Criminal Occurrence
Last updated: 2 October 2014
Statuts:
Date:mardi 1 juin 1943
Heure:10:54 UTC
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-194
Compagnie:British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC
Immatriculation: G-AGBB
Numéro de série: 1590
Année de Fabrication: 1936
Equipage:victimes: 4 / à bord: 4
Passagers:victimes: 13 / à bord: 13
Total:victimes: 17 / à bord: 17
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:350 km (218.8 milles) N de La Coruña, Spain [Bay of Biscay] (   Océan Atlantique) show on map
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Lisboa-Portela de Sacavém Airport (LIS/LPPT), Portugal
Aéroport de destination:Whitchurch Airport, Royaume Uni
Numéro de vol: 777
Détails:
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.


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


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