ArundelR O Taylor
25.01.1932Wadi Halfa, SudanAtbara, SudanKhartoum, SudanCity of ArundelR O Taylor
26.01.1932Khartoum, SudanKosti, SudanMalakal, SudanCity of SwanageR O Taylor
W N Cumming
27.01.1932Malakal, SudanJuba, Sudan
Butiaba, Uganda
Kampala, Uganda
Kisumu, KenyaCity of SwanageR O Taylor
W N Cumming
28.01.1932Kisumu, KenyaNairobi, Kenya
Moshi, Tanganyika
Dodoma, TanganyikaCity of BaghdadJ S Sheppard
29.01.1932Dodoma, TanganyikaMbeya, TanganyikaShiwa, Northern RhodesiaCity of BaghdadJ S Sheppard
30.01.1932Shiwa, Northern RhodesiaMpika, Northern RhodesiaBroken Hill, Northern RhodesiaCity of BaghdadJ S Sheppard
31.01.1932Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia
Salisbury, Southern RhodesiaPuss MothH Pearce
01.02.1932Salisbury, Southern RhodesiaBulawayo, Southern Rhodesia
Pietersburg, South Africa
Johannesburg, South AfricaPuss MothH Pearce
02.02.1932Johannesburg, South AfricaKimberley, South Africa
Victoria West, South Africa
Cape Town, South AfricaCity of KarachiR S Caspareuthus

1931 – Christmas Mail Experimental Flight (Flight Plan)

Christmas Mail Experimental Flight

Flight Plan

DateDep. CityViaArr. CityPlanePilot
09.12.1931Croydon, UKParis, FranceHeraclesW.Rogers
09.12.1931 - 11.12.1931Paris, FranceBrindisi, ItalyBy train *
11.12.1931Brindisi, ItalyMirabella, CreteAthens, GreeceF J Bailey
12.12.1931Athens, GreeceAlexandria, EgyptScipioF J Bailey
12.12.1931Alexandria, EgyptCairo, EgyptBy train *
13.12.1931Cairo, EgyptAssuit, EgyptAswan, EgyptCity of ArundelC G Lumsden
15.12.1931Aswan, EgyptWadi Halfa, Sudan
Atbara, Sudan
Khartoum, SudanCity of ArundelC G Lumsden
16.12.1931Khartoum, SudanKosti, Sudan
Malakal, Sudan
Juba, Sudan
Butiaba, UgandaCity of SwanageA R Prendergast
17.12.1931Butiaba, UgandaKampala, UgandaKisumu, KenyaCity of SwanageA R Prendergast
17.12.1931Kisumu, KenyaNairobi, KenyaCity of BasraE H Attwood
18.12.1931Nairobi, KenyaDodoma, Tanganyika
Moshi, Tanganyika
Mbeya, TanganyikaCity of BasraE H Attwood
19.12.1931Mbeya, TanganyikaMpika, Northern Rhodesia
Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia
Salisbury, Southern RhodesiaCity of BasraE H Attwood
20.12.1931Salisbury, Southern RhodesiaBulawayo, Southern Rhodesia
Pietersburg, South Africa
Germinston, South AfricaCity of BasraE H Attwood
21.12.1931Germinston, South AfricaKimberley, South Africa
Victoria West, South Africa
Cape Town, South AfricaCity of KarachiH Alger

1931 – Christmas Mail Experimental Flight (Postal Rates)

Christmas Mail Experimental Flight

Postal Rates

 

CityCountryDateFirst Half OuncePer Half OunceParcels
KhartoumSudan14.12.19315d.4d.4s. 6d. per lb.
NairobiKenya16.12.19315d.4d.6s. 0d. per lb.
Uganda5d.4d.6s. 0d. per lb.
DodomaTanganyika17.12.19317d.6d.6s. 0d. per lb.
Zanzibar7d.6d.6s. 0d. per lb.
Broken HillNorthern Rhodesia18.12.19319d.8d.7s. 0d. per lb.
SalisburySouthern Rhodesia18.12.19319d.8d.7s. 0d. per lb.
BulawayoSouthern Rhodesia19.12.19319d.8d.7s. 0d. per lb.
JohannesburgSouth Africa19.12.19311s. 0d.1s. 0d.7s. 0d. per lb.
KimberleySouth Africa20.12.19311s. 0d.1s. 0d.7s. 0d. per lb.
Cape TownSouth Africa20.12.19311s. 0d.1s. 0d.7s. 0d. per lb.

1931 – Christmas Mail Experimental Flight

Christmas Mail Experimental Flight

9 – 21 December 1931

On the 30th November, 1931, the British Post Office announced there would be a special Christmas flight from London to Cape Town. Imperial Airways Ltd left London on 9th December, arriving in Cape Town 21 December. Mail was forwarded to England via the Union Castle Line.

Details

First Flight Covers

Reference

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1931 – Christmas Mail Experimental Flight (From Broken Hill to Cape Town)

Christmas Mail Experimental Flight

From Broken Hill to Cape Town

 

Broken Hill to Bulawayo
Broken Hill to Cape Town
Broken Hill to Durban
Broken Hill to Johannesburg
Broken Hill to Salisbury
Broken Hill to Upington (via Kimberley)
Broken Hill to Victoria West
Broken Hill to Windhoek (via Kimberley)
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