Catalina (FP286) had to ditch near Peniche

Date

Location

Force

Aircraft

 

From-To

 

Crew

31-03-1943

Santa Rita - Peniche

RAF    210 Sqn

Consolidated Catalina IB       FP286

 

Gibraltar → Gibraltar

 

Sgt        J. Holt                   GB

P/O       K. A. Jones            GB

Sgt        N. Beames             GB

F/Sgt     W. Stevenson        GB

Sgt        J. Nash                  GB

Sgt        R. Dixon                GB

Sgt        R.T. Wilson            GB

F/O       K. J. I. Harding      GB

Sgt        F. Cox Hill              GB

Sgt        W. Salt                   GB




The aircraft, from the Gibraltar detachment, was on patrol along the Portuguese coast when it started to lose fuel, and was forced to ditch.

The crew was first interned in a military prison in Peniche (the sergeants) and in houses nearby (the officers).

Nash suffered a sunstroke a couple of days after arrival and was interned in the British Hospital in Lisbon. He returned to England in a BOAC Flight on May 12.

One week after arrival the rest of the crew was sent to Elvas. All were repatriated on May 27.

Coxhill was interned in a hospital after arriving in England where he stayed until June 13.

The Portuguese Navy tried to recover the aircraft and several days were spent in the operation. After many attempts it was possible to rescue it from the beach and take him to the Naval Aviation Center in Lisbon, where it was stationed for several years before being scraped.

Resources:
* “Aviões da Cruz de Cristo” – Mário Canongia Lopes
* Evade & Escape Report - National Archives -  London, Kew
* Personal Papers from Victor Reynolds
* 210 ORB - - National Archives -  London, Kew