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Last updated: 12 December 2018
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Datum:dinsdag 1 juni 1943
Tijd:10:54 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-194
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC
Registratie: G-AGBB
Constructienummer: 1590
Bouwjaar: 1936
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 13 / inzittenden: 13
Totaal:slachtoffers: 17 / inzittenden: 17
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:350 km (218.8 mijl) N van La Coruña, Spain [Bay of Biscay] (   Atlantische Oceaan)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Lisboa-Portela de Sacavém Airport (LIS/LPPT), Portugal
Vliegveld van aankomst:Whitchurch Airport, Verenigd Koninkrijk
Vluchtnummer: 777
Beschrijving:
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.

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


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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 197e ongeval
  • 62e dodelijk ongeval
  • 9e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 303e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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 Atlantische Oceaan
  • 3e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 31e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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