Portela Airport - Lisbon
Bell P-39L Aircobra 42-4495
Land's End (GB) → Port Lyautey (Marocco)
Lt. Ralph William Sebring USA
This was the first aircraft to land in the Lisbon airport that day and he arrived at 14.06 hours. The pilot explained that he had engine troube.
The pilot was interned in Elvas for some time nd after he was release he wnet to became part of 48 squadron, 14 Fighting Group, being shot down near Rome in January, 13, 1944. He became a POW for the rest of the war.
The aircraft will be part of the P-39 and P-400 fighters bought by Portugal for 20.000 dollars to integrate the OK Squadron from the Portuguese Aeronáutica Militar.
* “Aviões da Cruz de Cristo” – Mário Canongia Lopes
* "Spitfires e Hurricanes em Portugal - Mário Canongia Lopes.
* ARQUIVO ANA - Aeroportos de Portugal
* Site: "http://raf-112-squadron.org/index3.html"
* NARA - National Archives and Record Administration - Washington
* Robert Brown