Bahrain, 1947

  • Digital Collection


These covers were onboard the B.O.A.C. S25 Sandringham V Class flying boat “Portland”, G-AHZB when it crashed into the sea at Bahrain while attempting to land on 23rd August 1947.  The plane was carrying a large volume of mail from a wide range of countries in the Far East. These covers were both posted on 18 August, one in China, one in Hong Kong.  The HK cover also received a single line boxed cachet in violet:  “DAMAGED BY SEA-WATER”.