Vickers Wellington IC Z9098
Portreath (GB) → Gibraltar
Sgt Leonard Francis James Harris GB
F/Sgt Noel Arnold Graystone GB †
Sgt Hugh Berry GB †
Sgt Thomas Patrick Mcbride GB †
Sgt John Kevin Evans GB
F/O Kenneth Duncan Adams GB †
They flew over the British merchant ship "Loch Oskaig" near Cape Carvoeiro. The ship shot several salvos with their AA guns and hit the aircraft. The pilot tried to land in a beach near Sesimbra but four of the six crewmembers died in the attempt. Evans and Harris where severely wounded and local people put them over some debris and took them to a doctor that gave them the first aid cares.
Latter they were transfered to the British Hospital in Lisbon, where they stayed for five weeks. There they were visited by Portuguese authorities because the aircraft had been sacked. After being released they went to Caldas da Rainha for mor three weeks of internment. Both arrived in Gibraltar on May 4, 1942. The death are buried in the British Cemetery in Lisbon.
Harris died on March 15, 1943 and is buried in the Durnbach War Cemetery.
* Evade & Escape Report - National Archives/ London Kew
* Portreath ORB - National Archives/ London Kew