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Posted 10/10/2017   7:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add codexluminati to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
I have an example (which I believe is pretty common)of an airmail between the UK and Switzerland from 1943, it bears 2 censor markings, from UK and Germany.
Does anyone know how the airmail between the UK and Switzerland used to work in WW2? I hardly see any British airplane being allowed to fly over german occupied area.

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Posted 10/10/2017   8:18 pm  Show Profile Check Battlestamps's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Battlestamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It would have to pass through a neutral country like Sweden or Portugal.
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Posted 10/11/2017   07:03 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add codexluminati to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Battlestamps.
So UK to the neutral country, from there another stop in german territory to pass censorship, before being shipped to Switzerland?
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Posted 10/11/2017   1:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add perf12 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You might checkout this link;great pics.I still would like too know
exactly which form of tranport and itinerary a letter like yours took.
Airmail too Lisbon then through occupied France?Only British & German Censors.
http://greatbritainphilately.blogsp...-war_25.html
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Great link perf12.
The german sensor mark according to the link is from Paris.
So my best guess is:
UK-Portugal by airmail, from there by train or airplane to Paris, and then, by train or airway to Switzerland.
If anyone has more info, that would be great.
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According to "Airmail Operations During WWII" by Thomas Boyle, Mail from GB to Switzerland:
10 Jul 1940 to end of war but with many interruptions in service: To Lisbon via KLM or BOAC: by train, truck or Spanish airline to Marseilles, by train or truck to Switzerland.

However, due to the Paris German censor mark ("x"), I think we can safely say Paris in this case, rather than Marseilles.
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