"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.
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.
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."