North Borneo 3rd Flight Airmail Covers 1949


3rd Flight Boxed Airmail Postmark

In June 1930 two R.A.F seaplanes made several visits to towns throughout North Borneo. Mails carried in such a flight were cancelled with a special boxed cachet. The second flight (April 1933) via seaplanes S147, S1420 and S1151 made similar survey visits but did not carry any mails. The third flight took place in 06.06.1949 from Jesselton to other towns. No other towns were involved in the third flight and as such no airmail postmarks were produced.

The Covers

Cover 1

This cover appered in ebay on the 28 July 2010 bearing the boxed airmail postmark. It commemorates the First Civilian Air Mail by Malayan Airways from Jesselton to Kuching route. Affixed is North Borneo 25c tied by a boxed AIR MAIL/ NORTH BORNEO cachet in black and alongside a JESSELTON/6 JUN 49 cds addressed to Kuching. Backstamped KUCHING/ SARAWAK/ 7 JU 49 arrival cds. Sold for US $167.50.

Cover 2

This one appeared in an auction house in 2007. It was sent by John B. Dusing from Jesselton to Columbia, USA. The letter card is franked with double 25 cents stamps of 1947 issues and tied with the special boxed airmail cachet. There is also a neat double ring Jesselton cds dated 5 Jun 1949. The top left corner is inscribed "FIRST CIVIL AIR FLIGHT". Estimated price between $300-$400.


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