Halifax (EB178) made an emergency landing near Peniche

Date

Location

Force

Aircraft

 

From-To

 

Crew

07-09-1943

Peniche

RAF       295 Sqn

Handley Page Halifax     EB178

 

Portreath (GB) → Sale (North Africa)

 

F/O    Frank Guy Reed                     GB

F/O    Gerald Edwards Treleaven     GB

Sgt     Michael Charles Medcalf        GB

Sgt     Neil Robson                           GB

Sgt     Eric Ernest Bruce Saunders      GB

Sgt     Montague William Tonkinson    GB




The aircraft was towing a Horsa (DP824) glider to North Africa when one of its engines started to burn. The pilot rerouted it to Portugal and they casted off the glider that landed in a beach.

The aircraft crash-landed in a pine forest and burst into flames. The crew escaped but some were injured. Reed, Treleaven and Saunders received assistance from local doctors and were sent to the British Hospital in Lisbon. Neither was badly injured.

They were participating in the mission “Beggar/ Turkey Buzzard”, that had the objective of transporting gliders to African bases, that would latter particpate in the invasion of Sicily.

Resources:
Arquivo do Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros - Portugal
* Evade & Escape Report - National Archives -  London, Kew
* 295 ORB - National Archives UK - London, Kew