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Criminal Occurrence
Last updated: 30 November 2015
Datum:Dienstag 1 Juni 1943
Zeit:10:54 UTC
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-194
Fluggesellschaft:British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC
Kennzeichen: G-AGBB
Werknummer: 1590
Baujahr: 1936
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 13 / Insassen: 13
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 17 / Insassen: 17
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:350 km (218.8 Meilen) N vom Land entfernt von La Coruña, Spain [Bay of Biscay] (   Atlantischer Ozean)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:Lisboa-Portela de Sacavém Airport (LIS/LPPT), Portugal
Flug nach:Whitchurch Airport, Großbritannien
Flugnummer: 777
BOAC Flight 777-A, a scheduled British Overseas Airways Corporation civilian airline flight on 1 June 1943 from Lisboa-Portela de Sacavém Airport (LIS), Portugal to Whitchurch Airport near Bristol, United Kingdom, was attacked by eight German Junkers Ju 88s and crashed into the Bay of Biscay, killing 17 on board including several notable passengers, most prominent being actor Leslie Howard.
Theories abound that the aircraft, a Douglas DC-3, was attacked because the Germans believed that British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was aboard. Other theories suggest the DC-3 was targeted because several passengers, including Howard, were British spies. During the Second World War, British and German civilian aircraft operated out of the same facilities at Portela and the incoming and outgoing traffic was watched by Allied and Axis spies. The Lisbon-Whitchurch route frequently carried agents and escaped POWs to Britain.

» BOAC Flight 777 (Wikipedia)
» Leslie Howard )Wikipedia)


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