Portela Airport- Lisbon
USAAF 389BG/ 564BS
Consolidated B-24D-95-CO Liberator 42-40772
Norte de Africa → GB
Cap John T. Blackis USA
Joseph Landry USA
Robert Perdy USA
Ernest George USA
David Rosenthal USA
Milton Nelson USA
Arthur Johnson USA
Warren Ware USA
Roger Cramer USA
Marshal Exnicius USA
The aircraft was returning from North Africa after being involved in operation “Tidal Wave”, the bombardement of the oilfields of Ploesti, in Romania.
Several bomb groups from the americans Eight and Ninth Air Forces were involved in the operations. About 170 planes wnet on the mission and abou 50 were shot down. The bombers took of form Líbia on Augist 1, 1943 and made a long way to reach the targets that were well protected . It was one of the most costly individual USAAF mission of the war.
The B-24 had problems with one of the engines and the crew was forced to make the emergency landing in Portela Airport, Lisbon.
The aircraft had the name “Sherazade” and became part of the Aeronática Militar.
There is information stating that the aircraft was bringing also some ground crew, but I still was not able to identified them.
* “Aviões da Cruz de Cristo” – Mário Canongia Lopes
* John T. Blackis family