Aircobra (BX187) landed in Aljezur

Date

Location

Force

Aircraft

 

From-To

 

Crew

03-06-1943

Aljezur - Pego das Aguas

USAAF

Bell Aircobra P400           BX187

 

Portreath (GB) → Port Lyautey (Marroco)

 

Lt   Richard Savoy   USA




The pilot was in transit to North Africa in a group other airmen and fighters following one bomber that was being used as navigator.

The problems started when the engine started to cut during the flight and Savoy had to search a place to land.

The pilot hit the head and became unconscious during the manouver, but suffered no major injuries.

He was interned in Elvas some days latter.

The aircraft was transported to Lisbon in a truck and probably became part of the OK squadron from the Portuguese Aeronáutica Militar.

Resources:
* “Aviões da Cruz de Cristo” – Mário Canongia Lopes
*  “Aviões da Cruz de Cristo” – Mário Cannongia Lopes
* Arquivo da Associação de Defesa do Património de Aljezur
* Report of Aircraft Accident - AFHRA
* Martin Gleeson