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This envelope from Rhodesia and addressed to Madras, India was carried on the Imperial Airways Short S.23 ‘C’ Class flying boat CORSAIR, G-ADBV, that got lost south of Juba on the Sudan border, and was landed on the river Dangu in Belgian Congo on 15th March 1939. The hull was holed and the river was too shallow for a take-off to be attempted after repairs. The three-line cachet applied to this cover in black can be found on destinations other than England and France and reads: “Damaged by Water when the / Imperial Airways Aircraft forced / landed near Juba, Sudan.”
For further details on the recovery of the plane, make reference to 2002-039-019.