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Auction: 19047 - The 'Rochambeau' Collection of France
Lot: 215

France The Rochambeau Collection
Air Mails
1928 "Ile de France"
1928 (7 Sept.) Roessler envelope from New York to Theo Champion in Paris franked United States 5c. 10c. (3) and another 10c. (3) on the reverse with New York Warwick St. duplex cancellations, "Mail Rescued at Sea from Plane/Abandoned 400 miles from Paris cachet" at lower left. Interesting and scarce with only part of the mail receiving the special cachet. Nierinck 280913a

On 13 September the seaplane of the "Ile de France", soon after taking off, had a magneto problem and was forced down on a rough sea not far from the Scilly Isles. The aircraft was drifting in the Channel and towed by a ship to Brest after having been found by fishermen. The mail and the fliers landed in Great Britain and the mail was forwarded to Paris on the 15h.

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