Portela Airport - Lisbon
USAAF 303 BG/360 Sqn
Boeing YB-40 Flying Fortress 42-5737
Lt. A. L. Fingerman USA
1Lt H.W. Monsky USA
2Lt F. N. Mills USA
2Lt F. B. Shaffer USA
Sgt M. Rosenhech USA
Sgt M.L Connie USA
The reason for this landing is unknown.
The aircraft name was “Dakota Demon” and it served in the well-known “Hell’s Angels” unit. He was in the Lisbon Airport during three days before being transferred to a Portuguese military base by Major Costa Macedo and Sergeant Santos.
The YB-40 was a B-17 reinforced with an extra number of machine guns. It did not carry bombs but had more 14 guns mounted in extra towers build in the plane. The objective was to increasing the firepower of the bomb squadrons when they were flying over enemy territory trying to keep the German fighters away. The allied long range fighters were not in use in the beginning of 1943.
Although the idea was to increase the firepower of the bomber squadrons but was finally a failure because the extra weight of the armored plates, guns and ammunition slowed him down, and he could not follow the other aircraft.
Only around 20 were built before the project was deactivated in the end of 1943 and beginning of 1944.
The final destiny of this aircraft is unknown.
* Arquivo ANA - Aeroportos e Navegação Aérea de Portugal - Lisboa