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2002-039-131

This envelope was posted in Hong Kong on 30th Apr 1953 addressed to Birkenhead, England.  It was carried on a B.O.A.C. Comet G-ALVY piloted by Capt Haddon from Hong Kong to London.  After taking off from Calcutta on 2nd May 1953, the plane was caught in a hurricane which ultimately caused it to crash less than 50kms from Calcutta.  The mail was recovered and the three-line cachet in violet was applied locally before being put aboard a relief plane.  SALVAGED MAIL / “Comet” Crash, Near Calcutta. / 2nd. MAY 1953.