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Old 3rd February 2010, 18:18
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Iberian Ju52 shot down 18 December 1939

Hi guys

Who has the story behind the shooting down of a Spanish Ju52 M-CABA of Iberian Airlines off Europa Point by British AA (from Gibraltar?) on 18 December 1939. All on board (3 crew, 10 passengers) were killed.

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Old 4th February 2010, 00:42
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Re: Iberian Ju52 shot down 18 December 1939

Hi Brian

I have found this link from an Spanish newspaper (2008). I don't know if you can read Spanish...
http://www.abc.es/hemeroteca/histori...999538161.html
As an overview, even nowadays it is not clear what caused the incident. Weather was not discarded but soon the theory of intervention from the HMS Active destroyer or Gibraltar's AA was considerd.
According to the writer. this fit well with the political situation in Spain in 1939 but soon some doubts became to surface and, at the end, some facts pointed to the German secret services intervention.
I have been unable to find anything else.
If you need any help with the translation do not hesitate in contacting with me via email.

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Old 4th February 2010, 00:57
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Re: Iberian Ju52 shot down 18 December 1939

Hello Brian,
It is rare for the logs of a WW2 RN destroyer to survive but those of HMS Active did! December 1939 is file ADM 53/107331 at Kew.

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