The number of rescues made by Portuguese ships in the first half of 1943 was very similar to the same period of the previous year. The destroyer Lima was the first to be involved in one of these operations, managing to find more than a hundred Americans from two different ships. Others followed...
The year of 1943 marks, however, a turning point in the Battle of the Atlantic with new tactics, means and technology allowing the Allies to change the course of it. The u-boats went from hunters to prey, while the number of sunk merchant ships dropped rapidly.
This change was reflected in the number of rescues performed by Portuguese ships from mid-1943 to the end of the war.
11-03-1943 Keystone castaways recovered by the Sines
29-03-1943 Moanda's crew rescued by the Portuguese Foca