JU188 in Lisbon Airport
(Photo: Mário Canongia Lopes)
Portela Airport - Lisbon
Junkers Ju.188 A2 W.Nr.140669
Germany → Portugal
Berthold Raithel Germany
Hans Schwendter Austria
Alfred Funke Germany
The three men were civilians working in a Junkers factory in Germany and they used a test flight to escape from Germany and the war.
Alfred Funke, although a German, worked before the war in Canada for many years and after his escape he tried to return to that country. Altough he asked for a new visa to the Canadian authorities he was classigfied as a dangerous nazi simphatizer.
The German legation wanted Portugal to return the plane stating that it had been stolen, but as the war ended he was just left in airport and a couple of years latter it was scrapped. It was a prototype for a new version of the Ju188.
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