Vought-Sikorsky, OS2U-1 Kingfisher.OS2U 2 Kingfisher in flight 1942

The Accident:

Aircraft Buno 1717 was on observation and scout mission and failed to return to the battleship.

On 16 June 1941, the USS Mississippi prepared for patrol service in the North Atlantic. Steaming from Newport Rhode Island, she escorted a convoy to Hvalfjordur Iceland. She made another trip to Iceland on 28 September 1941 and spent over two months there protecting shipping convoys.

The Vought-Sikorsky OS2U Kingfisher was an American catapult-launched observation floatplane. It was a compact mid-wing monoplane, with a big central float and small stabilizing floats. Performance was modest, because of its light engine. The aircraft was operating from the battleship, USS Mississippi Hull No.BB41, west of Iceland. The mission was convoy escort.

Sources: US Navy Loss ListUSS Iowa BB 61 Planes
Aviation Safety Network

The Crew:

The fate of the crew of two is not known.

The Aircraft:

Vought-Sikorsky, OS2U- 1 Kingfisher
No. Buno 1717
Base: USS Mississippi BB 41
Operator: USS Mississippi BB 41.

Details on aircraft: WikipediaYoutube