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Fecha:martes 1 junio 1943
Hora:10:54 UTC
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-194
Operador:British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC
Registración: G-AGBB
Numéro de série: 1590
Año de Construcción: 1936
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 4 / Ocupantes: 4
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 13 / Ocupantes: 13
Total:Fatalidades: 17 / Ocupantes: 17
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:350 km (218.8 milles) N de la costa de La Coruña, Spain [Bay of Biscay] (   Océano Atlántico)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Lisboa-Portela de Sacavém Airport (LIS/LPPT), Portugal
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Whitchurch Airport, Reino Unido
Número de Vuelo: 777
Descripción:
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.

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


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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 197th loss
  • 65th accidente fatal
  • 9th worst accident (a la hora)
  • 305th worst accident (actualmente)
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