From - to
Tonel Bay - Sagres
RAF 210 Sqn
Consolidated Catalina IB FP154
Gibraltar → Gibraltar
F/O Martin Joseph French GB †
F/Sgt Robert Joseph Gordon Campbell GB †
Sgt Gilbert Joseph Orton GB †
F/Sgt George Tod Wright Gibson GB †
Sgt Cyril Field GB †
Sgt Ian Lockarbie Maclean GB †
Sgt Ernst Hugh Strathearn Marsh GB †
Sgt Eric Mckim GB †
Sgt Eric Joseph Smith GB †
F/O George Eriksen Mcnaughton Australia †
The plane, from the squadron's detachment of Gibraltar, was on an anti-submarine patrol.
The day was very cloudy and the aircraft has some problems was in serius difficulties.
The population of Sagres was surprised when the Catalina almost crashed on the village. It was although able to recovering, flying towards the Tonel Bay where it exploded. The few pilot experience and the poor visibility were considered as causes of the crash.
Only the bodies of Orton and Gibson were recovered and they are buried in the cemetery of Sagres.
* “Aviões da Cruz de Cristo” – Mário Cannongia Lopes
* George Eriksen Macnaughton File – Australian National Archives
* Newspaper "The Algarve Resident"
* 210 ORB - National Archives UK - London, Kew