Um Wellington (HZ255) landed in Sagres

Date

Location

Force

Aircraft

 

From-To

 

Crew

19-04-1943

Saint Vicente Cape- Algarve

RAF   1443FTF

Vickers Wellington X    HZ255

 

Hurn (GB)  Gibraltar

 

Sgt    W. "Bill" Mclhinney      Irl

Sgt    G. "Jim" Hutchison      Canada

Sgt    Reg V. France               GB

Sgt    Harry Heaps                 GB

Sgt    W. "Bill" Buddle           GB




The crew fought against a storm all night and the effort exhausted the fuel tanks. After the landing they spent some days in Lagos before going to Elvas.

The crew was repatriated on June, 23.

The pilot wanted to return to Portugal in 1988. The local authorities prepared a big party but Heaps died days before the voyage.

The aircraft was first part of the Portuguese Aeronáutica Militar and was later returned to the RAF.

Resources:
* “Aviões da Cruz de Cristo” – Mário Canongia Lopes
* Elisabte Rodrigues
* Letters from Harry Heaps
* Newspaper "London Times"
* Newspaper "Algarve Resident"