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2002-039-132

This envelope was posted in Bath on 22nd Dec 1954 addressed to Ohio, USA.  It was placed aboard B.O.A.C. Boeing Stratocruiser G-ALSA in London and flown to Prestwick where in an attempt to land, the plane crashed and caught fire.  Many passengers and crew were killed and although most of the mail was recovered, it was found to be in a badly damaged condition. The three-line boxed cachet in violet seems the most commonly applied to the mail: SALVAGED MAIL / AIRCRAFT CRASH / PRESTWICK 25-12-54.