HOWARD’S END

DC-3 LOSS

THE 1943 SHOOT-DOWN OF THE AIRCRAFT CARRYING BRITISH ACTOR LESLIE HOWARD HAS BEEN SURROUNDED BY INTRIGUE, MYSTERY AND UNSUPPORTED THEORIES. CHRIS GOSS PUTS THE WHOLE DAY IN CONTEXT

WORLD WAR TWO

Actor Leslie Howard takes a break during filming of ‘The First of the Few’, in which he played Spitfire designer R J Mitchell.

A part from a handful of reconnaissance flights over the Bay of Biscay, Luftwaffe air activity was decidedly sleepy in this area off France’s western coast on May 31, 1943. Three Ju 88s took off on a weather flight at dawn, one of them spotting an eastbound U-boat, while two more flew a recce sortie that evening and recorded just fishing boats in the vicinity.

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