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Escape report Captain Dal L. Hollingsworth (serial number O-431884)
 

This escape report is the first report ever filed by an American evader and bears No EE-01.

 

Captain Dal L. Hollingsworth took off from Lands End in the United Kingdom on November 10, 1942 on board a C-47 bound for Algeria. They got lost because of the poor weather conditions and made an emergency landing in the Atlantic Ocean on November 11, 1942. They were rescued by a Spanish boat that took them to Lisbon in Portugal.
 

Here is the story he wrote after coming back to England:

 

 

"I was told by a British official that a P38 had landed at the airport of Lisbon out of gas. I was also told that a Blenheim had crashed on the beach, as the result of engine trouble. I think the crew were safe.

The officers and crew of the Spanish boat were exceedingly friendly and pro-ally. The people in Portugal seemed to be on our side and were pleased when during our stay there, at least 15 to 20 P38s passed overhead and at the news in the papers. We received a warning from the Legation Staff that there were Germans and German Agents present in Lisbon.

On the plane, there were about 10 or 11 Frenchmen, who had escaped from France. One young man, who spoke English, said that it had taken him two months to get out of France, that conditions were terrible there and that healthy Frenchmen were sent to work in Germany. When asked what the French people thought of the American bombing raids he said they understood that the raids were necessary. All the common people he said were on our side.

The Spanish boat was taking a cargo of flour from West Africa to Bilbao.

People in Portugal listen to the BBC broadcasts."

 

 

 

Source:

 

Escape report: http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-01.pdf

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