this is one for any postal historians out there. I think I have more or less figured out the routing of this cover and I outline it below. I am not 100% (not even close) sure so any observations would be most welcome. Any remarks on the postage would also be invaluable.
- Posted via airmail in Douala (Cameroun, Fr.Eq.Africa) on September 12th 1940 to Greece
- 9 francs 75 centimes postage. What exactly for?
- Passed by Cameroonian censor (2 circular handstamps CONTROLE POSTAL * Commission A /TERRITOIRE DU CAMEROUN)
- On August 28th Cameroons went over to De Gaulle, so Aeromaritime terminated at Cotonou. No airmail service out of Douala at this stage until October 16th.
- Either by sea all the way to the UK or by sea to Lagos and from there on BOACâ€™s flying boat route to UK, to be forwarded to Greece via BOACâ€™s Horseshoe route.
- OPENED BY EXAMINER 4237 in the UK, since this mail had not been previously censored by Imperial authorities.
- By sea to South Africa where it joined BOACâ€™s Durban â€“ Cairo leg.
- Arrived in Cairo where it was passed by Egyptian censor. Opened and resealed.
- In the meantime service to Greece had been suspended due to the German invasion. The marking Return to Sender was applied in Cairo.
- Returned along the same route (but by air?) to South Africa where it was to be transported by sea back to the UK.
- In Cape Town, it received the linear handstamp MAIL SERVICE SUSPENDED in English and Afrikaans, as well as a Capetown Returned L.O. 7 October 1941.
- By sea back to the UK where it was passed by censor for a second time, resealed with OPENED BY EXAMINER 444 (over the Return to Sender Cairo handstamp).
- Presumably by sea back to Duala, arriving perhaps late 1941.