Boeing Stearman PT-17, s/n 41-7998
January 6. 1942 Thayer, Robert N was on training flight on s/n 41-7998 at Reykjavík. At landing the aircraft ground looped and was badly damaged. Thayer, Robert N survived and the aircraft was repaired.
When the USAAF 33rd Fighter Squadron arrived in Iceland on August 6, 1941 they brought with them three Boeing Stearman PT-17 trainers. The Stearman aircraft were used to complete the initial training of some of the squadron pilots and other training as required.
After the war one of the aircraft S/N 41-7997 (MSN 75-1556 ) was transferred to Icelandic registration (Registration Nr. 27). This aircraft (ID letters TF-KAU) is still (22. Nov 2015) on the Icelandic Registry.
The faith of the other Stairman aircraft in Iceland is not known.
Source: USAAF Accident Records, ICETRA Aircraft Registry, 24.12.2015
Thayer, Robert N survived without injuries
Stearman Aircraft / Boeing PT-17
Operator: USAAF 33rd Fighter Squadron.