Postal Incident

Ref: G3266
  • £325.00

1942 censored cover from India to Oxford, England, with a Park Street, Calcutta 29 MAR 1942 cancellation. The cover has been damaged by fire and the stamp has come away. On the front and back is a two line violet ‘DAMAGED / ENEMY ACTION’ cachet. From April to June 1942 the German Luftwaffe carried out air raids on southern England. Called the Baedeker raids, after the 1937 ‘Baedeker’s Great Britain’ tourist guidebook, towns and cities were targeted if they had been awarded three stars! 1637 people were killed in these air raids and 1760 seriously injured. This cover would have been involved in one of these air raids, hence the scorch marks, water damage and the cachet. As there is no arrival backstamp, it is impossible to pinpoint exactly here and when the incident happened. A very scarce cover from this time.