Lisbon saw the landing of another Aircobra (BX369)

Date

Location

Force

Aircraft

 

From-To

 

Crew

15-01-1943

Portela Airport - Lisbon

USAAF               350FG                                                                

Bell P-400 Aircobra       BX369

 

Land's End (GB)  Port Lyautey (Marrocos)

 

2Lt.  Paul H. Hazelrigg     USA




An Aircobra squadron was using a B-25 as guide plane, but because of a navigation error the bomber went too far into the Atlantic. When they found out it was impossible for the fighter’s to reach Gibraltar because of fuel shortage, so they where guided to Lisbon.

While the bomber kept flying to North Africa the fighters had to land in the Portela airport.

This Aircobra landed on 15.05 hours.

It will became part of the P-39 and P-400 fighters bought by Portugal for 20.000 dollars and belonged to the OK Squadron from the Portuguese Aeronáutica Militar.

The pilot was interned in Elvas for some time.

Resources:
* “Aviões da Cruz de Cristo” – Mário Canongia Lopes
* "Spitfires e Hurricanes em  Portugal - Mário Canongia Lopes.
* ARQUIVO ANA -Aeroportos de Portugal
* Site: "http://raf-112-squadron.org/index3.html"
* Site "armyairforces.com"
* Robert Brown