Condor (W.Nr. 0178) is shot down in Aljezur

Funeral of the German airmen in the Aljezur cemetery

Funeral of the German airmen in the Aljezur cemetery
(Picture: Associação de Defesa do Património Histórico e Arqueológico de Aljezur)

Date

Location

Force

Aircraft

 

From-To

 

Crew

09-07-1943

Aljezur

LUFTWAFFE      9/KG40

Focke-Wulf  FW200  C4      W.Nr.0178

 

Bordeus-Cognac Merignac → Bordeus-Cognac Merignac 

 

Feldw    Karl-Gunther Nicolaus      Germany  

Uffz       Hans Weigert                   Germany  

Uffz       Walter Beck                     Germany  

Uffz       Martin Angerman             Germany  

Feldw    Johann Bauer                  Germany   

Uffz       Werner Rieke                  Germany   

Obgefr  Ernst Herppich                 Germany   








The aircraft - with the code F8+NT painted on the fuselage - was shot down by a Beaufighter from 248 Squadron crewed by Flight-Sargent McLeod and Sargent Inglis.

Although some locals tried to rescue the crew they all died. They were buried in the Aljezur cemetery with the the presence of Portuguese and Axis military and civil authorities.

Four Portuguese men received German commendations for their efforts while trying to save the crew after the crash or because they became involved in the funeral preparation.

Resources:
* “Aviões da Cruz de Cristo” – Mário Canongia Lopes
* "A Batalha de Aljezur" - José Augusto Rodrigues
* Arquivo da Associação de Defesa do Património Histórico de Aljezur - ADAPHA
* Arquivo da Câmara Municipal de Aljezur