Details For Cover ID# 26460

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Cover Type: USA outbound with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Nov 4, 17
Edited on:Nov 4, 17
Postmark: May 18, 1931
Origin: New York, New York, UNITED STATES
Destination: Bremen, GERMANY

Catapult Mail Airplane Ship-to-Shore. 14c blue (#565) and 6c red orange (#638) tied by "Varick St. Annex N.Y. May 18 1931" machine slogan cancel on cover to Bremen, Germany. Red rectangular handstamp "Mit Vorausflug nach Southampton" (With Advance Flight to Southampton)  and red circular marking "Deutscher Schleuderflug 23.5.1931 Dampter "Europa" - Southampton" (German Catapult Flight 23 May 1931 Steamer "Europa" Southampton).

This cover was carried by a Heinkel He 58 (D-1919 Atlantik) seaplane launched from the Norddeutsche Lloyd Liner steamship "Europa" while out at sea approaching Europe. This saved 1-2 days in the eastward journey. The Europa left New York on 19 May 1931, commanded by Captain Blankenburg, with wireless operator Kirchorf. The catapult flight launch was made at 06:00 on 24 May 1931,  and the seaplane landing was made at Amsterdam at 13:20, after a flight of 880 km.

The rate was 5c per ounce by ship to Europe, and a 15c per 1/2 ounce catapult surcharge (ship-to-shore) which included airmail service to Germany, total 20c. Catapult airmail service on the SS Europa began in 1930, and continued to 1935, when it was discontinued.

This cover was marked "Retour" (French for Returned), a manuscript date of 27/5, the address in Bremen was crossed out, and a label applied on reverse inscribed "Unbekannut." and "Inconnu." (German and French for Unknown). Bremen backstamp dated 27 May 1937. A manuscript note was written on the back in German about returning the cover to the U.S.A.

Owner's ID: 1681
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No