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Covers: 1934-36 Inwards airmail (4) on Imperial Airways incident flights. Scarcer frankings/rates inc solo 9d for Karachi, & internal airmail services (2), 2/6 Seahorse, & 6d airmail postcard rate, carried on flights IE285, 286, 417 & 467, the 1st experiencing engine trouble with “Athena” at Delhi & Prachaur (Thailand), 2nd engine troubles at Rutbah & Alor Star, others delayed due to adverse weather or waterlogged airfield. Then 1935 (Jan 3) airmail from Cleckheaton GB to Melbourne with typed "Via Imperial Airways" -carried on the eventful IE303 which in turn experienced [1] “Sylvanus” forced landing 8 Jan at Mirabella (Italy) with engine trouble, [2] “Arethusa” delayed 12 Jan with engine trouble, & [3] “Athena” blown off course from Koepang (DEI), landing on a beach 60 miles east of Darwin. "Athena" refuelled by a Qantas DH61, which itself was damaged on take-off -confirmed by Melbourne arrival 20 Jan. Very few covers from this multi-interrupted flight recorded, plus 1935-36 (3) London to Sydney & Melbourne involved in Imperial Airways incidents in Dutch East Indies. [1] 1935 carried on IE309 “Athena” force-landed 4 Feb at Surabaya due to broken exhaust, Sydney b/s of 9 Feb confirms. [2] 1936 (Apr 17) IE437 “Canberra” burst tyre on landing at Surabaya, sm cnr flt, 2 May Melbourne b/s confirmation. [3] 1936 (May 27) IE449 “Brisbane” forced landing at Waingapoe 9 Jun -damage has removed b/s, 8pm London duplex confirms too late for IE448 (8)AVAILABLE at A$120