- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: June 01, 1943
Time: 11:00
Location: Off the coast of France
Operator: British Overseas Airways
Flight #: 777
Route: Lisbon - London
AC Type: Douglas DC-3
Registration: G-AGBB
cn / ln: 1590
Aboard: 17   (passengers:13  crew:4)
Fatalities: 17   (passengers:13  crew:4)
Ground: 0
Summary: Shot down by the German Air Force over the Bay of Biscay. The last message received from the plane was it was being attacked by an enemy aircraft. The aircraft had a Dutch crew. British actor Leslie Howard, 42, killed. It has been speculated that the plane was attacked because the Germans believed that British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was aboard. Other theories suggest the plane was targeted because several passengers, including Howard, were British spies.
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